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Community bucks DNR’s claim that mountain lions aren’t here

Tennessee confirms sightings, says population migrating from midwest


An article that ran last week about a large cat photographed at the Pickens County Airport, first thought to be a mountain lion but identified by the Georgia DNR as a bobcat, drew a big response from readers who counter the state agency’s official stance that mountain lions do not exist in Georgia.  

According to the Georgia DNR, “To date, no credible physical evidence (carcasses, trail camera pictures, photographs, film footage, etc.) has been found to substantiate the existence of a population of mountain lions in Georgia.” The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes the eastern cougar is extinct in the wild, and the DNR reports only three credible mountain lion sightings in the last 25 years, all related to the Florida panther. 

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