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Just to ask, I have heard stories of panthers or cougars in Georgia but I have not seen one before. I live in Bartow county around Alatoona Lake and have been hearing a big cat out around the property. If any one has some insight I would love to get some info.
There have been confirmed sightings of Florida Panthers in my neck of the sticks in different areas and frequency. But more then likely you are hearing a Bobcat/Wildcat as their numbers have grown and are more wide spread.
Could be a bobcat too. The noise they make will stand your hair on end.
Florida panthers sound like women screaming out in the woods- a little freaky if you hear it. We had a panther come into the path department at UGA a few years back that was shot somewhere near Lagrange.
What's the farthest north a Fla Panther has been sighted?
One was hit on I-95 about four or five years ago around Brunswick. And another has a home range around Waycross. But its probably a Kentucky wildcat wanting to move to the acc.
A report of one in and around Bibb County but has never been verified by DNR nor photo.
The bear have made quite a comeback and continue to increase their range, as have the coyote, so it would only stand to reason that cougar/panther would be equally as successful. I caught a glimpse of what I thought was the hind quarter of a big cat. It was along the Savannah river about forty miles below Augusta.
I have heard reports about bear sightings as well.
What about black panthers? I have heard a lot of stories especially around the Rome Georgia area.
Cougars have been spotted in Montgomery. With no natural predators, we are going to see more of them.
I was huntin in Sylvania, GA last year and heard about a black panther seen in some surrounding woods. Now I'm not one to go shootin what I'm not supposed to, but I was told to plug it if I saw it. Also saw a bobcat out there.
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Once upon a time while walking a trail to my deer stand I came upon a bobcat. It made a sound I would not like to hear at 5:30 in the morning in the woods ever again. I'd just as soon walk up on a Sasquatch.
They aren't called the Crisp County Cougars & the Americus-Sumter Panthers for no reason! I'm from the Albany area, and there are definitely cougars/panthers/mountain lions/call them what ya want in those parts of Southwest GA. Not sure about farther north in GA, though.
I believe the name was changed to the Crisp County Cougars in 1971 when the schools were integrated. Previously they were the Crisp County Rebels.
Crisp Academy's mascot is the Wildcats. And Dooley Co. is the Bobcats.
Cougar from Class of '77.
This post was edited by 1eyedJack 2 years ago
My understanding from a DNR agent is in GA and SC we do have some large cats, panthers or cougars whatever you call them, but the"black panther" is a myth in Georgia. Had a big cat in SC growl/scream at me for 45 minutes within 100 yds when going out to turkey hunt early AM 2 years ago along Savannah river basin
I was hunting in Lincoln county a few years back and had a large cat walk up on me about 100 yards away. It was black with a long tail. It was walking towards me and I was going to shoot it if it came closer, but it turned back up into the woods. I have also heard other stories of black panther/cougar sightings in the Augusta / Lincoln county areas
The animal you speak of probably has more different names than any other animal.
As far as I know they are all the same thing.
This post was edited by AK Dawg 2 years ago
There was a good article in GON a few months back on this. They asked readers to submit photos taken with trail cameras. One photo that stood out was in the Cordele area. The one that was killed, like a previous poster said was up in Lagrange area. From what I've heard and read, the speculation is that they have migrated north from Florida following rivers such as the Flint. The last few years wildfires in the Okefenokee area have reportedly pushed them farther north
Yet DNR claims they don't exist
Life's tough, but it is tougher if you're stupid.
DNR would actually have to get out of their air conditioned truck to find anything. Therefore they aren't going to do it. Every hunter I know has a big cat story and I know not all of them are lying. These cats cover a huge amount of territory and will travel to places that most people can't/won't accept as being feasible. I ran across a set of fresh cougar tracks while turkey hunting on a ranch just outside of Abilene Texas. I told the rancher what I had found and he flat out told me I was crazy and that there were no cats in that area. This was back before camera phones existed so I had nothing to show him regarding what I had found but I know for a fact what it was. Nothing else in that area has a round track about the size of my palm. Some people just can't accept what they've been told can't happen.
The DNR reports on that cat said it was a Pen raised cat be cause it's paws looked to be scuffed up from walking on concrete it's whole life.
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