Lion Email a Hoax
the Kansas Dept. of Wildlife and Parks
This winter, the
Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) has received dozens
of emails from people all reporting the same story, with slight variations,
about a giant mountain lion being shot near Leon during our 2003 firearms
deer season. Unfortunately, these folks were victims of one of many
email hoaxes that circulate the web.
photograph was actually featured in the fall issue of the Boone
and Crockett Club's magazine, Fair Chase," says KDWP Information
and Education Section Chief Bob Mathews. "The lion had been
taken earlier in the year within an hour's drive of Seattle, Washington."
hoax first began when it was said to have been taken near Harrisburg,
Penn., according to Boone and Crockett's magazine. Since then, the
KDWP website feedback email has received dozens of messages claiming
it was taken in Alabama, Montana, Texas, and Wyoming, as well as
there is a lesson to be learned here," Mathews adds. "Folks
should check dubious email stories out before passing them around."
watchdog websites are truthorfiction.com and snopes.com. The following
is an example of the recent email hoax, which was accompanied by
the photo from Fair Chase magazine:
from one of my friends at [name a workplace]. This mountain lion
was shot near Leon, Kansas. This guy is a friend of one of the guys
who works with my friend. He was going deer hunting when he heard
his neighbor's cows making noise. He discovered this cat attacking
and reportedly the cat jumped 8 feet into the air, ran about 100
yards, and died. The man in the picture is over 6 feet tall and
the cat weighed over 200 pounds."