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    Here's one I almost forgot about. Several years ago, I belonged to a group called the "American Longrifle Association" and we were having our eastern gathering at Martin's Station near Ewing, VA (SW Virginia). We were helping build the log fort there. On Saturday evening just at dusk, our cur dogs made a huge ruckus. There was supposed to be an Indian reenactment group pull a surprise attack on us sometime during the weekend to mimic the real conditions that the frontiersmen actually had to deal with. Well, we thought that the dogs had heard or smelled these guys trying to sneak up on us. We deployed our guys out into the dark with blank loads and waited to see what happened. After an hour of waiting everyone went back to the fire and then to bed. My son and I just rolled out our bedrolls next to the mule pen and went to sleep. Another commotion in the night, but we ignored it because we were just too tired from working all day to care. My son and I had to leave the next morning and as we were loading the truck, the head Ranger came by and asked us "if we saw the panther last night?" They saw it headed towards the fort about dark! It had been hanging around the area for awhile and had stolen a 60lb. shoat out of the pig pen the week before. I told my son that it was a good thing we didn't smell like pork last night! I don't know if they ever caught or killed it.

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    Weird feeling seeing those that "don't exist" huh? My uncle has seen a "black panther" on our place multiple times over the past couple of years, though fish & wildlife says they don't exist in Alabama. A buddy of mine has caught a glimpse of a black bear up here, as well as a good number of tracks, though they supposedly don't exist in North Alabama either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joboo View Post
    They the Pa. Game Commision say the same thing here. Why do game commisions deny the Mountain Lion sightings? I saw a Mountain Lion in a meadow sunning itself. I told the Boss at work and he told me there were other sighting as well. So East of the Mississippi, they are!
    Yeah, same here in Georgia. The official stance by the Department of Natural Resources is that "there are no mountain lions in Georgia." So when a couple of years ago a deer hunter in a tree stand shot and killed a lion and produced the body, the DNR simply said that it was "probably" someone's exotic pet that had escaped.......because "there are no mountain lions in Georgia."

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    Believe what you want but I will be the party pooper here.

    I will go on record as a non believer in terms of wild populations in states where they "do not exist".

    People keep strange things as pets and they get loose/turned loose.

    People move animals around just to do it.

    Happens more than you would think.

    Lots of sightings, very few photos..sorry but in todays world of camera phones etc...I need to see more to believe it. And to be honest, even with a photo, My first thought is a released/escaped animal.

    These animals can move long distances so I can perhaps see one showing up where it is not supposed to be....but there are not enough to support a breeding population.....same goes for bigfoot/skunk apes..whatever.

    Some folks really like the idea of it, some have no idea what they are looking at, some like to start rumors, some are serious drunks, and some are just plain nuts. Otters, bobcats, black bears, big house cats....shape shifters.....moonshine and dim lighting
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    Many people can not correctly ID the animals that are common in their area, much less a mountain lion.

    Seems like a lot of "black panthers" out there. Melanistic mountain lion sightings just make the unbelievable more unbelievable in my view.

    I have heard all the stories about various game departments secretly bringing in coyotes, dropping rattlesnakes out of air planes, you name it. They are just stories with no proof.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GKiT View Post
    Believe what you want but I will be the party pooper here.

    I will go on record as a non believer in terms of wild populations in states where they "do not exist".

    People keep strange things as pets and they get loose/turned loose.

    People move animals around just to do it.

    Happens more than you would think.

    Lots of sightings, very few photos..sorry but in todays world of camera phones etc...I need to see more to believe it. And to be honest, even with a photo, My first thought is a released/escaped animal.

    These animals can move long distances so I can perhaps see one showing up where it is not supposed to be....but there are not enough to support a breeding population.....same goes for bigfoot/skunk apes..whatever.

    Some folks really like the idea of it, some have no idea what they are looking at, some like to start rumors, some are serious drunks, and some are just plain nuts. Otters, bobcats, black bears, big house cats....shape shifters.....moonshine and dim lighting
    has wonderful results.

    Many people can not correctly ID the animals that are common in their area, much less a mountain lion.

    Seems like a lot of "black panthers" out there. Melanistic mountain lion sightings just make the unbelievable more unbelievable in my view.

    I have heard all the stories about various game departments secretly bringing in coyotes, dropping rattlesnakes out of air planes, you name it. They are just stories with no proof.
    well what ever your smoking just keep smoking it and live in your dream world. i know what i seen was a black cougar. am a hunting guide its my job to know my animals. when animal population get to big in one area the dominant ones push the weaker ones out, so if all the good places are taken whats left?they move into area that are not dominated by other dominate ones.thats how populations expand. dont mean to harp on you, but really, are you really that naive? we live in a world of survival of the fittest, will you stay and die or will you move to another area?

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    Saw huge one while deer hunting on family land in Cherokee NC..Commonly seen and revered by my people, the Cherokee. Black ones too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly75 View Post
    well what ever your smoking just keep smoking it and live in your dream world. i know what i seen was a black cougar. am a hunting guide its my job to know my animals. when animal population get to big in one area the dominant ones push the weaker ones out, so if all the good places are taken whats left?they move into area that are not dominated by other dominate ones.thats how populations expand. dont mean to harp on you, but really, are you really that naive? we live in a world of survival of the fittest, will you stay and die or will you move to another area?
    I notice that you list your location as "near Prince George, B.C." As a former resident of Cochrane, AB I have spent a lot of time in your area. I can attest that the forests there are capable of harboring all sorts of wildlife and have no doubts at all that if you say you saw a black cougar, you saw a black cougar.

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    okay bud. gkit i live in western canada i think we have one or two mountain lions here

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    Agreed. Lets meet in the middle and call it a wet, very dark brown one, in the shade on a cloudy day,

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly75 View Post
    really? so your saying we are still monkeys and apes, but only dressed in clothes.where do you think humans came from. its call evolution.
    Don't we have a thread with an albino cat fish? Just tossing it out there. I believe bro! I believe.
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