Mountain lion spotted in Bedford

On July 15, while hunting for groundhogs on the Ron Dively farm in Bloomfield Township, Bedford County, two friends, Dwight Hartman and Dave Smith, were walking along a grown-up fencerow at about 7:30 a.m.

Smith had the only rifle, and Hartman was periodically glassing the area ahead for groundhogs with 10x binoculars.

During a stop for observation, Smith happened to glance through the fencerow, across a narrow strip of recently-mowed alfalfa, at a figure standing at the end of a corn field that bordered a small patch of woods.

There stood a fawn-colored animal that could be easily taken at first glance as a large dog, but it was too low and long.

Smith tapped Hartman for his attention.

He glassed the animal and immediately identified it as a cat. Both were immediately astonished with that identification. Smith observed through an 18x riflescope and could clearly see the detail of its face.

It appeared to be quite healthy.

It stood for about 30 seconds and eventually laid down in the dirt for about two minutes. Both were observing all this time, and the animal seemed calm and oblivious to their presence.

Eventually, the cat stood and calmly walked away into the small patch of woods.

Both were able to clearly observe a long sweeping tail, curved at the end with a dark tip. It was absolutely no bobcat and was far too large to be a feral or barn cat. The observation distance was 91 yards, measured with a laser range finder.

The pair walked to the cat’s location to search for the remains of a kill or other evidence. The ground was too dry and hard to leave tracks.

The sighting was related to Dively later in the morning at his home. He said that one of the area farmers recently told of seeing a mountain lion running across the road in front of him.

I’m confident Ron Dively was correct. I just wish we would have brought along a camera.

David B. Smith

Duncansville

Lions need to create winning attitude

It is no secret to most Nittany Lion fans that certain teams both in and out of the Big Ten have been using some questionable tactics to lure potential Penn State recruits to their programs.

Most major college teams believe that if you aren’t doing a little so-called cheating you aren’t really trying.

Coach James Franklin can help to limit some of these recruiting tactics by developing a more cohesive football program where assistants aren’t being fired or leaving after promising to stay, where a quarterback of Christian Hackenberg’s potential doesn’t leave the program with little or no respect for the head coach, where an offensive scheme is not only exciting for the players but for the fans as well, where you keep some of your better players such as Austin Johnson and others from leaving the program before their time was up.

No one would disagree that Franklin came into a very challenging situation and does need more time and support to accomplish his goals, but as an example of what can be done to bring the Lions back to respectability, one needs to look no further than what Bill O’Brien did in his short tenure in motivating his and our team to look to the future with a very positive, winning attitude.

Recruits usually come from winning programs and are looking for the same result with the proud and resilient Nittany Lions.

Dave Kuhl, Laporte