Friday, October 9, 2009

District 4 AAAA Opener

Last night the Cooper Cougars arrived in Hereford, Texas to play the "Herd" (5-0) for the 4-AAAA District Opener. The Coogs took a long, 6 hour drive through the Texas panhandle which apparently put the team to sleep for when the game began the Cougars we're a bit, shall we say sluggish? However, they we're not alone for the officials we're struggling to stay awake themselves. Their tired eyes kept them dozing on & off throught the game, effecting their ability to see only 4 Hereford penalties but alert to see 17 against Cooper! Poor officiating is so frustrating! Especially when it's not going both ways......but it did serve a purpose because it stirred up the sleeping Giant and made him mad....okay, real mad!

Abilene Cooper 20 - Herford 14

FYI - The cougar (Puma concolor), also known as puma, mountain lion, mountain cat, catamount, or panther, depending on the region, is a mammal of the Felidae family, native to the Americas. This large, solitary cat has the greatest range of any large wild terrestrial mammal in the Western Hemisphere, extending from Yukon in Canada to the southern Andes of South America. An adaptable, generalist species, the cougar is found in every major American habitat type. It is the second heaviest cat in the American continents after the jaguar, and the fourth heaviest in the world, along with the leopard, after the tiger, lion, and jaguar, although it is most closely related to smaller felines.A capable stalk-and-ambush predator, the cougar pursues a wide variety of prey. Primary food sources include ungulates such as deer, elk, and bighorn sheep, as well as domestic cattle, horses, and sheep, particularly in the northern part of its range, but it also hunts species as small as insects and rodents. Moreover, it prefers habitats with dense underbrush and rocky areas for stalking, but it can live in open areas. The cougar is territorial and persists at low population densities. Individual territory sizes depend on terrain, vegetation, and abundance of prey. While it is a large predator, it is not always the dominant species in its range, as when it competes for prey with other predators such as the jaguar, gray wolf, American Black Bear, and the grizzly bear. It is a reclusive cat and usually avoids people. Attacks on humans remain rare, despite a recent increase in frequency.

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