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Old 12-04-15, 10:23 AM   #31
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I know big cats and wampus cats may fall under Folklore in our area. I have slept in the swamp many nights. Just because the scientific community has not confirmed a sighting is suspect. The Big Cats are out there. Trust me.
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Old 12-04-15, 10:29 AM   #32
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At low tide, I've been walking/wading the the marsh/flats on St. Simons island and run across cats a few times. Not large cats, but I don't know if I would call them "house" cats either.

That's my wild cat story.... and I'm sticking to it.

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Old 12-04-15, 11:16 AM   #33
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At low tide, I've been walking/wading the the marsh/flats on St. Simons island and run across cats a few times. Not large cats, but I don't know if I would call them "house" cats either.

That's my wild cat story.... and I'm sticking to it.

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Ha. I've always called those dumpster cats because they tend to live out behind the restaurants in the area.

Speaking of cougars, I guess mine are starting to range into their 60s. (probably should have put that in the "random thoughts" thread).
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Old 12-04-15, 11:19 AM   #34
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I don't think anyone in this thread has doubted the presence of mountain lions in GA. I hope no one is understanding me to be saying that.

However, there has never been a verifiable sighting of a black mountain lion ever, anywhere in the world, nor has anyone ever been able to breed a black mountain lion in captivity. There is no indication that a black mountain lion is a genetic possibility.
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Old 12-04-15, 12:28 PM   #35
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I don't have any ill feelings toward anyone here, I understand scientific data, and especially the fact that no hard evidence of a large cat in Ga has been found.
Remember, what I saw, I saw 45 or so years ago, I would have been a young teen. But I remember it as if it was yesterday. It was not a tan cat in the shadows, it was black. We shined a light directly on it. We had been coon hunting, and the dogs ran this cat instead of a coon. We were in a heavy thicket, and the cat slipped out 20 -30 yards away. It stopped momentarily, then darted back into the thicket. The whole incident maybe lasted 3 seconds, but as I said, I know what I saw.
Old folks called them "painters," and I remember folks talking about there being painters in the deep swamps.
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Old 12-04-15, 04:00 PM   #36
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Amazing how a man can be convicted for killing an animal in GA that doesn't exist in GA. Don't trust the "facts" just because DNR says they are not here . Neither are Florida panthers !

http://www.fws.gov/southeast/news/2011/11-057.html
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Old 12-04-15, 04:10 PM   #37
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Speaking of cougars, I guess mine are starting to range into their 60s. (probably should have put that in the "random thoughts" thread).
I see what you did there.
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Old 12-04-15, 04:43 PM   #38
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I don't think anyone in this thread has doubted the presence of mountain lions in GA.
Oh I do. Except for the one from Florida that was killed in GA (and discussed at great length here) I've never heard a GA mountain lion story I did not doubt. I do hope they are in GA, I would be happy to see them get back to the southern Appalachians. The whole idea of "belief" in the issue, especially by people who have never had a personal sighting is odd. Either a population of wild mountain lions exists in GA or it doesn't. I don't think the evidence is compelling, but I certainly could be wrong. There is good evidence that Mt. lions have been range expanding in some places. And we know that one can get from the Everglades to central GA. Also, there are a lot of captive big cats held all around the country, and black ones are popular.

If I "believe" anything about the issue it is that if all the sightings earnestly and truthfully reported in GA were true, then there would be no doubt about the presence of them. We'd be seeing them on trail cams and running over them on the road and such. It is not worth getting bent up over. I honestly don't know, but think the evidence better supports not having a persistent population in GA.

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Old 12-05-15, 12:46 AM   #39
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...Hey, no hard feelings here...I ain't a hater...I'm just sayin' I am certain of what I saw...as are my wife and grown kids...

Blessings!

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Old 12-05-15, 03:48 AM   #40
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In the early 90's deer hunting some Flint River "bottom" lands around Roberta Ga. I Drove my truck in the early morning dark and got out to walk a field along the side of some woods to get to my tree stand. About 1/2 way something in the woods next to me SCREAMED a LONG LOUD warning. The hair on the back of my next stood up and suddenly I felt like I was the hunted. I locked and loaded and walked backwards to my truck. Scared the heck out of me. Later I told the farmer / land owner and he said "oh, you ran across the big cat...be glad you did not do that in the spring when she has young with her". I've seen her around here for a couple of years now". I did not see the cat and I hope I never ever do...but, I will NEVER forget that scream.
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