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I am a park ranger in the smoky mountains. I have been working in that area for the past 15 years. I have recently heard from some friends in Loudon that there has been a few sightings of a large cat like creature. The sightings occured in the piney community. When told to me, it was said to be a mountain lion. Although there has been 4 sightings of mountain lion in the smoky mountains in the past 15 years, with no photo evidence, it is believed that mountain lions, also known as cougars, have been extinct to this area for many years. I was wondering if anyone else in that area had seen anything that can confirm this.
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TNwildlife wrote:
I am a park ranger in the smoky mountains. I have been working in that area for the past 15 years. I have recently heard from some friends in Loudon that there has been a few sightings of a large cat like creature. The sightings occured in the piney community. When told to me, it was said to be a mountain lion. Although there has been 4 sightings of mountain lion in the smoky mountains in the past 15 years, with no photo evidence, it is believed that. mountain lions, also known as cougars, have been extinct to this area for many years. I was wondering if anyone else in that area had seen anything that can confirm this.
I JUST HEARD ONE WHILE ON MY FRONT PORCH SMOKING A CIGARETTE BEFORE BED. THIS IS STILL KINDA GOING ON. I CAN HEAR IT MOVING A LITTLE BIT IN THE WOODS. I REALLY DON'T KNOW IF I SHOULD TRY TO CALL SOMEONE OR NOT. HELL I LIVE IN A SUBDIVIDISION IN POLK CO AT THE FOOT OF RELIANCE
LIKE HYW 411 AND HIWASSEE RIVER. MY DOGS DIDNT PURSUE ONCE THEY GOT UP TO IT.... DAMN I GOT TWO SMALL CHILDREN
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May 2, 2012
 
I know what i heard. Im not an expert on these things but i have never heard or seen anything like that this close to my house . Im typing this on my smartphone sitting still and listening for it again
Cindy

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We were out walking while staying in the cabins at the crossings at pigeon forge when 4 of the group spotted a mountain lion within 200 feet of our roadway. It was in the backyard of a house and went into a wooded area.
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Kodak, TN

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Oct 5, 2012
 
I saw one last year in Kodak and just heard tonight someone within a few miles had seen one also. It was about five in the morning and my car headlights were on it, the one I saw was a young one.
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Oct 24, 2012
 
I was blowing leaves today in pigeon forge area and saw what I think was a cougar...he was about lite brown yellowis color and pointed ears and a tail...he showed me his teeth it scared me to death...I guess he thought the leaf blower was going to hurt him.......if he handt have scared me I wish id thought of taking a picture of him but I wanted to get outta there it was in a wooded area
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I was setting in our family cemetery tonight, which is at the foot of white oak mountain in Bradley co. I saw something walking along the edge of the woods. At first i thought it was a coyote. I turned the headlights of my car on and was shockingly surprised. It was a beautiful mountain lion. It was tan in color. I was in such shock i didn't have time to get a picture. It ran back into the woods up the mountain. I have heard tons of stories my my mother n grandfather about them seeing these magnificent animals. I myself had never seen one before tonight . I looked up mt. Lions to make sure i was correct n sure enough i was.
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I've been blessed on two occasions to see the cougar in our neck of the woods. I can't say that their here in great numbers but these two were and I'm sure still are around somewhere close. I'm convinced that there is still a few in this region of the state as well as the wilder portions of the smokies. I have a vary close friend who works in these woods daily and we were together on one of my sightings. He told me about another he had just a few weeks before we saw the big cat. All of the cats appear to be tawny to rust in color, not black, and were around 7 to 8 feet long. One was clearly a male as he sprayed just as he jumped out of sight. I'm not sure where they came from or how many they are in our area, but it is cougars and all these sightings have happened since some portion of the area as been clear cut. I believe that the elk coming around plus the clearing of some of the thickest areas have helped to make them visible. NO MISTAKEN IDENTS HERE we have a combined 80 plus years in the woods friends, and we have seen whats out here often and up close. cougars are here in a few places in Tennessee.

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Dec 16, 2012
 
I love the Smokey mountains. Helluva rainfall in the summer up there.

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TNwildlife wrote:
I am a park ranger in the smoky mountains. I have been working in that area for the past 15 years. I have recently heard from some friends in Loudon that there has been a few sightings of a large cat like creature. The sightings occured in the piney community. When told to me, it was said to be a mountain lion. Although there has been 4 sightings of mountain lion in the smoky mountains in the past 15 years, with no photo evidence, it is believed that mountain lions, also known as cougars, have been extinct to this area for many years. I was wondering if anyone else in that area had seen anything that can confirm this.
Have you considered putting in some kind of surveillance camera in the areas you believe the cat is passing through? I've put in a site below that operates out of Los Angeles. We too have small populations. They have to navigate between ranges criss crossed by freeways. DNA testing has shown a lack of genetic diversity; inbreeding. Good luck.

http://www.cougarmagic.com/
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I saw a dead young mountain lion on the south lane of I-75 at mile 49 (Athens, TN)about a week ago (Dec 2012). It's tail was very long and bushy. About 15 years ago, an acquaintence indicated he saw one while mountain bike riding at Indian Boundary campground area. Someone also told me that they also recently saw two Mt. lions early in the morning around Cleveland, TN.
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We have some trail cams to put out after deer season. hopefully we shall get a new clear pic, however I saw a great pic a while ago taken from a few miles away and it was explained away as a deer in bad light. Unfortunately the facts are not convenient for some people when they clearly show something to the contrary of their public policy and opinion. That doesn't mean we should quit doing the work to prove and most of all protect these amazing creatures. I was ridiculed several years ago when I made a black bear report, just to be proven correct when the big bear was hit with a truck and killed. Now the bears are everywhere even in our towns and burbs. Things have a way if given a small chance to survive. These animals will to.. Believe it or not forums like this are vital in keeping people talking about them. An exited person will look and gain the info needed to make confident identifications and reports. If you see one make sure of what your seeing first, be able to make an accurate description and someone will eventually take you and I serious. Those on top already have the knowledge of them, the people you and I deal with are good people doing and thinking what they are told, I have had two forestry service employees tell me of studies and sightings the public is not made aware of. That is absolute proof for me the animals are being studied. You can't study and report about what isn't there.I will make one other comment, Please don't send out these pics and video's of a big old black housecat calling them our mtn black panthers anymore. This gives people the amo to call all of us idiots and ignorant hillbillies. I'm not calling anyone a liar, just make sure of what you think your seeing before you proclaim it to the world. This and all endangered animals is a very serious issue, and we, they need all the help they can get. I'm an avid coon, deer, wild hog, etc.. hunter and I've probably seen a hundred old feral housecats in these woods, so I understand anyone seeing and talking about them, but I watched a vid yesterday of a 8or so lb house cat walking in the woods while the guy with the cam gave us a play by play about this huge black mtn panther, what a hoot. But you see, we as well as the real mtn lion becomes the joke. Think about it. Thanks for your time and any ones reply. Happy holidays to all.
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I saw a mountain lion about 2 years ago sitting up near my fence line about 500 feet from my house. We live in eastern bradley county and have lived in this house for 30 years at that time. I have some 10 x 50 binoculars near the back window and got a 20 second look. He was looking back and forth, then got up...turned and jumped into the brush. He had a tail longer than his body. He was a tan / gray with a almost white underside. A beautiful strong cat. He appeared to be large (80-100 pounds). My neighbor raises horses and another neighbor nearby raises cattle. I was told they are officially not here, but many others have seen them too.
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Jan 5, 2013
 
I am in no way challenging anyone's sighting, nor would I. I'am interested in a recent story I heard around the cleveland chatt. area concerning a large dark or black cat being seen and reported before Christmas. The story I heard stated the cat was seen on or crossing the road just before the on ramp of I75 somewhere around cleveland. I can't seem to get the info straight or from the right source. One person told me the cat was 7 to 8 feet long and actually had been seen by some restaurant patrons and was reported to authorities. The interesting part to me is the dark color. I have heard of the regular colored cougars being seen in that area, but not a black or dark cat recently. I've seen two cougars in the woods here in TN, but both were tawny to rust color. So many of the older reports are of the black cats, I've always wanted to talk to someone who actually saw one. There here live and in different colors I suppose. Please comment if you have any info. Thanks for your time.
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TNwildlife wrote:
I am a park ranger in the smoky mountains. I have been working in that area for the past 15 years. I have recently heard from some friends in Loudon that there has been a few sightings of a large cat like creature. The sightings occured in the piney community. When told to me, it was said to be a mountain lion. Although there has been 4 sightings of mountain lion in the smoky mountains in the past 15 years, with no photo evidence, it is believed that mountain lions, also known as cougars, have been extinct to this area for many years. I was wondering if anyone else in that area had seen anything that can confirm this.
long tails-- likes deer cover and water .

even where they are plenty ful most people will never see one ..

the smokey's have every thing lions like, why would they not be there?

i would think some mt saddles have lots of scratches..
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Over the years, many experts in this field have speculated that a small number, as few as 6 and as many as 20 cats make the most remote regions of the smokies their home. some of these people also believe the animals range much wider. My sightings were within 36 line of sight miles away from the smokie mtn park, but many have reported the animals much further away. Who actually knows all there is to know? Certainly not I. I do have some education on the matter, that tells me there more out there than we have been led to believe. Keep your eyes open, and keep a good camera when your going out. I spoke to a gentlemen from KY today, who said he say two during the early deer season in bell co., I believe him. Thanks for your time. ps speak to loggers and forestry officers in your area, many have given me good info.
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Jan 25, 2013
 
Kevin Jackson wrote:
I saw a dead young mountain lion on the south lane of I-75 at mile 49 (Athens, TN)about a week ago (Dec 2012). It's tail was very long and bushy. About 15 years ago, an acquaintence indicated he saw one while mountain bike riding at Indian Boundary campground area. Someone also told me that they also recently saw two Mt. lions early in the morning around Cleveland, TN.
Was the carcass in the road, on the shoulder, or "way" off the road?
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I'm very interested in this thread and any accounts near the Hamilton/Bradley/Polk/McMinn/R hea/Meigs areas. There's always been a hope that there are cougars in TN but TWRA ardently insists that there are not. While there have been confirmations in nearby states, we have yet to find conclusive evidence of a cougar in TN. While it's not absurd to think that the western or southern populations are beginning to expand, research this far indicates that these are nomadic males in "dispersal mode". Without a female, well, it's just not a population potential. I've talked to the TWRA heads and they have never (from what I was told) maintained any database surrounding reported sightings. Other professionals in the cougar industry have agreed that there are no viable populations here. There's speculation that any cougars potentially in TN are actually released/escaped pets (before we think that is too far out to believe, I've worked with 2 cougars and both were confiscated by TWRA from unauthorized owners).

All that being said, I'm willing to work to confirm cougars in this area if I get enough details where I believe its a cougar and I can actually locate the area. GPS coordinates or something to narrow it down. White Oak or Cherokee Forest is a bit too broad. So, if you have info, I'm all ears (or eyes as the case may be).
Stacie Chrisman

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Jan 27, 2013
 
Early this morning my dogs were barking in the back yard and my son walked around the house to see what was going on. My shepherd was growling and looking toward the creek so he walked down there and he had his flash lights so he looked down the creek bank and to his surprise he came eye to eye with what he described to be a mountain lion. He also said he heard what he thought was a baby crying up on the ridge behind the house. He seems to think that it was a female and it was her babies that he heard crying out to her. I am in McMinn County right in the city of Athens and this just seems so unreal. I do know that my neighbors have seen coyotes on the ridge behind the house. I have tried to contact the TWRA and with not luck. My fear is when my younger children go outside she may decide to cross the creek and attack them. If anyone has any information on how I can contact a person at TWRA I would really appreciate it.
If you have any suggestions feel free to email me at smurphy1263@aol.com.
Thank you for your time.
Stacie Chrisman

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Jan 27, 2013
 
HockeyChic wrote:
I'm very interested in this thread and any accounts near the Hamilton/Bradley/Polk/McMinn/R hea/Meigs areas. There's always been a hope that there are cougars in TN but TWRA ardently insists that there are not. While there have been confirmations in nearby states, we have yet to find conclusive evidence of a cougar in TN. While it's not absurd to think that the western or southern populations are beginning to expand, research this far indicates that these are nomadic males in "dispersal mode". Without a female, well, it's just not a population potential. I've talked to the TWRA heads and they have never (from what I was told) maintained any database surrounding reported sightings. Other professionals in the cougar industry have agreed that there are no viable populations here. There's speculation that any cougars potentially in TN are actually released/escaped pets (before we think that is too far out to believe, I've worked with 2 cougars and both were confiscated by TWRA from unauthorized owners).
All that being said, I'm willing to work to confirm cougars in this area if I get enough details where I believe its a cougar and I can actually locate the area. GPS coordinates or something to narrow it down. White Oak or Cherokee Forest is a bit too broad. So, if you have info, I'm all ears (or eyes as the case may be).
I hope this is getting to you. I live in Athens, TN which is in McMinn County. My son just seen what he thinks was a mountain lion early this morning and he also said he heard what he thinks were her babies crying. He said it sounded like a baby crying. I am not sure but if you have any suggestions I would really appreciate it I have tried to contact the TWRA and have yet to be able to get ahold of anyone. You may contact me thru here or you can send me an email at smurphy1263@aol.com.

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