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Felix the Cat

Talking Rock, GA

#1 Mar 20, 2012
This is not the first thread on Ellijay Topix about a big cat sighting.

Myself and 4 others have just had a similar recent experience. 5 people heard the "animal" but 2 actually observed it and were able to describe it to an animal control office in substantial detail,(head, color, body size, tail etc.), the result of focusing a 2 million candle power flashlight on it.

The sighting was duly reported to the DNR and their official position is that the N. GA population of mountain lions vanished several decades ago. The DNR also says there is not a wild population of any large cat (other than bobcats) in this area.

Several years ago, a "Florida Panther" was shot and killed by a hunter in Troup County GA, a fair distance from their known habitat in South Florida. That is the furthest north in Georgia where there is positive proof of this type cat. DNA tests were done on the dead cat and it is suspected that particular cat migrated north from the S. Fla. population.

The only other positive proof came last year in Alabama when a hunting camera captured the image of a suspected panther or similar cat. It's worth noting that Alabama, along with some other states do allow certain citizens to keep large cats as quazi pets so the black panther might be one of those. It turns out that there are breeders of these type cats in Missouri who are allowed to sell them to citizens of other states where keeping them is legal.

http://www.thejump.net/multimedia/cougar/blac...

From Northeast Alabama (not too far from us)
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http://www.youtube.com/watch...
is also form Alabama, folks, that is no bobcat and is not a dog!!!

These big cats are elusive, reclusive, mostly nocturnal, do not like light and when spotted move like the wind. Getting a photo of one of these cats is not only very difficult but also dangerous.

Until there is proof, the State of Georgia continues to contend there are no large cats in this immediate area and they're not about to change their position.

Way too many people insist they have seen this type of cat. Even if you dismiss 50% as crackpots and eliminate 95% of the remaining sightings as something else, I find it hard to believe that 100% of all sightings are wrong.

A few years ago a panther like cat was spotted near where the Coosawattee River meets Carter's lake. The current sighting is not terribly far from that location.

The local animal control officer and the DNR have been terrific in their response but without proof there's really nothing they can do. If you find a suspected paw print of a large cat, the DNR advises to either try to get a mold of it or place a bucket over it to prevent rain from damaging the print and call the DNR. When photographing such a print, the DNR advises to place an object nearby (like a baseball, cinder block etc.) for size reference.

My neighbors know what they saw and the rest of us know what we heard but it wasn't good enough. It may take 1 year, 5 years or more but it's only a matter of time before the "proof" surfaces. Until then, use common sense, keep your pets inside at night and relish the beautiful area we live in, including its wildlife. For the time being, that's all we can do.
Cartecay

Ellijay, GA

#2 Mar 20, 2012
Felix, I haven't heard a 'painter'(mountain lion aka Cougar) in a long time,but I know they're here.
When I was a little girl (almost 50 years ago) my daddy and I saw a huge black cat, covering the concrete picnic table that at the time, was located across from the county jail. I guess big cats, just like house cats, like to lay on tables, lol.
Terry Daniel

Ellijay, GA

#3 Mar 20, 2012
Cartecay wrote:
Felix, I haven't heard a 'painter'(mountain lion aka Cougar) in a long time,but I know they're here.
When I was a little girl (almost 50 years ago) my daddy and I saw a huge black cat, covering the concrete picnic table that at the time, was located across from the county jail. I guess big cats, just like house cats, like to lay on tables, lol.
They are here. I saw one on Big Creek Road several years ago and there are some at the rehab center off Hwy 52 West.
Dennis

Talking Rock, GA

#4 Mar 20, 2012
There was on spotted off Yukon last year. My cousin and his hunting buddies swear saw one while hunting 2 years ago. It was brown.

Since: Mar 12

Ellijay, GA

#5 Mar 20, 2012
I saw one in Fannin County about 15 years ago. I was riding through the mountains around midnight it jumped across the road in front of me as I came around a curve.
Mack

Ellijay, GA

#6 Mar 20, 2012
He has fooled all of you. Its really Graybeard.
MDX

Talking Rock, GA

#7 Mar 20, 2012
WAS THE CAT IN COOSAWATTE?

“Airhead”

Since: Jan 11

I'm finished with commas!

#8 Mar 20, 2012
Good grief, just when I thought it was safe to go outside.

I did see a dog at the vet last year, whose owners claimed they saw it attacked by a big cat. Not sure what word they used.
This dog was very large and tore up, darn near to pieces. I believed.

“Airhead”

Since: Jan 11

I'm finished with commas!

#9 Mar 20, 2012
Felix the Cat wrote:
http://www.thejump.net/multimedia/cougar/blac...
From Northeast Alabama (not too far from us)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =41qbGFz-dhsXX&feature=rel ated
http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Holy Cr*p!
Faith

Talking Rock, GA

#10 Mar 20, 2012
I'm with you, holy cr*p! Scary and beautiful, just like my first husband.

If they're not already here it sure seems like it's heading in that direction. Makes me wonder how many are really out there and are they having babies?
Bob

Ellijay, GA

#11 Mar 21, 2012
If it looks like a black panther, it was probably a jagarunday (spelled wrong); they were imported from central/south america into florida many years ago (and escaped). They look like baby panthers (maybe 1/3-1/2 the size of a FL panther). I came across two of them about 15 years ago in rural north florida. Also, remember they recently had a DNA confirmed cougar from S.Dakota that made it all the way to one of the mid-atlantic states. So keep an eye out!
Jethro Bodine

Paonia, CO

#12 Mar 21, 2012
95% of yall who's seen a painter has also seen bigfoot.
Terry Daniel

Ellijay, GA

#13 Mar 21, 2012
Do they still have the big cats at the animal rehab center just off Hwy 282 at MT. Pleasant ROAD?
Felix the Cat

Ellijay, GA

#14 Mar 21, 2012
Bob wrote:
If it looks like a black panther, it was probably a jagarunday (spelled wrong); they were imported from central/south america into florida many years ago (and escaped). They look like baby panthers (maybe 1/3-1/2 the size of a FL panther). I came across two of them about 15 years ago in rural north florida. Also, remember they recently had a DNA confirmed cougar from S.Dakota that made it all the way to one of the mid-atlantic states. So keep an eye out!
Florida panthers come in different of colors including black.

http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images;...

Anything is possible but it's more likely the black cat in the Alabama video came from the South Florida panther population rather than from central/south America. Unfortunately DNA con not be obtained from a video. It could also have escaped from captivity.

If three of these cats have already been captured on film (a rare event) in Alabama and a fourth one killed in Troup County GA, how many more are out there is an obvious question. At this point there's no further proof, just common sense.
Felix the Cat

Ellijay, GA

#15 Mar 21, 2012
Terry Daniel wrote:
Do they still have the big cats at the animal rehab center just off Hwy 282 at MT. Pleasant ROAD?
Yes they do. The DNR called the wildlife sanctuary after the recent sighting and all of their cats were accounted for.
Nature Lover

Blue Ridge, GA

#16 Mar 24, 2012
The Cougars died off with the Trail Trees =)

“Airhead”

Since: Jan 11

I'm finished with commas!

#17 Mar 24, 2012
I'm spooked.
Where exactly was this cat, Felix?
Doug Llewelyn

Paris, TN

#18 Mar 24, 2012
Do you people not even look at georgia outdoor news ? It's right there on the news stand , they had a pretty good story a few months back about big cats in GA . Many ,many pictures of proof from trail cameras .
Grand Architect

Chatsworth, GA

#19 Mar 25, 2012
WE know where the black cat sleeps.WE was off trail on mountain exploring rocks about 30 feet down from the trail,when WE seen a rock formation that had a dark cavity,getting closer there was a black cat blending in with the darkness...WE decided WE didn't want a rug that day...WE were hiking with a aircraft aluminum self defense raven cane which now sports a 6 inch stainless steel bolt through it just above the bottom cane stopper in case some animal wants to become a rug,lol...its a trip,parents and kids walk by right above its den.and no, WE wont tell anyone where it is..they coexist with us...
Felix the Cat

Ellijay, GA

#20 Mar 25, 2012
EgoBrain wrote:
I'm spooked.
Where exactly was this cat, Felix?
As stated before, it was not too far from a similar sighting about 3-4 years ago, near where Carter's lake meets the Coosawattee River. The specific location was given to all the proper authorities.

Since these cats tend to roam great distances and since the animal is now long gone, revealing the exact location would serve no purpose but to cause unnecessary fear.

A little further research shows there have been thousands of sightings of panthers in Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, North Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, the western part of Virginia, Arkansas, Missouri and the southern part of Ohio. Even though the number of cats captured on video or still frame has been increasing, acceptable proof of a breeding population outside of South Florida has not been established.

Several states DNR's acknowledge that some of the cats roaming about might have come from private ownership and either escaped or were released, including Georgia.
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