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Old 06-16-2018, 09:24 AM
 
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While driving home yesterday in rural Tennessee, a large cat crossed the road. At first I thought coyote, but quickly realized it was definitely a cat. Then I thought perhaps bobcat since I've seen several of those around here. Until it turned sideways and I saw the long tail.


The only thing that fits what I saw would be a yearling cougar, yet we're not supposed to have them in this part of Tennessee. Either that or the dag gum biggest cat that anyone ever saw. I know they've been confirmed in parts of the state, but didn't think they were around here.
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Old 06-16-2018, 04:45 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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Did it have any markings or spots? If so, there's a chance some careless owner's hybrid savannah or Bengal cat got loose. Cougars are incredibly secretive and survive in many places no one expects. A juvenile cougar would show some spotting too.
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Old 06-16-2018, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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While driving home yesterday in rural Tennessee, a large cat crossed the road. At first I thought coyote, but quickly realized it was definitely a cat. Then I thought perhaps bobcat since I've seen several of those around here. Until it turned sideways and I saw the long tail.


The only thing that fits what I saw would be a yearling cougar, yet we're not supposed to have them in this part of Tennessee. Either that or the dag gum biggest cat that anyone ever saw. I know they've been confirmed in parts of the state, but didn't think they were around here.

What color was it? I saw a black panther just outside Midland Michigan about 20 years ago. It was no further away from me than just a few hundred feet, so I guarantee you I'm not mistaken. There's no way a black panther should exist around here either, yet I saw one... I only wish I had a camera with me back then.


Google "Phantom Cat" or "Ghost Cat" and read.
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Old 06-16-2018, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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My wife and I spotted a large tan mountain lion in PA many years ago. I reported it on page three of this CD thread: Cougars, bears, lynx...oh my!. I also reported it to our Game Commission that thought I was drinking! I guess it was easier than coming out to verify our sighting!
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Old 06-20-2018, 04:09 PM
 
Location: The Driftless Area, WI
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Rogue males definitely get around, having run out of territory out west.


We have sightings every year or two here in WI, and a few yrs ago one made it into the middle of Chicago:
https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q...1&&FORM=VRDGAR
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Old 06-24-2018, 07:56 AM
 
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Cougars are out there even if they are not confirmed by local authorities. Every once in a while, one gets hit by a car and that's all you need to know that they exist but are rarely seen in some states.
Black panthers are a whole other matter. A black panther has to be either a black jaguar or leopard escaped from someones private home.
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Old 06-24-2018, 09:20 AM
 
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I did make a report to the state and got a "Thank you for your time" response.
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Old 06-24-2018, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MISSOURI
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Indeed, there have been confirmed sightings in TN:
https://www.tn.gov/twra/wildlife/mam...e/cougars.html
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Old 06-24-2018, 04:26 PM
 
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Indeed, there have been confirmed sightings in TN:
https://www.tn.gov/twra/wildlife/mam...e/cougars.html
It only makes sense that they are expanding their territory. There's plenty of deer to eat and many of these states have large forested areas where they can remain undetected for a long time since they generally go out of their way not to mix with people.
Unless someone goes out with hound dogs and tracks them down, people in general are not going to see them.

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Old 06-25-2018, 08:02 AM
 
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Indeed, there have been confirmed sightings in TN:
https://www.tn.gov/twra/wildlife/mam...e/cougars.html
Also I forgot to add that the article you posted is wrong in stating cougars are the largest cats in North America. The Jaguar is a good bit larger than a cougar and is also native and still exists in parts of North America.
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