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Old 12-06-15, 02:19 PM   #41
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Old 12-07-15, 06:43 AM   #42
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So is the argument here about mountain lions, catamounts, or cougars?

As far as the black cat thing goes I don't think that anyone has ever proved them to be in GA.

However, mountain lions/catamounts/cougars do exist in the southeast.

For the biologists in the group, do I have that right?

A lot of these arguments always get worse when people confuse mountain lions with panthers with pumas... and so on
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Old 12-07-15, 08:21 AM   #43
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Pretty sure I have a picture will dig out tonight. Dig being the operative word.
Georgia Outdoor news had a reward out for proof positive info for a couple of years.
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Old 12-07-15, 10:15 AM   #44
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So is the argument here about mountain lions, catamounts, or cougars?

As far as the black cat thing goes I don't think that anyone has ever proved them to be in GA.

However, mountain lions/catamounts/cougars do exist in the southeast.

For the biologists in the group, do I have that right?

A lot of these arguments always get worse when people confuse mountain lions with panthers with pumas... and so on
Mountain lion, panther, puma, cougar, and catamount are all common names of the same animal. I grew up in SC calling them panthers, but when I went to work for the CO Division of Wildlife, everyone just called them lions. It just depends on where you're from.

There have been documented cases of black bobcats, but there has never been a documented black panther, neither in the wild nor in captivity. I don't know if anyone has documented a black bobcat in GA, but there seems to be a higher concentration of the black coloration in some populations in FL, so it wouldn't surprise me if GA had some as well.

Very few people are willing to argue that there are no mountain lions in GA, though I guess flyg did earlier in this thread. Mountain lions range hundreds of miles, so it is not crazy to expect them to wander into GA on occasion. Mountain lions have been slowly creeping in from the west, as well, with confirmed sightings in LA, AR, and, now, TN. Heck, there was a mountain lion killed in Chicago a few years ago that, after DNA testing, was proven to have originated in the Black Hills of SD. So, the idea that a mountain lion could be sighted just about anywhere in the southeast is plausible. That being said, the idea that there is a resident population or even a high number of wandering individuals doesn't seem plausible. In regards to the rest of the southeast, the last time I talked to biologists in MS, AL, SC, and NC (which admittedly has been a few years now), they all still claimed that no hard evidence of even a single mountain lion in their respective states had been produced in fifty years or more.
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Old 12-08-15, 01:48 AM   #45
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Pretty sure I have a picture will dig out tonight. Dig being the operative word.
Georgia Outdoor news had a reward out for proof positive info for a couple of years.
And a bunch of bobcats and domestic cats were submitted as proof.
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Old 12-14-15, 06:45 AM   #46
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Old 12-14-15, 01:36 PM   #47
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Ain't no doubt about that 'un, but if I saw a scrape like that I'd be investigating also! TRW
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Old 12-15-15, 12:53 AM   #48
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I love how he says they "Would be the top predator in the woods, outside of man."

That's a woefully ignorant statement to me.
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My brother and I saw the back half of a puma disappear into the brush while walking a trail on the side of a mountain near Waynesville, NC. We both saw it, in daylight, from about 75 feet. We ran up to the spot and looked uphill where it was headed and didn't see anything else. We told my Mom and Stepdad, and they told the locals, who said they haven't heard of a sighting in decades. We are both sure of what we saw, and both knew it immediately. This was about 10 years ago.

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Old 12-15-15, 02:38 AM   #50
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About 8 years ago, Marty & I were in the river. Dottie was there too. I looked up and saw a HUGE cat (see above sketch) cross the river way down below us. He/she made 3 or 4 leaps from rock to rock and was gone. I turned around to say something, and the look on Marty's face told me he'd seen it too.

There was no doubt about what we'd seen and it can't be unseen.

We're really glad we saw it together. We didn't think anyone would believe us, but when Marty shared the story at the real estate office, many of the locals nodded their heads. Seeing was a gift, but it sure would be nice to catch one on camera. Maybe we need to get our game camera back up.

... now a wolf-dog? We have proof of that.
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