Woods and Waters An outdoor blog by John McCoy

It’s a hoax, folks!


Contrary to what you might have read, seen or heard, a huge mountain lion has not been killed in West Virginia.

The accompanying photo has been circulating around the Internet for the better part of a week. The story that usually accompanies it alleges that the cat was killed along the highway between Parkersburg in Wood County and Grantsville in Calhoun County.

Nothing could be further from the truth. In reality, the unfortunate lion was struck by a Ford F350 pickup truck driven by Marshall and Barbara Rader near their home in northern Arizona. The man in the photo is Jason Ellico, the Department of Public Safety officer who was called out to dispatch the injured animal.

The accident occurred in December. Since then, the photo has circulated around the Internet, usually accompanied by a claim that the cat was killed in Arkansas or West Virginia.