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Mountain lion - panther - black panther - cougar sightings in Graves County.

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here kitty kitty

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#1 Nov 12, 2011
I've been reading online about several mountain lions being seen in Kentucky (as well as in all surrounding states). It is the typical tan colored mountain lion as well as a black panther (which "they" say does not exist even though hundreds have been seen) that has been spotted. The "officials" are responding that no one has seen such, that they are mistaking the big cats for a house cat, a black lab, a coyote or something else. The ones that they don't deny that someone has seen they say "must be" a big cat that someone raised as a pet and either it escaped or they set it loose. I don't think there have ever been that many pet mountain lions kept in this part of the country! lol From what I have read, a lot of people who have seen them hesitate to report it because they don't want to be called a liar, stupid, crazy, etc.

Have any of you seen one of these big cats or have you heard of anyone seeing one in Graves County or a nearby county??? Have you been told stories about them from your older relatives??? I know they have been spotted in LBL but I am wondering about here in Graves County.

I'd love to see one but I don't suppose it will be so neat if one chows down on my dog...or me! Beautiful animals but definitely not a joke.

I have also heard that black bears are moving in. I was told that one has already been spotted in the county. I recall when coyotes didn't live here and I sure don't recall white-tail deer being so common when I was a kid.

(*Note: I am talking about four legged cougars, not two legged which are already so common here! lol)
Probably

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#2 Nov 12, 2011
Possibly, it may be true. There have been confirmed, reliable sightings of cougars in the Missouri bootheel. There is a web sight that tracks confirmed sightings. Also black bear and at least one cougar in so. Ill. Cougars can swim, but the problem would be crossing the Mississippi River. I've heard a big cat scream twice in my life here, in the wild. Once as a small child, from a wooded area close to the house (this could have been a bobcat)and again about 30 years ago. That time it was nearby and sounded kind of like a woman screaming, but much louder and not exactly. We investigated with spotlights for a couple of hours but found nothing. I don't believe a bobcat could have made this sound, this loud. Yes, there are (or were) people here with big cats as pets. I don't know about cougars, seems doubtful, but a van broke down a few years ago outside and the woman had her pet lion in the van with her. I was told a few years ago a story about a man whose horse was acting skitish, refusing to move up through a wooded area. He forced the horse up the trail with much resistance when something came down out of the trees on the horses hindquarters, almost knocking the man off the horse. The horse bolted and ran with the man hanging on and had deep claw marks down its hindquarters. This was over 50-60 years ago, so a long time ago. I believe its possible to eventually see one here a their food supplies and habitat shrinks in other places.
here kitty kitty

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#3 Nov 12, 2011
...oh they are also being told that they are mistaking a bobcat/wildcat for a mountain lion. I seriously doubt that is true in most of the cases. A bobcat/wildcat has a short, bobbed tail - a mountain lion has a long tail and weights around 100 lbs more than a bobcat! Totally different animals that would be hard to confuse.
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#4 Nov 12, 2011
I'm in Graves county, btw, running under a proxy server.
Probably

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#5 Nov 12, 2011
Totally different animals! I have seen bobcat in the wild, have pictures to prove it, but taken in Missouri, not here. I have seen one bobcat in recent years in KY that was struck by a car in the 307 bottoms. Poor thing looked liked it was starving to death before it got hit by the car. I have seen a living cougar, caged and declawed, with his teeth capped. There is no way to confuse a bobcat and a cougar.

I do see the possibility of confusing a lioness with a cougar from a distance, until you saw the tail.
John

Benton, KY

#6 Nov 12, 2011
There have been confirmed road kill of mountain lions and/or mountain lion cubs in kentucky but wildlife officials say there is not a breeding population in kentucky that these were captive animals that escaped or were let loose by there owners and got killed on the road . I saw a tv show where something was killing a Texas mans cattle and they put up trail cameras and got pictures of a black leopard and u could see the leopard spots in the black of the leopards fur. They said this leopard probably worked its way up from South America through Mexico.
Strange Wind

Brownsville, TN

#7 Nov 12, 2011
Several people, including my husband, have seen big, big cats in West Paducah although the Forestry Services has denied the existence of such animals in our area.

I looked on a-z animals dot com and all the those cats have a natural range running up and down the U.S. into Canada but Graves and Paducah are excluded? With all the deer, foxes, coyotes we have to hunt?

Riiiiight.

http://a-z-animals.com/animals/puma/
forsure

Gilbertsville, KY

#8 Nov 12, 2011
Ive seen 4 cats in arnd hickman co. they where not bobs or cougs. they prob weighed 65 75 lbs. LONG tails. 20yrs ago,then one 6o 7 yrs ago.no doubt..Ive been a hunter a Loooooooooooongg time!
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#9 Nov 12, 2011
Probably wrote:
Possibly, it may be true. There have been confirmed, reliable sightings of cougars in the Missouri bootheel. There is a web sight that tracks confirmed sightings. Also black bear and at least one cougar in so. Ill. Cougars can swim, but the problem would be crossing the Mississippi River.
That reminds me of what I saw one day while my nephew and I were at LBL messing around. We were at Cherokee State Park there at Aurora sight-seeing. I was looking out at the Tennessee River/Kentucky Lake when I saw right out in the middle what looked at first like a piece of driftwood floating - I could barely see it. Then I noticed that it was moving straight toward us instead of floating down the river. My first thought was that it must be a deer crossing the river which amazed the heck out of me. Whatever it was, I was afraid it was going to drown before it got across the river! We watched and watched as it slowly got closer and closer. Then maybe a hundred feet or so off the shore I could tell that it was a dog. There wasn't a boat in sight so no it didn't jump or fall off of a boat. That dog swam straight across that river, straight to where we were. When it got there it was so tired it was having a hard time getting up on the bank out of the water. I spotted a place where it could get out easier and called it over there. It swam to that spot, climbed out, staggered a little bit as it shook off. I called it, trying to get it to come to me but I don't think it ever even looked at me twice. As soon as it shook off it trotted off on its way. I tell you, that dog was on a mission! He was headed somewhere and the Tennessee River sure didn't stop him. Seeing that was the highlight of the day. What a dog! Never would have believed it if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes. It was a medium sized shepherd-looking dog.

(I bet a cougar could handle a river better than people think.)
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#10 Nov 12, 2011
forsure wrote:
Ive seen 4 cats in arnd hickman co. they where not bobs or cougs. they prob weighed 65 75 lbs. LONG tails. 20yrs ago,then one 6o 7 yrs ago.no doubt..Ive been a hunter a Loooooooooooongg time!
Think maybe they were young cougars, not fully grown?
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#11 Nov 12, 2011
John wrote:
There have been confirmed road kill of mountain lions and/or mountain lion cubs in kentucky but wildlife officials say there is not a breeding population in kentucky that these were captive animals that escaped or were let loose by there owners and got killed on the road . I saw a tv show where something was killing a Texas mans cattle and they put up trail cameras and got pictures of a black leopard and u could see the leopard spots in the black of the leopards fur. They said this leopard probably worked its way up from South America through Mexico.
You know I just have a hard time believing that there have been that many big cat owners out there who would be so careless as to turn their animals loose. Also, if they are real pets there is a good chance that they were declawed and that would make it very, very hard for them to survive in the wild because they would have a hard time catching something to eat. For some reason the authorities just don't want to admit that they are here. I don't know, do they really think that they are so much above other people that they are right and all these other people are liars or idiots? Or maybe they don't want to admit they are here because if they do they have to deal with it and come up with a new set of regulations for the big cats. Or maybe they know they are here but won't admit it so they don't have to deal with it and are hoping that people will just quietly kill off all the cougars that are spotted? I haven't figured it out but something is going on. I bet they have all been told what to say in response to reported sightings.
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#12 Nov 12, 2011
Strange Wind wrote:
Several people, including my husband, have seen big, big cats in West Paducah although the Forestry Services has denied the existence of such animals in our area.
I looked on a-z animals dot com and all the those cats have a natural range running up and down the U.S. into Canada but Graves and Paducah are excluded? With all the deer, foxes, coyotes we have to hunt?
Riiiiight.
http://a-z-animals.com/animals/puma/
I agree, wild animals don't seem to follow directions on where they can live huh? lol
forsure

Gilbertsville, KY

#13 Nov 12, 2011
No ,I was bowhunting ,one came really close ,had boxed head ,with mean jaws, long tail with white tip, It was abt 12 yards under my tree,full grown whatever (panther) most laffed me up then,until a few more were seen fairly close 5miles or so.stay out in the wild enuff youll see a lot of things people wont believe.

Since: Oct 10

Trenton, TN

#14 Nov 12, 2011
This is a photo taken about 2 miles from a ladies house outside of Fulton on a game camera, she posted it on Facebook today:

http://imageshack.us/f/12/3098062644145862298...
Black Sheep

Paducah, KY

#15 Nov 12, 2011
good greif ....omg thats close to home..wowits carrying a fackin BUCK. is this really from this area if so, um ,yah i wanna know if its true,why wasnt this on the news wtf !!

Since: Oct 10

Trenton, TN

#16 Nov 12, 2011
Unless she was just straight up lying, I'd say so. It's not unheard of, what I wonder about is all the weird denial.
Black Sheep

Paducah, KY

#17 Nov 12, 2011
yah me too wtf isnt it on the news
milo

White House, TN

#18 Nov 13, 2011
Why worry about what the government workers say!? If you know they are real, they ARE. Government has always one some goofy stuff, right? We all know they are out here. They don't. So what!
Black Sheep

Paducah, KY

#19 Nov 13, 2011
weve been knowin there are mt lions AND even bears in theese parts.seen 2 bears in the past 5 years weve heard huge cats growl and hiss we heard one in the field making the mating call one hissed at my hub on jimtown road at our old place he said it was like the hiss of a lion! anyone who lives in the country knows a bobcat dont hiss at ppl and a bobcat hasnt got a long tail.yup we know they are out there so screw the media

Since: Nov 11

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#20 Nov 13, 2011
I have seen a black panther. It was actually just a little ways from the edge of Mayfield. It looked like it had just crossed the road and was going into the woods on the other side when i saw it.

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