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These large cats are said to
no longer exist it the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, BUT there
have been 4 or 5 sightings of what MIGHT be mountain lions (or A
mountain lion) and even a fuzzy picture of what MAY be a mountain lion
walking out of a cave.
Speculation is that it might
actually be a mountain lion that was someone's 'pet' that either was
turned loose or escaped! Make SURE your camera is handy during
your next trip to the Smokies. YOU may be the one that is able to PROVE
this majestic cat exists in God's Great Smoky Mountains National Park!
October, 2009 Alledged
Spotting Of A Mountain Lion / Cougar!
my name is ernest bowes, and i am a church of god pastor, from NC...
I was driving our church van to pigeon forge, tn., this past friday
night taking our youth for an overnight trip... i went across the great
smokey mtn. national park traveling from Cherokee, NC on 441 north at
about 9:20pm when I came upon a big big light brown yellowish Cat.... it
looked just like a cougar to me.... I've seen pictures of them before
from california, and honestly, i couldn't tell the difference...it was
raining, so that might have something to do with the color of his coat,
he was at least 4 to 5 foot in length, not counting his tail, which was
a good foot and a half it looked like, as he turned and ran away... it
had short very pointed ears, like pyramids.... and he stood about almost
2 foot in hight, i'd guess at least 150 to 175lbs. or so, i have to
confess, it tore me up... and shocked me to no end... i've heard about
people seeing bears and cubs on that route, but i've never heard of
anyone seeing this thing... i found your sight, because i googled about,
"are there cougars living in tenn. mountains and found it that
way.. and i read ur post and was shocked to learn that people say there
are not any big cats in the mtn.s, i'll tell u this, after what I saw,
If my car ever broke down on that highway, it was almost to the highest
climb on the south side of the mtn. heading up towards gatlingburg that
I saw him/her, but, However, "I WOULD NOT WALK OUT FOR HELP",
EVER..... I'D STAY RIGHT IN MY CAR UNTIL HELP CAME.... the truth is,
they are there! Period.... Catamount? Cougar? Mtn. Lion, call it what u
want, I'd say it was a cougar, and a very big one indeed!!!
Rev. Ernest E. Bowes
Church of God Pastor/ District Overseer
October, 2006 Alledged
Spotting Of A Mountain Lion / Cougar!
Ran across your website...don't know if you still update it or not, but
I have one for your section on wildlife. My family is from Tennessee,
and we visit the Smokies almost every year. In 1996, we were staying in
a cabin in the mountains above Gatlinburg. I wish I could remember it's
exact location, but it was pretty high up and we looked down onto
Gatlinburg. The tram to Ober Gatlinburg passed right over us. This
particular cabin didn't have alot of other cabins close by. One of my
family member's children and I were exploring the woods below our cabin
one day while we were there in the fall of 1996 (October). I personally
spotted what we believed to be a moutain lion/cougar some distance from
us when we heard a noise in the brush. We hightailed it back to the
cabin in a hurry. When we went to the park rangers station, I was
surprised to hear that they didn't believe there were still any cougars
in the mountains. Anyway, that's my story!
October 18th, 2002
DiscoverTheSmokies.com User's Family
Allegedly Spots Wolf AND Mountain Lion!
My family and I went hiking in the Smokies on Friday, October 18.
the Rainbow Falls trail and saw no wildlife all the way up/down except
birds and squirrels. It was starting to get dark as we left the
parking lot, and as we were driving out of the lot and had just got onto
paved portion, we saw two amazing sights that I (we) have never
seen (I am 48 years old and grew up in Knoxville near the Smokies).
First, a light gray WOLF (not a coyote) quickly jumped right into our
(about 30 yards in front of us) and he was immediately
"startled" at our
headlights, then jumped back up the embankment in about two leaps.
were sitting there just dumbfounded by seeing our first wolf ever and
affixed on the spot he had just vacated, it appeared that he again
back into the exact same spot in the road ----but this time, it was a
MOUNTAIN LION!! [If it was actually a Bobcat, then he was on
have only seen a taxidermed Bobcat on display at the park rangerís
have as a comparison. This cat was almost the same height (just a
smaller) as a tiger one would see at the zoo, but not as heavy. He
to be light gray with a lighter colored face. Actually, he looked
remember a cougar to look like.
It immediately turned and looked our way, and I flipped my headlights on
get a better look, and it gave a very angry snarl and struck out with
paw in a defensive way, then leaped clear across the road and down into
thicket (the opposite side of where the wolf went).
This encounter leaves me with several questions. (1) Are there
lions in the Smokies? (2) If so, how many sightings have there
Hereís the BIG question: Mountain Lion or Bobcat, why would we
see both a
wolf and lion jump from the same thicket? Were they in the middle
confrontation as we happened upon them?
Thank you for any information you may have.
There are current rumors of sightings of a mountain lion near my home
Anderson County, TN. Due to that, I was doing an Internet search and
happened upon your site. I wanted to take a moment to tell you I have
personally seen a cougar a number of years ago on the Gatlinburg side
the Clingman's Dome parking lot. Three of us got an up close and
personal look as the big cat bounded in front of our car causing a
miss (or near hit if you will). It was amazing to see such a large
animal in such an unexpected place. I am an avid outdoorsman and this
was unmistakeably a mountain lion, cougar, puma or whatever you
to call it but it was a BIG cat that isn't supposed to be in this
Mike (Oak Ridge, TN)
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