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Tennessee Mountain Lion Fact or Fiction

At one time I do believe Mountain Lion were reconigzed in Tenn.  Are they here anymore?

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I'd have to say that the chances of a mountain lion actually prowling around Tennessee would be extremely slim today. They have been verified as close as Georgia to the south, where one was shot last year, I believe (speculated to have roamed north from Florida) and Missouri to the NW (just recently verified). That's still a pretty good ways away from Tennessee. Now, something most would neither know or suspect about Tennessee is the fact that Tennessee is actually tied for most deaths caused by bear attacks for any state in the continental U.S. since 2000.  Montana had two deaths attributed to Grizzly attacks just this year, 2010, and Tennessee has had two deaths by black bear attacks since the year 2000. No other state in the lower 48 has two deaths since the year 2000. Tennessee still has a good bit of wild land, but land that holds mountain lions, I'd have to say, nope! 

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Well, they are encroaching

Well, they are encroaching from the West.  Nebraska and Kansas have them, and Iowa has and some show up recently too.  It's not too far out there to think that they are in Tennessee, or at least close. If they are not there now, I don't think it will be long before they are.  There are alot of woods out there in those mountains for them to roam around.

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I need to read and research more. I did not know about the bear attacks in Tenn or the mirgration of the Mountain Lions.  I have always heard all front porch stories about panthers and big cats roaming the woods around Chattanooga and NW Georgia where I grew up.  Have I ever seen anything or knew of anyone who actually seen one, no.  I know there are alot of untamed wilderness even in Tenn.  Who really knows for sure.  But I think what most people hear and think they see are bob cats.  My thats only my 2 cents, which is a long way from right.  Even since I have been over here my wife claims to have heard a crazy sounding animal cry in our back woods.  My guess bob cat or big foot. We will see soon though.

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I need to read and research more. I did not know about the bear attacks in Tenn or the mirgration of the Mountain Lions.  I have always heard all front porch stories about panthers and big cats roaming the woods around Chattanooga and NW Georgia where I grew up.  Have I ever seen anything or knew of anyone who actually seen one, no.  I know there are alot of untamed wilderness even in Tenn.  Who really knows for sure.  But I think what most people hear and think they see are bob cats.  My thats only my 2 cents, which is a long way from right.  Even since I have been over here my wife claims to have heard a crazy sounding animal cry in our back woods.  My guess bob cat or big foot. We will see soon though.

 Here's some very good info on bear attacks:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fatal_bear_attacks_in_North_America#Brown_bear

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If you do a google search on

If you do a google search on lions in TN, you find tons of sightings.  I would think alot of those are something else, but not all.

Here's something hilarious. This is from a forum where the first guy posts about seeing a lion in TN, and wanting to shoot one.  Then, the next poster politely lets him know that he's on a page where they work for the protection of mountain lion.  Guess the guy posted in the wrong forum.... lol

http://www.mountainlion.org/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=24

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My opinion, after living here since 1992 is there is no doubt, there are NO mountain lions in this state. Zilch, nada, NUN, none! Our most wild areas of Tn are in the eastern parts, in the Smokie Mtns Park natl area(s). There are lots of miles and mountains involved before they get here. Sorry, but I'd believe there was a bigfoot among us before I'd believe this other BS. Speculate all you want, matters not to me.

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I don't know if they are

I don't know if they are recognized in Tn or not.

I do know of sightings in SC, Central and Eastern NC. I have a couple of friends who trap in the central part of the state. They have left trapped beavers on the waters edge while they go about trapping. When they returned to retrieve the beaver, it was gone. No drag marks, Only cat tracks. And I don't mean bobcat tracks. These were as big as you hand. The cat picked the 40 lb beaver and toted it away without dragging. Had to have been a big cat.

Like I said, I don't know of any sightings in Tn, but they will end up there before it's over with. Just think, if the DNR were to verify the existance of mountain lions, then they would have to spend extra resources and revenue to protect them until maybe there was a huntable population of lions. If they don't recognize the lions as being in the state then they don't have to protect them. They'll wait until they can't denie their existance anymore.

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mt lions in middle tn

The fact is that biology is a science. Science is only the best explanation we, as humans, have to describe the world around us. Science basically denies the existence of mt. lions east of the Mississippi River, with a few exceptions. Scientist and biologist, however, cannot study every inch of the world.

Mt. Lions do reside in middle Tennessee. I assume because of the increase in deer populations and the reintroduction of wild turkeys. Although I have only seen one, I have been seeing tracks for years. I have seen a light-brown, 65 lb animal with a long tail that was capable of leaping 8 to 10 verticle feet. I have been told of other sightings in the eastern portion of the central basin region. Most locals look at you like you are describing a UFO, others know. I know my land and the animals in it. There are no reason they are not here. Game wardens will even deny it, until you threaten to throw one in their front yard. They are smart, quick, and stealth, so human contact is rare. I have seen maimed pets and livestock whose injuries could only been cause by large felines.

 

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Welcome to BGH caney,
I agree with you about denial. We once had a Panther treed in a Live oak in the middle of our pasture and when we called the FWC they told us there were no Panthers this far north in the Panhandle, probably just a Bobcat. Well this Cat was easily 5 ft long with a 5 ft tail, dark tan in color and made a gawd awlul growl. It sent 40 horses thundering towards the barn which is when we loaded up and followed the dogs to the Live Oak tree. Seen it again about 4 months later while a friend of mine and I were walking the fence line down to the creek for some squirrel hunting, we didn't stick around to see if it was indeed just a huge, long tailed Bobcat.

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Mountain Lion in Viola/Grundy County area

A few months back in the valley next to the grundy county mountains, we discovered a huge cat print and took a picture with our hand by it. A few weeks later, my aunt, who live next to these mountains had seen it on three different occasions. It may have been passing through or maybe there are more deep in those woods. Its on a side that people cant get too without permission, so the grounds are left alone more than bothered. Its not been seen in ahwile, so to say its still their, well, Im not sure. Why my Aunt didnt take the photo is beyond me, but we did get its print!

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