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Mountain Lion Pics from Western North Carolina
« on: April 20, 2007, 10:16:28 PM »
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*See update below--this is a hoax!

The following photos were supposedly taken days ago by residents of Fines Creek, North Carolina; near Maggie Valley and about 30-45 minutes from Asheville. This mountain lion made its way onto the deck of some renters. No one knows if it's truly wild or escaped from a zoo. Nonetheless, a wild beast of this size is a rare site in this area.












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« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2007, 11:56:10 PM »
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Absolutely wonderful pictures.  I have a page on my website for cougar and black panther sightings.  This is great proof that big cats still exist in WNC!
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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2007, 05:21:06 PM »
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These are very very cool!
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« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2007, 05:29:42 PM »
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What a beautiful animal !  Maybe they will make their way up to the Virginia Blue Ridge someday.  They would have plenty of food - we are overrun with deer everywhere.
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« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2007, 01:54:39 AM »
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Last night my colleague, cryptozoologist Loren Coleman, was on Coast to Coast AM. I was surprised to see these photos had just been posted on his site, supposedly taken in Michigan. I immediately sent an inquiry to the listener who sent the pics to my station, claiming they were from North Carolina. In the middle of his interview, Coleman verbally retracted the photos on-air saying he'd just learned these pics are making the rounds as part of an internet hoax. He says they were actually taken in Wyoming.

Ahhhh . . . I just found the Snopes page:

http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/patiomountainlion.asp
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« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2007, 02:47:20 PM »
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What a disappointment!  Well, if it's too good to be true than it usually isn't.  It's still a beautiful creature.
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« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2007, 12:00:52 PM »
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I am very late to this discussion, sorry.  But I'm sitting here at 2:00 pm listening to Bucky Pizzarelli Guitar solos, so what do you expect?  LOL!

Take heart, it is possible.  I live in Mid-Missouri.  If you ask our wonderful wildlife folks they will tell you there are no big cats in Missouri, however, a good friend of mine had a night picture taken on his very rural property, by an automatic camera.  Guess What!  Big Cat!

They may yet make the Eastern migration to North Carolina and points a little North and South. 
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« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2007, 06:02:52 AM »
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We hike alot in remote sections of NC mountains and the only big animals we have seen in several years were bears. And we didn't stick around very long after that. Cougars in NC are rare, but the forest service will tell you they still exist but there very few of them and they hide. I remember years ago camping near Shining Rock and being awakened in the middle of the night by a forest ranger so he could warn us of a wounded mountain lion in the area. The cat in these pictures is gorgeous but we haven't seen anything like this in the wild for decades. Sad, although I wouldn't want to run into one on the trail.
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« Reply #8 on: April 9, 2008, 07:46:30 PM »
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Not sure about NC, but I wouldn't doubt it one bit. They are alive & well in the mtns. of west Arkansas. I've saw 1 black one & 1 regular one while driving. (Different times). Both were much larger than this one.

But the biggest evidence I have is that I caught one about this size in a steel trap about 15 years ago. As luck would have it, it had demolished the trap & escaped by the time that I went home, called the Game & Fish Commission, & told them to politely come take their animal out of my trap.

2 officers showed up about an hour later, along with a couple deputies & a biologist from the local university. They tried to discredit me, but that was kinda ironic in that they also collected several hairs...obviously from a large feline & NOT a bobcat....and a couple spoonfuls of cat-scat. I was also nice enough to even give them the remains of my trap....deep gouges on the steel & all.

A couple days later, all my evidence was presented to the state trappers assoc., which worked it through govt. channels. (Unfortunately, I never carried on camera while running the line...only a gun. But killing a big cat is a no-no, even if he's gnawing on your leg.) I DID take pictures of the trap before letting them walk away with it, & also kept some hair & scat myself.

Of course we never heard a thing from official channels. You see, if they ADMIT that they have cats.....then they have to spend big money protecting them, since they are considered endangered here. They'd rather just play dumb.

Funny though, the law against killing them is still printed in the hunting pamphlets every year....even though they don't exist. And a last little side-note....the very next day, SOMETHING drove a local ranchers cattle through a well made barb-wire fence. He told me about it because he had already heard that I had caught a cat.

Guess I pissed it off a bit.
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