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The photo was taken just northeast of Athens on the Pike-Montgomery County line at the edge of the Caney Creek Wildlife Management area, on the southern edge of the Ouachita Mountains, which extend east-west from western Arkansas into Oklahoma.

Mason Greene owns the camera and confirmed that his camera had captured the image.  He has had the camera set up at the site for three years.  This was the first and only time that he’s recorded a cougar.  The camera was set on a time delay.  Previously, it had captured three bucks all looking at the same direction, perhaps at the cougar.

John Mitchell of the Arkansas Game Commission visited the site and was satified that the photo had been taken where Greene said it had been taken–the brush and trees matched.  Greene had erased the SD card, so Mitchell could not be absolutely sure that it hadn’t been Photoshopped

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