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  • Mt Lion In North Carolina??

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    Has anyone seen a Mt Lion In North Carolina??
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    Confused
    I frequently here people say they have seen one. Personally I think they are confusing Bobcats for Mt. Lions. There may be a few out there but I doubt it.
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    Mt.Lions LIVE in NC
    Two years ago my grandfather, a hunter of 60 years, says he saw a Mt. Lion in a field next to HWY 64 halfway between morganton and Forest City. And later that same year about 5 miles away a hunter on my fathers hunt club says he saw one while on the stand, but did not shoot because of not knowing if it was legal. Both people are experienced hunters and know the difference between a tiny bobcat and Mt.Lion.
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    Mt Lion In North Carolina
    I would really call the one I saw a coastal cougar rather than a mountain lion, but most folks say they don't exist here either. While hunting between Fairfield and Engelhard in Hyde County in November 1986, I had one cross within 15-20 feet of me. There was no mistaking that long tailed, 100 pound plus, black cat. It surely wasn't a bobcat.
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    only in Ashboro
    I've only seen one in the Ashboro Zoo
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    What I seen in Davie Co
    My Mom and I seen a big black cat around in 1986 one morning running a fence line on our farm. With the fence
    post being there it help us judge the size of the cat. It was about 3ft from head to butt and over 2 ft tall.
    About 20 years later I meet a man that has bear and coon hunted for years and lives any about 7 miles from me. Over the time I know him he told me stories about his bear hunting in the western and eastern parts of the state and coon hunting around here. One day he told me about a big black cat he seen on his farm. That same day another farmer seen it and called my friend. They could not believe they both seen the same thing, a big black cat working its way down a creek that went though there farms.
    My friend call up some houndsmen ( both coon and bear hunters ) They put a pack of hounds together and went down the creek. They hunted the rest of that day and most of the night with no luck.
    I couldn't believe the story he just told me. I said that really happened. He said he didn't care if I believe him are not it happen. I asked how long ago was it. He said around 1985 or 1986.
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    BIG CAT
    I LIVE IN RANDOLPH CO. ABOUT FOUR YEARS AGO I SAW WHAT I BELEAVE TO BE A BLACK PANTHER WHILE DEER HUNTING.I ONLY SAW IT FOR A SECOND BUT IT WAS NOT A BOBCAT ,I HAVE KILLED ENOUGH OF THEM TO KNOW. THE CAT HAD A THREE FOOT TAIL,TWO FOOT HIGH AND WEIGHED 50-75 POUNDS.I HAVE NEVER SEEN IT AGAIN.IF I DO I WILL SHOW YOU A PHOTO.
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    mt lion
    I live in Lincoln county and there are several sightings each year of these big cats,I personally saw one when I was growing up while hunting on a rural farm.It was black and approx 4ft long and its tail looked almost as long as it was,it was sneaking down a hedge row between 2 fields.I didnt shoot it because honestly it shook me up just seeing something like that
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    ??
    i too live in lincoln county and have heard of sightings but haven't seen anything.... yet...
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    ??
    i too live in lincoln county and have heard of sightings but haven't seen anything.... yet...
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    yes
    Well a guy that i work with has a friend that has land leased in stokes county nc, and has a picture of a mt. lion on camera atacking a doe. I personally haven't seen the picture but i don't think that my friend would lie about a thing like this.
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    black panther
    Some of my family on land in Hyde county. Last year while hunting I saw a wolf, that evening I was telling all of the family, and the local friends that live their what I saw. Three of the locals said they have each saw black panthers on their 60 acre hunting tracks.
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    Melanism
    'Melanism' is an increased amount of black or nearly black pigmentation (as of skin, feathers, or hair) of an organism, resulting from the presence of melanin.

    While there are reports of black jaguars from S.America, there has never been a documented black cougar anywhere.

    Rumors and 'eye witness' reports have been rampant for generations.........yet nobody has ever seen one while they have a camera or a gun!!

    About 30 years ago, some rumors got started of cougars killing people here in WNC.......they were always called 'black panthers' as if black animals are more eerie or deadly than tan or gray animals.

    Nobody ever saw the 'killings' so how did they know it was black???

    Nobody was reported as missing.

    Apparently a black panther eats the entire body including bones, leather boots, wallets, and all the clothing........hmmmmm!

    Now, I would love to believe that we have cougars in the Eastern US. If there are some here, there is always the possibility that a cougar could have dark gray fur and look black in poor light just like a deer can look darker at times.

    I would never question what someone else says they've seen........I wasn't there. I just wonder if it's not a case of local legend or myth........or mis-identification.
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    panther pics
    I am from Haywood Co. in western NC. A couple of weeks ago a fella got some pictures of a panther in the Fines Creek area, which lies directly between two large tracts of USFS property and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In addition to that, I have heard many people in the area recently saying they have spotted these creatures or seen tracks. The game warden's won't even aknowledge that this is going on and it seems that the situation is real. WATCH OUT!!!
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    cougar in Cataloochee
    Bugg; I remember several years ago when 6 National Park Service employees saw a cougar in a field in Cataloochee Valley.

    They reported it and it was poo-pooed by NPS even though it was their very own people who saw it.

    Biologists said 'if' they really saw a mt lion, it was probably one which was turned loose or escaped from captivity.

    That's how they always explain a 'sighting'....
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    idiots
    I JUST WANT TO LET THE PEOPLE ON HERE THAT DONT BELIEVE THAT THESE HUNTERS ARE REALLY SEEING MT LIONS THAT YALL ARE A BUNCH OF IDIOTS...THERE IS A NOTICEABLY DIFFERENCE IN A BOBCAT AND A MT LION(LOOK AT THE TAIL!!!!!!)AND NOT TO SAY A MT LION IS SIGNIFICANTLY LARGER IN HEIGHT AND LENGTH. SO TO ALL YOU HUNTERS THAT HAVE SEEN MT LIONS I BELIEVE YOU...MY COUSIN SEEN A BLACK PANTHER IN CABARRUS CO. AND MY FRIEND SEEN A MT LION ON A FARM IN STANLY CO....AND DONT EVEN BOTHER ASKING GAME WARDENS THEY PLAY DUMB AND ACT LIKE THEY DONT KNOW NOTHING BUT THEY ARE THE ONES THAT TURNED THEM LOOSE TO HELP CONTROL THE DEER POPULATION!!!
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    Re: Mt Lion In North Carolina??
    YES, I saw a male lion in my backyard in 2015. It really was such a strange site that I immediately knew that it must have got loose from the circus. I live on Swift Creek in Smithfield, N.C. It was a harrowing experience!
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