It wouldn’t surprise me to see a Bengal tiger or an African lion in these woods. There is no telling what one of these hillbillies have for a pet.I have to agree with CB here. The North American Mountain Lion does not come in the color black. That does not mean that some from. South American were not brought in as pets and later released.
True North American Mountain Lions were turned loose in the Smokey Mountain National Park a few years ago. Excuse was to control the deer population. Within a couple months they were documented outside the park killing goats instead. These lions wore collars so it was well known where they were.
That TWRA link is out of date. There have been many more sightings since then. Mountain Lions were reintroduced to the Great Smokey Mountains back into the 90's.The cougar, Puma concolor, also known as mountain lion, panther, painter, puma and catamount, is the largest feline animal in North America. Until very recently there haven't been been any cougars in Tennessee.www.tn.gov
No black color phase (termed melanistic) of a cougar has ever been documented. There is, however, documentation of melanistic jaguars (Panthera onca) that live in Mexico and south to northern Argentina, as well as melanistic leopards (Panthera pardus) in Africa.
They were searching for a Tiger in Knoxville just last September. But none were missing from any zoo or santuary.It wouldn’t surprise me to see a Bengal tiger or an African lion in these woods.
Actually it’s not out of date, pick a state and a wildlife department.That TWRA link is out of date. There have been many more sightings since then. Mountain Lions were reintroduced to the Great Smokey Mountains back into the 90's.
I have heard lots of people swear they have seen "Black Panthers" in the Smokies. That is why I tagged Kenny. He is in the business and he should know. I have lots of people tell me they got a picture but I have yet to see one. To me, the "North American Black Panther" is something folks want to believe but it is just a thing of legend.
I did not mean to imply that there had ever been a black panther confirmed sighting. But there have been numerous Cougar (Mountain Lion) sightings in Tennessee since 2016.Actually it’s not out of date, pick a state and a wildlife department.
It’s simple there has never been a documented case of a black mounted lion, cougar, panthers or whatever regional name you want to call it.
Now these sightings are almost as numerous as flying saucers.
You all can believe whatever you like. But there are large black cats in this area. I put my life on it.
My neighbor's mother was loosing goats and sheep. One every three or four days. They put up a game camera. Got a picture of an average size cougar going over the fence with a full grown ewe in its mouth.Guy over this way lost some goats to q cat large enough it carried them over a woven fence. I didn't see it with my eyes. But I believe him.
Guy about 10 miles south of us lost a few calves - they just seemed to disappear. Eventually talked to the Game Warden and he said "look up". If a mountain lion/cougar doesn't bury its kill and it's small enough, it will hide it in a tree. Sure 'nuff, he found what was left of a calf in a tree. Never found the other calves, so who knows?My neighbor's mother was loosing goats and sheep. One every three or four days. They put up a game camera. Got a picture of an average size cougar going over the fence with a full grown ewe in its mouth.