any big cat sightings cougar

any big cat sightings cougar

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roar

Clinton, IA

#1 Feb 11, 2009
any one ever seen a big cat cougar,moutain lion in the jamestown area?Not bobcats
Big Cat

Johnson City, TN

#2 Feb 12, 2009
roar wrote:
any one ever seen a big cat cougar,moutain lion in the jamestown area?Not bobcats
1964, me and a older gentlemen saw one in what is now the Big South Fork, during a camping/hunting trip. It had eat on a deer we had killed and drug it about 60 yards and covered it with leaves. We jumped it about 150 yards from the deer carcass.
I also saw a polaroid picture of one killed by coon hunters who thought they had treed a large bobcat in a huge Hemlock tree. They killed it near Spradlin Kentucky, just outside the BSF boundary.
standing by the tamaters

Winfield, TN

#3 Feb 12, 2009
I have seen large cats twice over the last 4 or 5 years. The first crossed the road by the Allardt water tower. It was so fast it was hard to tell what kind it was, but it was huge and had a long tail. The color was shimmery gray with lighter spots. The second time was just about 5 months ago and again it crossed the highway, but was near East Fork Stables. These Cats seem to be the same kind. The closest thing I could find to what they looked like is a photo of a Florida Panther, so who knows.
Cryptonut

Columbia, SC

#4 Feb 12, 2009
Supposedly, cougars or "mountain lions" do not exist in this area.

The stories will be classified as false stories until real proof is brought forth.

Do everyone a favor, if you do see one of these animals retrieve some evidence. Fur or a scat or a photo.
drury

Paris, TN

#5 Feb 12, 2009
This is hilarious lol Seriously guys, if something like that had been living here so long, one would have turned up. A deer hunter would shoot one, a car would hit one, a verifiable trail cam pic would come out, some hard proof would show up after all these years if there really were mig cats in this area.
Cryptonut

Columbia, SC

#6 Feb 12, 2009
drury wrote:
This is hilarious lol Seriously guys, if something like that had been living here so long, one would have turned up. A deer hunter would shoot one, a car would hit one, a verifiable trail cam pic would come out, some hard proof would show up after all these years if there really were mig cats in this area.
Yeah, I suppose you are right. It only took 2,000 years of eyewitness claims and people calling them lies for a melanistic bobcat to be identified. Only until a few years ago, did they actually start being hit by cars, and being caught. I suppose those other 2,000 years of stories about them were all a huge coincidence. Humans "talked" them into existence. They never existed until then.

An animal with senses like that will stay away from any area where it would be spotted to begin with. That is common sense. They are seclusive by nature. If they hear/see/smell/notice any movement they are immediately hidden or gone. They wouldn't get hit by a car on the road, because they would be avoiding roads all together for the loud noises coming from that area. As for a hunter shooting one, they hunter would be noticed by one before the hunter noticed it. So the hunter would not be able to get a shot off, if he even saw it.

You are thinking pretty narrow minded and illogical.

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#7 Feb 12, 2009
drury wrote:
This is hilarious lol Seriously guys, if something like that had been living here so long, one would have turned up. A deer hunter would shoot one, a car would hit one, a verifiable trail cam pic would come out, some hard proof would show up after all these years if there really were mig cats in this area.
A pic of a kitten cougar that was ran over on a highway was in the McCreary County, Ky newspaper a couple of years ago.
To say just because someone hasnt seen one doesnt mean they arent there. I know MANY deer hunters who have never seen a bobcat, yet they are PROLIFIC in our area.
I know several outfitters out west in Prime Cougar territory, who leave trail cams out all year long and never get a pic of a cougar.
And I guess the fact that The National Park service admitted to knowing and admitting the existence of several breeding pairs of cougars in the Appalachian/Smoky Mtn area isnt relative to this discussion. LOL!

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#8 Feb 12, 2009
Not to mention there was a confirmed killing of one in Bledsoe County a few years ago. The TWRA even ran a story on it.
and so on

Monroe, TN

#9 Feb 12, 2009
me and my wife saw one about 3 or 4 years ago cross the road about 1am. it was on the park road right before dyeroe ridge rd.. it was a panther jet black and a very long curved tail.

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#10 Feb 12, 2009
and so on wrote:
me and my wife saw one about 3 or 4 years ago cross the road about 1am. it was on the park road right before dyeroe ridge rd.. it was a panther jet black and a very long curved tail.
There is no such thing as a "black panther".there are Black Jaguars in South And Central America and one was even bayed by some Mtn. Lion hunters in Southern Arizona, but there is no such thing as a Black Mtn. Lion.
standing by the tamaters

Winfield, TN

#11 Feb 12, 2009
drury wrote:
This is hilarious lol Seriously guys, if something like that had been living here so long, one would have turned up. A deer hunter would shoot one, a car would hit one, a verifiable trail cam pic would come out, some hard proof would show up after all these years if there really were mig cats in this area.
I promise you what I saw both times was large cats. I just do not know what kind. If you seen what I saw you would not see alot of humor in it.

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#12 Feb 12, 2009
Ecologists say mountain lions moving south, west
http://www.wbir.com/news/national/story.aspx...

"It is March 10, 1991. Park employee Gary Skinner and Arthur Stupka, former Chief Naturalist of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, are standing by their Park Service truck at the end of Cataloochee Road. They are staring intently into the last cleared field to the right of the road, near a row of apple trees at the far end of the field, beneath the rising ridges of unbroken forest stretching to the horizon. The deer are acting spooky. They are informed by a tourist that a large cat ran out into the field, then ran back into the woods. The deer are acting very skittish. They watch for about thirty minutes, but the cat does not reappear."
hereiam

Paris, TN

#13 Feb 12, 2009
I think it is just alittle odd that Matt Choate told me the exact same stories several years ago in the Allardt Market, that Little Crab Bound is telling about cougars on here LOL
Cryptonut

Columbia, SC

#14 Feb 12, 2009
Little Crab Bound wrote:
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There is no such thing as a "black panther".there are Black Jaguars in South And Central America and one was even bayed by some Mtn. Lion hunters in Southern Arizona, but there is no such thing as a Black Mtn. Lion.
Well there hasn't ever been one confirmed, at all...ever. That does not mean they do not exist though. Cougars or "mountain lions" carry the same genes that can cause them to be melanistic as all other cats. Lions, tigers, servals, bobcats and all other cats can be melanistic so I do not see why a cougar couldn't be. It happens about as often as albinoism.

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#15 Feb 12, 2009
hereiam wrote:
I think it is just alittle odd that Matt Choate told me the exact same stories several years ago in the Allardt Market, that Little Crab Bound is telling about cougars on here LOL
Possibly because he is my nephew maybe??

He posts on here some..Rarely, but he does post from time to time.
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Monroe, TN

#16 Feb 12, 2009
Little Crab Bound wrote:
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There is no such thing as a "black panther".there are Black Jaguars in South And Central America and one was even bayed by some Mtn. Lion hunters in Southern Arizona, but there is no such thing as a Black Mtn. Lion.
well pardon me it was black and a cat, is that better

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#17 Feb 12, 2009
Cryptonut wrote:
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Well there hasn't ever been one confirmed,
Actually..I am wrong as well. There was a black colore phase or "Melanistic" Mountain Lion killed back in the 40's out west. There is a pic of it in a old "Full Cry", hunting Magazine.
Cryptonut

Columbia, SC

#18 Feb 12, 2009
and so on wrote:
me and my wife saw one about 3 or 4 years ago cross the road about 1am. it was on the park road right before dyeroe ridge rd.. it was a panther jet black and a very long curved tail.
I did not pay close attention to this post to begin with.

I saw something very similar at the same location about 3 years ago.

When I saw it, it was about midnight and it was about 50 yards past the Darrow Ridge Road.
i saw one

Columbia, SC

#19 Feb 12, 2009
The post up here about Bledsoe county, could be the one i saw..It was in 1996 , i was coming off of hwy 111 on Cagle mountain just east of Dunlap and there was one ran over and dead on the side of the road. I saw it and stopped the car and got out and looked at it. It was a fawn colored very large cat with a long tail, it was biggger than a dog. i knew for a fact it was a mtn lion because when i was small a well known guy in Banner had 2 in a big pen and i saw them and watched him feed them once. It was in no doubt a real mtn lion. It was gone off the road when i came back through that night. I guess that is not Bledsoe but Sequatchie county, but still , those counties border. My husband has saw many tracks on Blackhouse mtn. Once at our local library in Jamestown, a ranger came from Reelfoot Lake to do a nocturnal animal presentation to the kids. I told him this story i witnessed and of many other sitings as well and asked him what he thought. He said he was 100% positive there were cougars all over the south. He said they needed hundreds of miles to roam, just one cat needed 1000's of acres, he said they were so elusive the chances of ever seeing one was extremely rare, they smell you miles before you reach them. Also the panthers in Florida are black. There has been a black panther, lion , cat , whatever spotted in Pall Mall by many people that i know whole heartedly that are not lying about it. I also know some people in wayne county ky , very honest old couple that have seen one on their farm numerous times. Maybe there is no proof but there are a handful of individuals that i know are telling the truth and i saw one with my own eyes dead 100 miles south of here and that is all the proof i need. Bobcats are here by the 1000's but i have only seen 2 or 3 in my life..
Cryptonut

Columbia, SC

#20 Feb 12, 2009
One of the problems with listening to people tell these stories is they do not know the difference between a Mountain Lion or a Bobcat. This is sad.

I used to be employed at a place where hundreds of local people would come in each day. They would tell stories about "mountain lions" that they saw. After questioning them very shortly, you realize they were talking about a bobcat. When you say to them "that is a bobcat, not a mountain lion" they just reply with "well, I call it a mountain lion and so do most of the people I know"

I can call a rabbit a squirrel, but that doesn't make it a squirrel.

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