Cougar Sighting in the West Tennessee Area as reported by site visitors.


Reporter: Barry Matlock
City (of sighting): Natchez Trace Parkway, mile 413, TN
Time of Report: 26-Jun-10

Color of cougar: tan

Description of sighting:
I was cycling on the Natchez Trace, when suddenly a large cat emerged from the brush over to the left and came down onto the road to cross just as I was approaching. I was startled by the size of it, and immediately shifted gears and increased speed hoping to get quickly past and away. As soon as my shifter clicked it looked up, saw me, and turned and ran back the way it came. (We scared each other, I think!) I was about 30-35 yards from it when it emerged, and closer still when it turned and ran back. I've never seen a cougar in the wild before, but it certainly had the color and build of one--definitely a cat, not a dog or coyote; far too big for a domestic cat; long tail, solid color, quite sleek and lean, and very short-haired (no spots, tufted ears, mane or bobtail like a bobcat or lynx). If it was a cougar, it must have been a juvenile, guessing from the size of it--I'ed say about 4 feet long (longer if the tail were extended), standing a bit less than 2 feet tall.


Reporter: billy and kathy england
City (of sighting): centerville , TN
Time of Report: 16-May-10

Color of cougar: light brown

Description of sighting:
my wife and i were driving on 230 in hickman county we were about two miles south of i-40 going toward nunnelly tn we made a right turn on a black top road at the rock field church of christ when a large cat crossed the road infront of us. it was a cougar or mountain lion what ever you want to call it. cat was light brown and seven foot from nose to tail weighing well over 100 lbs. i have seen cougars before and this was the largest cougar i have seen. the cat was verry fat and well feed. twra can say that there are no cougars in middle tn but we know what we saw. date of sighting tuesday may 11 20010 at 1145 am.


Reporter: Ben Stewart
City (of sighting): Murray , KY
Time of Report: 16-Apr-10

Color of cougar: Brown/Tan

Description of sighting:
I seen a cougar last week when I was driving along the Trace in LBL. I was scouting for the upcoming 2010 Kentucky Turkey season. And when I was driving through Land Between the lakes recreation area, along the Trace, I had a cougar walk across the road in front of me.

I am 100% sure it was a cougar. It's amazing to me how cougar can still live around here. I have hunted around here for 22 years, and I have lived here for 40 years. This is the first Cougar I have ever seen.


Reporter: Cheryl Ewing
City (of sighting): Brentwood, TN
Time of Report: 05-Jan-10

Color of cougar: Tan

Description of sighting:
I am a Realtor in Middle Tennessee. I was showing a home yesterday, January 4, 2009 in the Willowmet Subdivision in Brentwood, Tennessee. The seller, future tenant, my daughter and I were standing in the kitchen of the home, when the future tenant says: "What kind of cat is that?" We all turned and looked out the large glass window to see a small cougar (around 100 lbs.) going back in the woods. It turned back around and came back to edge of woods,(we all got a good look at this time), and then turned around and went back into the woods. We thought it was a bobcat until I have since looked at pictures on the internet. It was a cougar.


Reporter: Ryan
City (of sighting): LAND BETWEEN THE LAKES RECREATION AREA, TN
Time of Report: 19-Dec-09

Color of cougar: BROWN

Description of sighting:
I saw a cougar while walking in the woods in LBL, I seen the cougar a few weeks ago, I am sure it was a cougar, I was in the Tennessee portion of LBL, I thought it was a deer, but I seen quickly it was a cougar, it was about 200 yards away on the side of a ridge. I am positive it was a cougar, I told LBL staff, they said they have got several cougar sightings before. LBL is big enough to support a few cougars it's 170,000 acres of wilderness.

I have heard many other people say that they have seen cougar in LBL, and in local areas.


Reporter: Amy Denton-Vinson
City (of sighting): Franklin, TN
Time of Report: 25-Aug-09

Color of cougar: tan with reddish tint-(similar to a deer)

Description of sighting:
8/25/09

I was driving on Hillsboro Road, headed North, just before reaching Grassland approx 6a.m. on my way to work. Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed a large "cat like" animal to my left in a field approx. 75 yards from the road. The animal was low to the ground, engaged in a stalking stance, as if it had spotted some type of prey. I was completely amazed at what I was witnessing, a very rational person, so I began to question the possibility of could it be a bobcat or coyote?..... knowing full well that this cat was way too big, and had a much different stance. Having grown up on a farm and around avid outdoorsmen all my life, I am very clear that it was not a coyote, a large dog, or a bobcat. (Those were the explanations offered to me after contacting TWRA) I am quite familiar with how those animals appear in the wild. Also, my late father practiced taxidermy as a hobby, and I have seen mounted coyotes and bobcats. This cat WAS NOT either of them. It was approximately 3-4 feet long, large tail, tan with reddish tint to its coat. I was able to pull over quietly, and observe as the cat watched his prey and advanced upon it in a very stealth like manner. I was not aware, or had not ever heard of cougars or any other type of "big cat" in the Franklin area, BUT, I am certain of what I saw....... In fact, I am so confident this cat is a threat to surrounding livestock, I stopped the next day to share my experience with the gentleman that owns cattle within close proximity to my sighting. Perhaps "not a cougar" according to the few people I have shared my story with, however, I am absolutely positive that the "big cat" I saw was definately not one of the above mentioned explanations I was given. Curiously, I researched other sightings in TN, which is what led me to this website. If anyone else has seen this cat on Hillsboro Rd, just before Grassland, pleae share...... You aren't crazy!!


Reporter: Bill Brooks
City (of sighting): Crockett/Madison county line, TN
Time of Report: 28-Jul-09

Color of cougar: Tan

Description of sighting:
Driving four wheeler down old road. Cougar was laying down in a shady area of the road. I saw it when it got up and took about two steps and jumped into the trees and weed lining the road. Distance was about 70 yards. Quickly noticed the long, curved tail. It also had a very large head. I knew it was not a coyote and that it was way to big to be a domestic cat. South Fork Forked Deer River Bottom. 7/27/09


Reporter: Duane & Denise Steinly
City (of sighting): Pinson, TN
Time of Report: 27-May-09

Color of cougar: Tan

Description of sighting:
We were driving home from Wednesday night Bible Study and at around 8:45 pm turned onto Old Pinson Rd.. As we rounded the corner we saw an animal move on the side of road. As we got closer it looked at the car lights, put his ears back ( they had black on the tips and white inside) and ran only about 10 feet in front of the car to the woods on the other side of the road. At the same time we both yelled COUGAR! It had a long tail with a white tip and sleek short tan fur. It had very muscular shoulders and jaws. We think it may have weighed approximately 70 lbs. or so. It appeared to be a young adult. We have seen 3 or 4 bobcats in 15 years. This looked nothing like them. The body was about 4 feet long plus the long tail. There is no doubt that it was a cougar. We have looked at pictures to be sure. Yep it was a cougar alright.


Reporter: Johnny Wall
City (of sighting): Lavinia, TN
Time of Report: 06-May-09

Color of cougar: Tan / Brown

Description of sighting:
Coming home from church last summer my family saw a cougar crouched beside the road. (Little Grove Road) This sighting was around July of 2008. My wife and I both saw the cat. We had just passed Cool Springs Church heading west; as we rounded the curve I saw the cat crouched down beside the road. As our vehicle approached the cat rose up and begin to slowly walk down the road bank.... We saw the entire cat ...... long tail and all.....


Reporter: Jeff Roush
City (of sighting): Dyersburg, TN
Time of Report: 29-Mar-09

Color of cougar: Tan / Light Brown

Description of sighting:
Sighting Date: March 15, 2009 Location: 6 Miles north of Dyersburg on Millsfield Hwy Time: 5:30PM

While riding with my daughter who has her permit to drive I sat in passengers seat of our vehicle. I was looking around as usual, and though I saw a very large cat shaped figure sitting in a brushy thicket about 50 feet from the road. I quickly took a second look to see if I truly saw what I thought I saw and confirmed it was a large cat. From my point of reference I would say the sitting figure was about 25 inches tall, much taller than any normal feline in this area. It was tan/light brown in color. I've checked that spot every time I pass it since, but no more cougars to date.

Jeff Roush


Reporter: james graves
City (of sighting): milan, TN
Time of Report: 30-Sep-08

Color of cougar: fawn color

Description of sighting:
walking across the milan arensal in front of steve marsh ford. about 2pm in november of 2007


Reporter: Prather McNeal-Hutchison
City (of sighting): Eclectic, AL
Time of Report: 14-Oct-07

Color of cougar: tawny

Description of sighting:
Friday 10/5 10AM Full view of the cat crossing rural road into deep woods. Full grown, but very thin. Appeared to be about 2-1/2 feet tall.


Reporter: Diane Lewis
City (of sighting): Paris, TN
Time of Report: 17-Aug-07

Color of cougar: Dark brown

Description of sighting:
I was driving along Hwy. 218 around Paris about 6:00 p.m. on an August evening in 1998; the sun was still quite high. I had slowed to cross the railroad tracks between Hwy. 77 and Hwy. 79. Out of the corner of my eye I saw movement in the weeds on the side of the road; I immediately thought ofthe possibility of a deer crossing my path and did not increase my speed. Suddenly, a big cat became visible and crossed the road about 30 feet in front of my car. He was a chestnut brown color, and the sun made his coat shine. I would estimate his body to be around 3 feet long and his tail slightly shorter. He did not seem to be aware of my presence. He crossed the road at what I would call a slow, easy lope. My heart was beating at the sight and I remember noting that it had a long tail and round ears because I wanted to be sure about what I was seeing. I will probably never see another, but I feel lucky to have witnessed such a beautiful creature.


Reporter: Sam Wolfe
City (of sighting): Somerville, TN
Time of Report: 22-Apr-07

Color of cougar: Tanish/Baige

Description of sighting:
My wife and I were comming from work in Somerville,We where aprox. 1/2 mile west of Fayette Acc. school. There is a open filed next to a house. I saw it first and I turned around and went back so my wife could see it. My wife thought I was nuts until it moved into an opening.The cougar creep out of the tall saige grass into a opening. Patty agreed it was a cougar. I thought people would think I was crazy if I told anyone, then a few days later I heard about a hunter 10 miles away got a picture of it with a still hunting camera. After that I felt better. It's been about a month now but I still look every time I pass the field.


Reporter: Lemuel Hendricks
City (of sighting): Brownsville, TN
Time of Report: 13-Mar-07

Color of cougar: Brown

Description of sighting:
It was early spring about 2 years ago. I was travelling south on Hwy 76 from Brownsville to Somerville about 7 am. I saw a LARGE cat running across a field with something dangling in its mouth. It crossed the road about 20 feet in front of my truck. It was at least five feet long not counting it's very long tail. It was running fast and the tail was extended straight back. The object in its mouth looked like a small dog (black), like a house pet. I am sure it was a cougar, it was way too big and tawny to be a wildcat. Most people I told think I'm making this up but seeing is believing and there ARE BIG CATS in the Loosahatchie River Basin!!!


Reporter: Marion Lovett
City (of sighting): Leipers Fork, TN
Time of Report: 19-Feb-07

Color of cougar: Brown

Description of sighting:
We were driving back from church on the Lord's Day February 18, 2007, and spotted a cougar in a horse pasture on Hwy 46. As we passed by the pasture, my wife saw what appeared as a large cat in the field. We turned around to get a better look. We watched the large cat from our van for about 8 minutes as it moved around the field and walked up the hill toward the treeline. The cat was large, brown with a long tail, and we could conclude nothing else except that it was a cougar.


Reporter: Jaret Wright
City (of sighting): Reelfoot Lake area, TN
Time of Report: 19-Feb-07

Color of cougar: Fawn colored

Description of sighting:
Deer hunting Reelfoot Lake WMA & saw what I first thought was a deer moving behind me. Closer inspection proved it to be a large cat of some sort. I ruled out bobcat when I noted the long tail.


Reporter: Steve Lee
City (of sighting): Shelby County, TN
Time of Report: 19-Feb-07

Color of cougar: Dark Brown

Description of sighting:
Around 7:45 on 2/19/07 I was traveling south on Hwy 14 near the Loosahatchie River. I notice 2 animals on the west side of the highway about 100 yards from the road. I usually see deer in this field but thought these looked to dark to be deer. As I drove past them, one turned profile and began to move. I saw the thick legs, short snout, and knew for sure these weren't deer. As they moved along the edge of the field I realized these were Cougars. Both seemed to be around 30 inches tall.


Reporter: Jon Jones
City (of sighting): Ellijay, GA (Gilmer County), TN
Time of Report: 22-Jan-07

Color of cougar: Brown

Description of sighting:
Hello,

I wanted to report a sighting in Gilmer County. I have often heard people say they have seen or heard the creatures, but have had my doubts. I am an avid outdoorsman and hunter, so I am always keenly aware of wildlife in my surroundings both afield, as well as while I am driving the roads of North Georgia.

On Saturday, January 13, 2007 (last week), my friend David Bailey and I were traveling East on Clear Creek road to go check out some property on Burnt Mountain Road. We always use the Evans road short-cut which is just past Clear Creek Church and just across the new concrete bridge over Turkey Creek. The time was approximately 1:00 p.m. and the conditions were overcast with little to no wind, and app. 60 degrees.

As we traveled east on Clear Creek road, I was looking in the fields on the right as we approached Evans road. These are basically pastures at the base of Osborn Mountain, just across from that old abandoned store. In the back of the field, far from the road and next to a little creek drain, I noticed a single animal which I thought to be a deer based on its color and size, standing in the brown grass. I pointed it out to David, who was driving, just as we were about to make the right-hand turn onto Evans Road. As I watched the animal, it suddenly jumped straight up into the air and appeared to pounce on something I could not see, down in the grass. When it jumped, I noticed that it was a cat-like movement (similar to a domestic cat or bobcat playing with something), plus, I noticed it had a very long tail.

Immediately I told David to pull over that I thought I was seeing a Mountain Lion. David eased the truck over to the shoulder of Evans road, and we had a clear view of the animal diagonally across the pasture, we estimated at a range of about 200 yards. Amazingly, David was still hauling around 2 pairs of 10X40 binoculars in his back seat since we were only days past the end of deer season and he hadn’t taken them out of his truck. We were able to stand side by side next to the vehicle, each with a pair of binoculars, and watch the cat for a period we estimate to be 5-8 minutes. The animal pounced numerous times on something we were never able to identify, walked in circles around it, and even laid down completely at one point. Periodically we would whisper to each other making sure that we were seeing the same thing, like “did you just see it jump?” and “it just laid down….you see that?” It was a magnificent moment we will never forget.

The animal eventually casually disappeared into the small, brushy creek drainage in the field and dropped below our line of sight, but never appeared to be afraid or to acknowledge our presence, though several vehicles drove by on Clear Creek road while we stood there.

The cat was tan to reddish tan in color, very similar to a deer’s coloration before it loses its summer coat, while its tail appeared to get darker from base to tip, almost being black at the tip. The backs of its ears were black, with some darker markings and white on its face. The inside of its legs and underbelly were white. Based upon our experience with deer, we estimated the animal’s weight to be 60-80 lbs. In sharing my account, I have encountered at least 2 other stories of recent sightings in a general 5 mile radius of this area by credible individuals

I plan on deploying a trail camera in the location this week to see if I can capture it on film. I am now a believer with a witness who also is, and I am after a photo now to dispel the myth once and for all. I will photographically document any tracks as well as gather a scat sample if I can find one.

Thanks,

Jon D. Jones


Reporter: Brandon Cromwell
City (of sighting): Henning (Durhamville area), TN
Time of Report: 07-Jan-07

Color of cougar: Light Brown

Description of sighting:
It was in May 2006, I was planting cotton in the Durhamville area about 30 minutes before sunset when all i liked were planting my end rows. I came around a cormer and about 75 to 100 yards from me was what i thought to be a big bobcat, but when it turned to enter the fencerow I noticed it had a long tail draging the ground. I had always heard that these animals exists, but until that day I did not believe it. Now I am a believer!


Reporter: Jason Jennings
City (of sighting): Union City , TN
Time of Report: 23-Dec-06

Color of cougar: tan

Description of sighting:
While driving down hwy. 51 going towards south fulton tenn. Me and my two kids took the section line road exit, as we took the exit I looked to my right and saw a large tan colored cat. It had a long tail and white chin. It was crouched down in the grass. I've seen bobcats several times in the past and this was not one.


Reporter: Scott Plumlee
City (of sighting): South Carroll county, TN
Time of Report: 12-Nov-06

Color of cougar: Dark Gray or Black

Description of sighting:
At around 6:00 pm on Oct.21 2006 I was driving home from a scouting trip in a very sparsely populated area of southern Carroll county very close to Natchez Trace State Park. As I took a right turn I looked to my left and spotted a large cat standing in the middle of the road around 100 yards away. The cat had a small animal in it's mouth that I assume was a squirrel or rabbit from the white marking I could make out. I remember distinctly the long tail but what sticks in my mind the most were the legs on the animal, they seemed to be much bigger than I have ever seen. This was no dog or bobcat or coyote. I got a good long look before it ran into the brushy creek bottom.


Reporter: Brent Parks
City (of sighting): Westmoreland , TN
Time of Report: 30-Oct-06

Color of cougar: DarkTan

Description of sighting:
I was riding a Kubota RTV vehicle in the woods with my wife. She had gone to make pictures off of a bluff in the woods. While I was sitting there waiting on her, I saw an animal at about 30 yards. First, I just thought it was a deer, then I realized it was a Cougar. I have never seen one in the wild. It did not even pay any attention to me. It just went walking on by. I know it knew I was there, because it had to hear the diesel engine running. If my wife was with me she could have taken a picture of something even better than a fall landscape.


Reporter: Rex Brotherton
City (of sighting): Hickory Valley, TN
Time of Report: 19-Oct-06

Color of cougar: brown

Description of sighting:
On a cool October night in 2003, I was leaving my sister's home just south of Hickory Valley, Tennessee. It was just past midnight and I had just pulled onto Highway 18 after closing the gate at the end of the driveway. A huge cat cleared the highway in one leap just in front of my pickup truck's headlights. The cat turned its head toward the truck as it sailed by and the light reflected in it's eyes. This all happened in a few seconds. I at first thought to myself, "That is the biggest bobcat I've ever seen!" Then I realized the cat's tail was as long as the cat itself - no bobcat. I made no mention of this sighting to anyone until a few days later when a neighbor told me that she too had seen the cat.


Reporter: cindy lindsey
City (of sighting): tipton county (inside covington city limits), TN
Time of Report: 09-Oct-06

Color of cougar: tan

Description of sighting:
Saturday October 7 2006 We were driving down Holly Grove Road about 3:00 pm Saturday afternoon--we were in the 200-300 block of Holly Grove Road inside the city limits when we spotted the cougar, he ran across the road in front of us. The animal was tan in color, looked to be about 3 ft long and weiged about 70-80 pounds.


Reporter: animal enthusiast
City (of sighting): Hwy 96 near Williamson/Rutherford county line, TN
Time of Report: 25-Aug-06

Color of cougar: tan

Description of sighting:
My mother and I were traveling on Hwy 96 coming back from Murfreesboro toward Franklin, and just as we crossed the county line into Williamson County a large, tan, long tailed animal leaped across the rode.(an impressive distance). Immediately I slammed on my brakes as my mother and I said in unisom, "DID YOU SEE THAT!?!?" We were able to see it as it ascended up the hill a little then, it sat down and faced towards the road. It was AMAZING! At first, I didn't want to report it for fear of being thought crazy but now I know my mother and I are not "losing it." I have seen many many cougars, just not in Tennessee,(and not this close to home);therefore I know what we saw to be a cougar...Just makes you wonder why TWRA refuses to acknowledge their existence when instead they should be educating the public on how humans and cougars can safely co-exist.


Reporter: Forest
City (of sighting): Mansfield, TN
Time of Report: 15-Aug-06

Color of cougar: Tan/Light Brown

Description of sighting:
I was headed home on Hwy 77 south of Paris. A mile or so before Hwy 141, I came upon a large cat standing in the road. I had to look twice as I had not realizing with my first look what it was. As I slowed down, I realized what I was looking at, a mountain lion. It Stood there for only a second, just long enough to look into its eyes, and it bolted for the corn field on my left. With in only the blink of an eye, it was gone.


Reporter: Ginger B.
City (of sighting): Jackson, TN
Time of Report: 12-Jul-06

Color of cougar: Tan

Description of sighting:
It was around 11:30pm on Friday night, 07/07/06, as my dog and I were riding home from a friends house. I was traveling northbound on Windy City Road when I noticed up ahead on the right side of the road a strange looking animal standing on the embankment. I slowed down to make sure I was seeing what I thought I was seeing. Sure enough there stood a Cougar! It had the cats head, short pointed ears, light tan sleek coat and the long curled up tail. It was also at the deer crossing which I understand is one of their primary food sources. It took me several days to research and find that it was indeed a Cougar. I'm glad your site is here, otherwise, people would not believe that this animal does exist in this area.


Reporter: Cindy Doggrell
City (of sighting): Memphis, TN
Time of Report: 09-Jul-06

Color of cougar: brown

Description of sighting:
It was in 2003. I saw a mountain lion or wild cat several times in the same area on Humphrey's Blvd close to the light that turns into Walnut Grove. Each time, the cat was bounding into the woods around 10:30pm. I also saw the same cat or one that resembeled it around Quail Hollow//shady grove. The first time I saw it I thought I must of mistaken a large dog (although it looked feline and nothing like any other animal). I then looked for it when driving down Humphreys and saw it again a few times in the late fall. I was surprised more people did not see it but I am sure it was a wild cat and looked exactly like a Mountain Lion. It was light tan and bounded into the woods. I have not seen it in the last two years. It was the size of a St. Bernard only lean and sinewy.


Reporter: Ronda Elliott
City (of sighting): Cottage Grove, TN
Time of Report: 19-Jun-06

Color of cougar: redish tan, but more tan

Description of sighting:
On June 19 at approx. 4:00PM I was driving on Ables Road off of Hwy 140 coming from the Como area towards Cottage Grove when a large redish tan animal (more tan then red) ran across the road in front of me. From a distance I could tell it was cat like, but the color confused me, as it had the color similar of a deer. It stopped at the tree frontage and looked in my direction and I slowed down to find that it was indeed a large cat about 160-170 lbs. Scary because I walk on this road everyday! I might be rethinking that now!


Reporter: Watson Weinberg
City (of sighting): Crossville, TN
Time of Report: 12-Jun-06

Color of cougar: reddish brown

Description of sighting:
I have property in the Meridian subdivision off of 68 south I was leaving my property to go into town and was driving on Meridian Rd. A large cat crossed in front of my car and went into the open field. I stopped my jeep and looked at it. It was not a bobcat because it had a long tail. It stopped and turned and continued to go over the hill into the dense woods. This was about 10:00 am the last week of May of this year.


Reporter: Mike Martin
City (of sighting): Pickwick Dam, TN
Time of Report: 04-Jun-06

Color of cougar: Tawny brown

Description of sighting:
On May 30, 2006 at about 6:50PM my wife and I saw a tawny brown cougar cross Hwy. 128 about 400 yards north of Pickwick Dam. The big cat stopped broadside to us as we passed by and then leaped into the woods. The body looked to be about 3 feet long with a tail about the same length.


Reporter: David Smith
City (of sighting): LaGrange, TN
Time of Report: 09-May-06

Color of cougar: Tawny brown

Description of sighting:
Sighting took place on TN Hwy #18 about 3 miles north of MS state line and 2 miles south of Hwy 57 intersection, Fayette Co.

It was mid-January, 1980. I had been to visit in Ashland, MS and returning northward up Hwy 18 about 6:30 p.m. In a long desolate stretch just east of Wolf River Bottom, I saw a lone animal amble l-r across the highway approx. 150 yards ahead. It was just on the outer limit of the headlights of my Ford Bronco. I assumed it to be a deer. But it sorta stuck in my mind that the animal looked low to the ground and ran across the road in a rather undulating motion, unlike a deer. But it was about the color of a deer. There was no traffic at all. I slowed to 25 MPH to look closer as I approached the crossing location. The highway right-of-way was well mowed and short out to about 30 feet from the pavement where waist-high grass started. To my surprise, I looked through the windshield right into the eyes of a cougar. It had stopped on the ROW just short of entering the tall grass. The round face, short stubby ears, and long graceful tail with end curled were unmistakeable. It was not a stray dog or coyote. I saw the animal for 4-5 seconds at a distance of 65-75 feet. As I passed, it stood motionless on the upward sloping rise toward the tall grassy area, which put it about eye level with me. There have been other sightings over the years in the same general area, which leads me to believe that the animals are using the Wolf River corridor for east-west movement and crossing 18 Hwy from time to time.


Reporter: jo ellen roberson
City (of sighting): fulton, MS
Time of Report: 06-May-06

Color of cougar: tan

Description of sighting:
I didn't see the lion, but my co-worker who lives in Fulton said that a man saw what he thought was a lion in the forest surrounding the area. We thought it might be an escaped animal from one of the zoo's due to the hurricanes that may have survived over the winter in the national forests. I wish I had more to tell, but I'm just repeating what my friend told me.


Reporter: Doug Smith
City (of sighting): Leipers Fork (Natchez Trace), TN
Time of Report: 02-Apr-06

Color of cougar: light tan

Description of sighting:
I thought I was seeing a dog up ahead in the woods. It seemed to be walking softly away from me. Then I got a closer look at it. It was a cougar! It never seemed to look over at me, but surely it had already seen me since they are supposedly expert hunters. Thank God he didn't want to have me for lunch.


Reporter: Robert Jackson
City (of sighting): Jamestown, KY
Time of Report: 01-Apr-06

Color of cougar: tan

Description of sighting:
13yrs ago I was traveling Hwy 379 and a huge cat with long tail ran across the road in front of me. I immediatly knew it was a cougar and thought maybe I would hear about one that had gotten loose from a private owner but never did. I have heard of others seeing tracks. I have not seen any cougars since.


Reporter: Richar Shaffer
City (of sighting): Monterey, Overton County, TN
Time of Report: 17-Mar-06

Color of cougar: brown

Description of sighting:
Hello - there is a Civil War era cemtery above a 35 ac parcel I own north of Monterey on Rock Springs Rd. in Overton County. Two neighbors who were at the gravesites saw a cougar passing across a field and down the ridge on to my property. It was broad daylight and their view was unobstructed. This was March 9th. My neigbor speaks of his Grandmother hearing Painters howling in the night before the interstates came through.

I'll look for scat or any other signs.

Thanks Richard Shaffer Cookeville, TN


Reporter: Robert L. Gordon
City (of sighting): La Grange, TN
Time of Report: 03-Mar-06

Color of cougar: tan

Description of sighting:
spotted in february 2006 walking slowly across a ridge in the woods behind our house.


Reporter: Patricia Ross
City (of sighting): Bartlett , TN
Time of Report: 23-Feb-06

Color of cougar: light tan/darker than blonde

Description of sighting:
On Wed, Feb 22nd, 2006, coming up my driveway about 7 pm, these 2 large animals were walking on the road, opposite side of my house. I stopped to view them. One went into the grassy area, into the dark. But the other stopped and looked at me. It had a long low tail; it walked like a lion you would see at the zoo. it very much looked this picture at this site:

http://rosswarner.com/6084.html

At first I thought it was a large lab, but dogs of that size don't roam our neighborhood and it just didn't walk like a dog; something was odd about it. This is very errie to think these animals may live in the woods around us. My husband thought he had seen on in summer, 2005, as well.


Reporter: Paul Van Buren
City (of sighting): Mt. Juliet, TN
Time of Report: 21-Feb-06

Color of cougar: brown

Description of sighting:
Jason, the person who picks my garbage on Tuesday mornings, reported that a large mountain lion was sitting in the woods about 50 feet from the drive to our house, 515 Hillwood Dr., near Old Hickory Lake on February 7, 2006. It sat there for several minutes watching him before it headed east through the woods. He claimed he had no doubts about what he was seeing since he had seen one before when hiking in the mountains. He describe it perfectly, including the brown markings and black tip on the long tail. He thought it would weight close to 200 pounds.


Reporter: Frank Dailey
City (of sighting): Ripley, TN
Time of Report: 06-Jan-06

Color of cougar: Tan

Description of sighting:
While deer hunting November 11th, 2005 in the Durhamville area, I spotted a panther (cougar) about 500 yarrds from my stand location. It was browish-gray in color. i saw it when it crossed a small cove in the end of the field. It crossed about 50 yards in the field before it disappared back into the woods.


Reporter: Laura Lacy
City (of sighting): Puryear, TN
Time of Report: 28-Dec-05

Color of cougar: Light Brownish/Yellow

Description of sighting:
On December 23, at approximately 9:30 pm, I was driving 641 south on the stretch of road between Hazel and Puryear. I looked to my left at a house decorated for Christmas, when I looked back at the road, there was a large animal in the left lane about to cross in front of me. I told my parents that it looked like a lion. Now that I have found this site, I am convinced that it was a cougar.


Reporter: Steven A. Burke
City (of sighting): Jamestown, TN
Time of Report: 13-Dec-05

Color of cougar: Grayish Brown

Description of sighting:
Was driving to a hunt at 4:30-5:00 am on Dec.11,2005. I had just crossed the bridge separating Fentress and Morgan Counties. I notice what I at first thought was deer bounding down a bank and locked my breaks down to avoid a collision. The animal landed on the white line on the opposite side of the road, and then right in front of me. I then saw that it was a very large cat, with a long tail. I actually thought I hit it, but when I got stopped, I did not see it. The entire incident lasted maybe 3 seconds.


Reporter: Patti Pasquale
City (of sighting): Sparta (White County), TN
Time of Report: 14-Oct-05

Color of cougar: Brown

Description of sighting:
This morning about 10 a.m. I was sitting on my patio drinking my coffee when I was astonished to see a large cat crossing my neighbor's back lawn. It crouched down and paused to look around to see if anything was watching, and then continued on. It seemed too brown colored to me, but then I realized it was probably wet from the vegetation in the field, as I had just observed that our willow tree had a lot of wet dew sparkling in the sun. I couldn't believe I was looking at a big cat in our area, but there was no mistaking the walk and look of what I supposed to be a cougar (we are cat lovers and presently have three cats). I jumped up and ran in the house to get the binoculars, ran out the front door to try to get a look of it as it crossed the street, but I was too late.

We have watched deer come through this same neighbors yard, reach the street and cross to the fields and wooded areas on the other side. Our home backs up to fields with Gum Spring Mountain behind. We have heard and seen the coyotes, but this is the first large cat I've seen and we've been here for 11 years. Simply amazing!

I searched the internet for pictures to confirm that I did indeed see what I thought was a cougar. I found that I had guessed correctly.


Reporter: Chris Malloney
City (of sighting): Tennessee, TN
Time of Report: 09-Oct-05

Color of cougar: tan

Description of sighting:
saw in a creek at 7:00pm Saturday night. its a large cougar and when i saw it, it was eating someting.


Reporter:
City (of sighting): Durhamville/Orysa Lauderdale County, TN
Time of Report: 06-Oct-05

Color of cougar: Dark Tan

Description of sighting:
Deer hunting off of HWY 19 E. From large wooded area near deer stand a large dark tan cat resembling a bobcat with a long tail walked under stand toward a pond over the next hill.


Reporter: HOWARD NIXON
City (of sighting): CENTERVILLE, TN
Time of Report: 03-Oct-05

Color of cougar: tan

Description of sighting:
12/12/04 Second sighting of probably same cougar. It was about 6:10 A.M. just becoming light, I had climbed in my stand in area where buck come in during the rut. Sout Wind was in my face looked down and saw something laying in the weeds just below me crouched and waiting for the same deer I was, about 20 yards in front. Once I saw the big head and huge back, I knew it was him. Couldn't believe he was that close but it had rained night before and wind was in my favor.


Reporter: JoAnne
City (of sighting): Chapel Hill, TN
Time of Report: 30-Sep-05

Color of cougar: Tan

Description of sighting:
I walked to my driveway this morning and saw a cougar in my sideyard. I watched it as it went into the neighbors woods. My husband walked out in time to see the backend of it, he could not beleive his eyes so he followed it but it was gone. I am now afraid to go outside at night alone.


Reporter: Charlotte Morris
City (of sighting): Dresden (Weakley County), TN
Time of Report: 26-Sep-05

Color of cougar: buckskin or light tan

Description of sighting:
On June 22, 2005 at 7:45 A.M. I was driving down Matheny road when a cougar crossed the road in front of me. It was running as it went out of site behind some trees.


Reporter: Michael Morris
City (of sighting): Dresden (Weakley County), TN
Time of Report: 26-Sep-05

Color of cougar: buckskin or light tan

Description of sighting:
On Friday, June 17, 2005, at 7:55 P.M. I saw a cougar on Matheny Rd., Dresden, Weakley County, Tn. As I got out of my car in front of my home I noticed the cougar about 75 yards down a small hill. The cougar was laying down watching me. When he realized I had spotted him he stood up and trotted off into a wooded area about 30 yards away. He looked to be about 5 feet long from head to tail, and about 100 lbs.


Reporter: Kelley Swearingen
City (of sighting): Dresden, TN
Time of Report: 25-Sep-05

Color of cougar: Tan

Description of sighting:
In the Spring of 2003, while I was looking over a farm that I had bought the previous Summer, I spotted this large animal about 150 yards away. It appeared to be at least seven feet long from tip of nose to tip of tail. I estimate it's weight to be over 120 pounds. It had just emerged from a thick area of grass and small trees. I at first thought it was a whitetail, but after closer observation, I determined it was a cougar. Deer do not have thick legs and a long black tail and certainly they do not walk like a cat. I have a Degree in Wildlife Management, so I think I am qualified to determine what I saw. However, I did not say anything about it until I heard some more people in my area mention sightings. I did call the TWRA off in Jackson, TN and asked about the presence of cougars in Weakley County. I was told there were none and that they had not released any. In the Summer of 2003, I had some dozer work done on the farm. Before the grass started growing back, my wife, daughter and myself were over there and found several tracks that I identified as LARGE cat tracks with the help of a book of mammals of North America. Later that same Summer, my wife and I were returning from Murray, KY and took a short-cut by the farm back to our house. It was after dark. I rounded a corner and there stood two cats in the road. They split into opposite directions. Same tan color and long tails. In the early Fall of 2003, I was carrying two deer hunters over to the farm to show them around. About a quarter mile from the farm, a cougar crossed the road about 50 yards in front of us. Again, a positive sighting. Early the next Spring (2004), a neighbor in that area told me her sons had spotted cougar kittens in the road that runs in front of my farm.


Reporter: Tarrie Hyche
City (of sighting): Double Springs, AL
Time of Report: 19-Sep-05

Color of cougar: reddish-brown

Description of sighting:
I listed Double Springs, AL as the city of sighting. Actually, I was in the Wm. B. Bankhead National Forest on Lewis Smtih Lake (app. 6 miles sw of Double Springs) and saw this big cat cross the road. My wife was with me and got a good look at it too. This is the second time I have seen a cougar in this area within a months time (possibly the same one). My son and two grandchildren saw one two years ago app. nine miles north of where I saw this one. My family buys and sells lakefront property and property within the national forest, so we spend a lot of time in very remote areas. Hopefully, one of us will get a photo of a big cat soon.


Reporter: Connie Hood
City (of sighting): Big Sandy River drainage between Paris and CamTN., TN
Time of Report: 25-Aug-05

Color of cougar: Brown

Description of sighting:
Sighting 8-5-05

While taking picture with my trail camera on the banks of the Big Sandy River a nice cougar came strolling through around 9:00 am in the morning. Everyone who has viewed the picture has the same look of astonishment.

I’ve always said, “never let a little white lie stand in the way of a good hunting story” so my buddies really wanted to doubt me on this one but Its hard to argue with a digital picture. So anyone who questions there existence I have the next best thing to a live cat.


Reporter:
City (of sighting): Dickson , TN
Time of Report: 24-Aug-05

Color of cougar: dark grey/ black

Description of sighting:
There have been sightings in this are of Dickson County for over 20 years. The county lines where Dickson, Houston and Humphrey's all come together. The last family sighting was 8-21-05 as my oldest son was coming home about 12 pm, the cat walked across the road in front of him, we are about used to seeing them and have lost livestock to them in the past. Our dogs want nothing to do with them, they usually wont even bark at them. When I first moved here, I was a city girl, the neighbor told me when you see the black cats don't panic. I thought she was nuts until I got in my car one morning a few months later,turned on the lights and standing not more than 5 feet in front of my car was a large grey cat. He simply looked back at me and walked off. I thought maybe I was nuts too but since then I have seen many of them, different sizes and weights so they are breeding.My sons were out one night a few years back and a large cat was in our field trying to get our house cat out of a walnut tree the boys yelled and the wildcat left much to our Smokey's relief. A hunter saw one at the end of our road last winter which he estimated weight about 125lbs, thats larger than any I have seen but yet I don't doubt his story. Years ago we had some calves killed by something and when I called TWRA they simply said they could not confirm any large cats in the area.


Reporter: Lisa Murray
City (of sighting): Murfreesboro, TN
Time of Report: 17-Aug-05

Color of cougar: Tan

Description of sighting:
I was driving home from work this week just off Manchester Hwy onto Cedar Grove Road, when I saw at first what I thought was a large dog...then, out from the woods came a huge yellow cougar, it stealthily moved from one side of the road to the other so I got to see it in full view. I called the Sherriff's Department and they didn't seem to concerned...Then I called the Wildlife Department and they said "Oh, yeah, they're around". This is the first time I've ever seen a cougar or heard of a cougar being in the Middel TN area. We trail ride a lot in this area, so now I'm a little leery.


Reporter: Barney Witherington
City (of sighting): Tipton County, TN
Time of Report: 06-Aug-05

Color of cougar: Brown

Description of sighting:
I have been a hunter all of my life and, until 2003, had always dismissed purported cougar sightings as local "redneck" lore. In 2003, along with another witness, I saw a cougar in broad daylight at approximately 60 yards in the bed of the Beaver Creek canal. I initially thought that it was a large bobcat, however, I saw its long tail when it turned sideways to drink out of the canal. The cat probably weighed 30-35 lbs. and had a tail about two feet long with a sort of tuft on the end. The sighting lasted approximately 1-2 minutes. I was made doubly certain that it was a mountain lion when it walked straight up the sheer bank of the canal in a "spider man" fashion. I saw the tracks it left and they were larger than any bobcat track I have ever seen. My friend and I are both certain that what we saw was a mountain lion. Since this sighting, two other hunters on my property have reported seeing brown-colored cougars on the property. I do not expect anyone to believe my friend and I, just as I never believed any of the reports I had heard until I saw one with my own eyes.


Reporter: Tim
City (of sighting): White County, TN
Time of Report: 19-Jul-05

Color of cougar: brown

Description of sighting:
My mom emailed me today and this a a direct quote from her email...

"Tim, You won't believe what I saw Saturday. I went to the crossville flea market & came home via Bon Air mountain & the biggest cat I've ever seen outside of the zoo crossed the road. It was the size of a german shepard. It was brown & looked like a young cat. Looked like a cougar but do we have cougars around here? Someone at work thought it might be a bobcat but I checked out the net last night for pictures of wildcats & the bobcat has spots so it's not that. I've never seen a wild cat except in a zoo. It was really something to see. Wish I had the time to take a picture."


Reporter: KD McGahan
City (of sighting): Hohenwald, TN
Time of Report: 14-Jul-05

Color of cougar: tan/gray

Description of sighting:
Large cat spotted crossing hwy 99 at Napier Lake Rd on the Buffalo Rvr June 17, 2005 6:15pm


Reporter: Chris Camp
City (of sighting): Hornersville, MO
Time of Report: 12-Jul-05

Color of cougar: Light Tan

Description of sighting:
In late January of 2005 I was traveling on Hwy 164 West going to Hwy 412 to go to Paragould. I hunt all the time and am always looking for wildlife. Before you cross the floodways I looked out across the field I saw the cats about a 1/2 mile off the road. I turned down the gravel road and run down to were they were. As I got there one cat walked into the tree line and was gone but this field had a single tree about a 100yards off the gravel road and the other cat sat down and just watched me. I carry a good set of Nikon binoculars and was able to look at it for along time. Since then I have heard of several people seeing different cats along the floodway ditches but I'm glad I finally got to see two in real life.


Reporter: pam wright
City (of sighting): milan, TN
Time of Report: 01-Jul-05

Color of cougar: medium brown body, white facial markings

Description of sighting:
In the early fall of 2000, at about 5:30 pm (just before dusk), I was driving North on Gann Road, about 1 mile from the Milan city limits. As I passed Hughes Loop Road (a gravel lane)a large brown cat started to cross the road in front of me. It crouched in the road as my van got nearer. Its length, including tail, nearly covered 1 lane of the road.Estimated weight is about 80 lbs. This animal was traveling parallel with a fork of the Obion River, which was about 300-500 yards away.


Reporter: Louis Douglas
City (of sighting): Camden, TN
Time of Report: 16-Jun-05

Color of cougar: Brown / Tan

Description of sighting:
May 28, 2005.

While working at our farm in Benton County, I observed a large brown/tan colored cat moving from one end of a field into the edge of a clearing. His movement was slow and his tail was down to the ground. He was not startled by my presence or the presence of the machinery I was using.

A few days later, (June 4, 2005), Brent(my middle son), and I were walking in that same area and located several very large cat tracks. I know these tracks where fresh, since it had rained the night before and you could see where the cat had slipped on a hill side. We both have seen Bobcats and Bobcats tracks, and know these tracks were not made by a large bobcat since they were about 2 times the size of a Bobcat's track.


Reporter: Joyce Smith
City (of sighting): Atoka, TN
Time of Report: 09-Jun-05

Color of cougar: Tan-Pale yellow

Description of sighting:
Around the end of September 2004 i was picking up my son from a morning squirrel hunt. I was parked in a field in Tipton County waiting for him to come out of the woods. While waiting, a very large pale yellow/tan cat came out of the woods not more than a car length from me. It was about 4ft. long with a large round head and a long tail. It stood about 3-3 1/2 feet tall. It looked around as if scanning it`s surroundings, then entered a field in front of me, i lost sight of it then due to the heavy vegatation.


Reporter: renea sewell
City (of sighting): murfreesboro, TN
Time of Report: 26-May-05

Color of cougar: tan

Description of sighting:
I was driving east on Hwy 99 between Rockvale and M'boro when I spotted a large tan cat crouched down eating something in a field. My kids and I always look into this field because there are usually deer there in the evenings. We stopped to get a better look but only saw it move once. It lifted its head and then went back to eating. I am pretty sure it had a long tail and probably weighed about 80 lbs.


Reporter: JEANNIE SIMS
City (of sighting): PARIS LANDING AREA, TN
Time of Report: 15-May-05

Color of cougar: GOLDEN

Description of sighting:
while driving in car late in the afternoon, it ran across the road in front of me. This was in a bottom area between paris and paris landing.


Reporter: Landas Grandberry
City (of sighting): Atoka, TN
Time of Report: 27-Apr-05

Color of cougar: tan

Description of sighting:
I was at work. I work in a home setting. The trees had been recently cut down in the back of the home. I have seen a few deer in the field behind the house since the trees have been cut. One day as I was coming out the back door and noticed a very large animal the same color and size as a deer. At first I thought it was a deer but then I noticed how it loped when it moved. That's when I knew it was a cougar. I don't think the cougar ever saw me but he walked back in the field when a car pulled in the drive way. I felt as if I were at the zoo but with no cage or fence to separate us.


Reporter: Terry S. Bradford
City (of sighting): Springville, TN
Time of Report: 24-Apr-05

Color of cougar: Tan

Description of sighting:
I was clearing a fence row with my DR brush cutter on our 50 acre ranch about 10am on April 18, 2005 when I noticed a large tan colored cat walking across one of our adjacent cleared pastures into our woods. When I noticed it I idled the DR when it stopped and looked at me then continued walking into the woods. The pasture is a mixture of grass and sand patches. I looked for tracks but could find none. I have made plaster of paris casts of other tracks we have found. I have several casts of what we believe are bobcat and the largest tracks are nearly 3 times the size of those. Because we find large cat tracks infrequently we believe these cats are just passing through and not local residents. I contacted TWRA by email and asked if they were tracking the movements of cougars in the area and they responded that "no cougars have ever been documented in Tennessee." What I saw was definitely a very large cat.


Reporter: Brad Simpson
City (of sighting): Ripley, TN
Time of Report: 18-Mar-05

Color of cougar: tan

Description of sighting:
November 04- Around 8:30pm. Driving down Mary's Chapel Road. I saw a large tan cat with a long thick tail walking into a wooded area.


Reporter: andrea and mike stark
City (of sighting): memphis/germantown, TN
Time of Report: 08-Feb-05

Color of cougar: tan

Description of sighting:
In April, 2003, approximately 11:00pm, we were driving west on Humphreys Blvd. which connects Germantown and Walnut Grove Roads. Humphreys parallels the Wolf River and Shelby Farms (Park). A large cat loped across the verge and crossed the road in front of us. The road is three lanes each direction with a median strip, so we had plenty of time to observe the animal clearly. Its body appeared to be 3 to 3 1/2 ft. long, and the tail was almost as long as the body. Its whole appearance was very long and sleek. There was no doubt that what we had seen was a cougar. Two weeks ago, (Jan '05), a friend (who had no prior knowledge of our encounter), observed an animal of the exact same description while jogging near dark, on the bicycle trail in Shelby Farms directly across the river from where our sighting occurred. He, also, believed this could only be a cougar. We spoke to two different Park Rangers, who said there have been many sightings reported in this area for many years, and that there appear to be more than one animal. Although the park is in the middle of an urban area, there is much wildlife, including deer and coyote. The river bottoms are fairly wild and heavily wooded. It is possible these animals move up and down the river corridor largely undetected.


Reporter: andrea and mike stark
City (of sighting): memphis/germantown, TN
Time of Report: 08-Feb-05

Color of cougar: tan

Description of sighting:
In April, 2003, approximately 11:00pm, we were driving west on Humphreys Blvd. which connects Germantown and Walnut Grove Roads. Humphreys parallels the Wolf River and Shelby Farms (Park). A large cat loped across the verge and crossed the road in front of us. The road is three lanes each direction with a median strip, so we had plenty of time to observe the animal clearly. Its body appeared to be 3 to 3 1/2 ft. long, and the tail was almost as long as the body. Its whole appearance was very long and sleek. There was no doubt that what we had seen was a cougar. Two weeks ago, (Jan '05), a friend (who had no prior knowledge of our encounter), observed an animal of the exact same description while jogging near dark, on the bicycle trail in Shelby Farms directly across the river from where our sighting occurred. He, also, believed this could only be a cougar. We spoke to two different Park Rangers, who said there have been many sightings reported in this area for many years, and that there appear to be more than one animal. Although the park is in the middle of an urban area, there is much wildlife, including deer and coyote. The river bottoms are fairly wild and heavily wooded. It is possible these animals move up and down the river corridor largely undetected.


Reporter: Tommy Istvanko
City (of sighting): lavinia, TN
Time of Report: 03-Jan-05

Color of cougar: dark reddish/black

Description of sighting:
the first sighting was december o3, my son and i where near a sand creek behind our home, a tan cougar was feeding on a deer carcass, we quickly left the area after seeing the animal jump to a ridge across the sand creek a good ten or twelve foot jump. My second lucky observation was in good daylight.Traveling down hwy 220, in August 04, my teenage son driving ,I was preoccupied with wildlife looking, I saw a 4 to 4 1/2 foot cat dark redish brown/ black. thick long tail crouching stalking like, came out of some very thick growth into a opening that had just been bushhoged{ mowed} recently. I watched him cross a good 12ft opening in the tall grass. both sightings were in lavinia, tn.


Reporter: Jim More
City (of sighting): Shelby County, TN
Time of Report: 23-Dec-04

Color of cougar: Tan

Description of sighting:
I saw a large tan animal about 400' away approximately the size of a deer only with shorter legs than ran with a sort of gallop or lumbering motion. It was low to the ground and had a flat for pudgy face. It ran like a cat.

It was located in Davies Plantation on the gas pipeline between Bartlett and Lakeland.


Reporter: John Roberson
City (of sighting): Cookeville, TN
Time of Report: 11-Dec-04

Color of cougar: Black

Description of sighting:
My wife and I were traveling east on I-40 just before the TN highway 111. The time was about 8:00 pm on November 25, 2004. A very large black cat crossed over I-40 from the northside of the interstate to the southside of the interstate. The cat crossed right in front of our truck just as we were slowing to exit onto Hwy 111. We both indentified the cat as being black, having a long tail and being double the size of a bobcat. The cat was moving quickly, therefore we were unable to indentify any marking. We both were certain that the animal was a very large cat from the shape of the head, body and long tail.


Reporter: Raini Walker
City (of sighting): Vanleer, TN
Time of Report: 09-Dec-04

Color of cougar: Black

Description of sighting:
Coming home from work one night from the hospital and on a connector road (upper creek) I saw a black creature with a long tail. It was eating something on the side of the road. I was too scared to go back and discounted it to be a large coyote. about 4 mths later my daughter's friend was in the back seat of our utility vehicle and became very upset because she spotted it as we were going by the exact same location as I did 4 mtonths ealier.


Reporter: scott peevyhouse
City (of sighting): Yorkville , TN
Time of Report: 04-Nov-04

Color of cougar: Black

Description of sighting:
I just came across this sight and was amazed at how many sightings were close to me. I have several to tell. I am unsure of the dates, but it was from 2000 until 2001. The first time it was early morning just at daybreak, I was at the time a real avid Coyote hunter abd I was set up next to a creek that runs close to my house. I had just let loose on a cotton tail rabbit distress call, when abou 300 yards away I caught movement. I raised my gun and saw what looked to be a three to three and a half foot long black cat that was low to the ground and slowly stalking. But he never came in,, or at least I never saw him any more. Then on 2 more occasions I saw another or maybe the same one because it was in the same area. They both crossed the road in front of me at night. My cousin lives about 100 yards or so from were i saw these, and had told me for a long time that she had seen them in her barn. I just took it as her seeing something else. I never told anybody until one afternoon, early (probably around 3 P.M.) my wife and son were with me when we rounded a curve and there was one about 18 inches to maybe 2 feet in length in the gravel road rolling in the dust! It whirled and looked at us and took off.I am glad someone else was there to witness this sighting with me. All these sightings have been in the same place.


Reporter: Mike and Louise Medford
City (of sighting): La Vergne, TN
Time of Report: 26-Sep-04

Color of cougar: gray-brown

Description of sighting:
Just before dusk on September 25, 2004 my wife and I were motorcycling south on US41 from La Vergne to Smyrna, TN. As we approached Sam Ridley Parkway, we saw a large gray-brown cat (appeared to weigh 60-70 pounds and had a long tail) lope across the road toward the Smyrna airport. Upon reaching the other side of the road, it leaped to the top of a chainlink fence and over it went. We turned to each other and said "Did you see that?!" We knew it couldn't have been a bob cat, since it had a long tail. We've since learned that there have been cougar-sightings in the Middle Tennessee area.


Reporter: Andrew Mariano
City (of sighting): Collierville, TN
Time of Report: 29-Aug-04

Color of cougar: grey dark

Description of sighting:
I run with my dog, Jake, several times a week at the Powell road park (site of the Collierville Community Center). On or around Aug 5, I was at the park with my 14 daughter and her friend in the early evening between 6:30 and 8p.m. All of us were running at different paces so we were not together. As we were leaving my daughter asked me if there were mountain lions in Collierville.

She told me she had seen an animal that was sitting near the baseball (not in use at the time). She thought that it was a small deer at first, but as she approached it, it ran off like a cat. She said it was small but bigger than a domestic cat. It has a long thick tail. She thought it was a light grey in color but is not sure because it was getting dark.

About two weeks later, on or around Aug. 19, I was back at the park, just with Jake this time. It already dark, between 8:30 and 9:00. At a location close to where my daughter had seen the animal 2 weeks previous, I saw a cat that was definitely not a house cat. [I did not know at the time that this was the same location she saw the animal. I quizzed her in more detail after I saw what might have been the same animal.] I wanted to get close to it to have a good look. Jake did not see it at first. I pointed towards the animal and told Jake to “get it”. He is not terribly well trained but he was savvy and started in that direction. I ran in a circular path towards the direction of a thicket of trees on the east side of the park trying to put the cat in between Jake and me. I figured it would go for the trees as they were the best cover. As Jake finally caught sight (or scent) of the animal, he took off at full throttle. The cat headed towards the trees in an east by north direction and beat me by a long distance. Jake followed it into the trees, but lost it. I called him back because I didn’t want him to get torn up if he was able to get near it. It was too dark for me to try to look for it in the thicket. It was dark, but I believe that the cat was a grey color. It wasn’t big, just a little larger than a house cat. Its tail was long and thick. It was thickest at the end.


Reporter: Rob Martin
City (of sighting): Halls, TN, TN
Time of Report: 09-Jul-04

Color of cougar: Tan

Description of sighting:
About a year ago, my wife was driving on Highway 88, about 3 miles west of Halls when a very large tan cat ran in front of her vehicle. She described it to me in great detail, including its size and the long tail. I am a wildlife biologist with USFWS and the only thing the decription fit was a cougar. My wife and I have lived in a lot of remote places. She is used to seeing deer, bobcats, and other wildlife and she did not imagine this!


Reporter: Michael Dyer
City (of sighting): Clarksburg, OH, TN
Time of Report: 27-Feb-04

Color of cougar: dark, dark brown, w/ reddish hue

Description of sighting:
Not in TN, but Ohio Wildlife officials treated me like a whack-o; so I'll report it here.

Approaching an overpass, I noticed, at the very last second as I passed, a large dark "dog" eating something small on the side of the road. It looked up at my car as I passed; and I thought it looked almost hyena-like, because of a very short snout. Curious, I turned around at my first opportunity. I approached slowly, as to not disturb it. When my headlights leveled at it, it looked up, and kind of raised up on it's back haunches (envision a house cat, crouched over a milk bowl, that raises up, front paws barely scraping the ground, with it's weight on its rear legs and rear end). It stared at the headlights momentarily, then leveled into an all-out sprint for appx. 150 yds. alongside the road, on the berm. I sped up to follow, DIRECTLY off of his right right side (like a wingman in a flight formation). I was doing about 25mph. At this point, I still was unclear as to what I was seeing. It then veered off the road at a driveway/field entrance, and I followed into the head of the driveway and stopped. At this angle, my headlights were directly behind it, and I got my first definitive view of what was unmistakably a BIG cat. The action of the rear legs (almost a rabbit-like cadence) and the long loping tail were the obvious indicators.

I estimate it as appx 75-100 lbs, body length of maybe 3-1/2 to 4 feet, with a tail of maybe 2-3 feet. If the animal was the tan/brown color that I normally associate with a cougar, I would have identified it at first glance. However, it was a VERY dark brown (almost black) with only the slightest "hue" of red (perhaps it was black with the red hue, making it "brown").

The short snout and perked ears, the posture when it looked up at me, the very low profile in the GRACEFUL sprint,the cadence of the run, the length of the stride, the loping tail: I know what I saw, and I saw a cougar.


Reporter: Frank Handforth
City (of sighting): Natchez Trace State Park, TN
Time of Report: 10-Feb-04

Color of cougar: Black with jaguar-like markings

Description of sighting:
Around October 15 2003, very late at night, while driving west on I-40 immediately west of highway 114 in Natchez Trace State Park. I saw a dark creature about 4 and 1/2 feet long run cross I-40. Its movement was "cat-like" and its head was very low to the ground. I did not see the long tail. As my vehicle approached closer and when the headlights of my vehicle shone on this animal at a particular angle, although the animal appeared black, it had a mottled, jaguar-like pattern to its coat. This was very evident from the side view. By the time I passed it, it was in the high weeds at the side of I-40. Afterwards I wondered whether it might have been carrying some heavy prey in its mouth and that was the reason that its head had been very low to the ground.


Reporter: HOWARD NIXON
City (of sighting): CENTERVILLE, TN
Time of Report: 19-Jan-04

Color of cougar: BROWN

Description of sighting:
I WAS DEER HUNTING ON JANUARY 9, 2004 IN WEST HICKMAN COUNTY, WHEN ABOUT 1:15 PM I SAW OUT IN A GRASS FIELD A PANTHER LOPING ALONG IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FIELD. I WATCHED HIM UNTIL HE DISAPPEARED INTO THE WOODS. HE WAS ABOUT 75 YARDS AWAY, BUT I WAS SHOCKED AT HIS SIZE. HE HAD TO BE ABOUT 5 FEET IN LENGTH WITH A 3 FOOT TAIL. LATER THE OWNER OF THE LAND FOUND A 6PT. BUCK EATEN WITHIN 40 YARDS OF MY SIGHTING. I HAD HEARD A LOUD SCREAM OPENING DAY OF BOW SEASON IN THE SAME SPOT, BUT NO SIGHTING UNTIL NOW.


Reporter: L. Galloway
City (of sighting): Dyersburg, TN
Time of Report: 12-Jan-04

Color of cougar: Black

Description of sighting:
My daughter and I saw a black cougar several years ago when we lived in Lakewood Sub.. It was early spring and late in the afternoon when we saw it jump up in a tree at the end of our driveway. We went out on the porch to get a better look and watched it until it jumped down and ran into the woods. My daughter's husband saw one a few days later late at night in front of our house after getting in his car and turning on the headlights...it was about 4ft in front of his car looking at him. This animal was very large, 100+ lb., large head, long, thick tail.


Reporter: fred gause
City (of sighting): nut bush, TN
Time of Report: 01-Sep-03

Color of cougar: dark brown like cotton tail rabbit

Description of sighting:
walked out in newly planted bean field approx. 50 ft in fron of me and stopped and looked and slowly walked across the field into the fencerow weather condition was bright sunshine


Reporter: Tony Lance
City (of sighting): Springfield, TN
Time of Report: 31-Aug-03

Color of cougar: Tan

Description of sighting:
In the Spring of 1969 I was walking with my dad and two brothers along Carr's Creek just south of Springfield in Robertson Co. in Middle Tennesee. I was about 100 yards ahead of the others and came within 50 feet of a large, tawny cat that was sunning on a rock near the stream. Its body was about three feet in length, not counting the long tail. It was clearly not a bobcat . He seemed only mildly startled when he realized I was there, and he looked at me for a brief second before jumping off the rock and running away. I remember its movement being very sinuous and smooth. When the others caught up I told them what I'd seen. For years prior to this and for a couple of years afterwards there were persistent reports of a "mystery" animal in that area. The local paper dubbed it the Carr's Creek Critter. Farmers and hunters reported hearing screams that sounded like a woman. The only farmer in the area who raised sheep (his last name was Farmer) reported several instances in which his animals were attacked and their backs scratched up. I don't recall if any were killed. The sounds and the attacks were variously blamed on feral peacocks (!), bobcats, and the coyotes that had begun to enter the area. I'd never given it much thought, but after my sighting I'm personally convinced that the 'Critter' was a lone and aging cougar who'd become isolated from others of his kind. By the mid-70s the reports of the 'Critter' ceased.


Reporter: John Hysmith
City (of sighting): Jackson, TN
Time of Report: 25-Jun-03

Color of cougar: Black

Description of sighting:
I live in the community of Springbrook in Madison County TN, and was pulling into my drive way at about 5:15 A.M. sometime in April when I saw a black panther run from infront of my house and into the woods. It was approx. 100 lbs., and had a long thick tail. About a week later I found a baseball size ball of fur among other stuff in my drive-way. At first I though it had to have been a large dog, because I didn't think there were any panthers in Tennessee. That was until I started telling some friends what I had seen, and they started telling me stories about panthers. And now after talking to them and seeing this web site, there is no doubt in my mind that it was a black panther.


Reporter: John Baldwin
City (of sighting): Pioneer, TN
Time of Report: 11-Jun-03

Color of cougar: gray/black spotted

Description of sighting:
Summer 2002 ontop of Campbell Highlands Subdivision a large cat, approx. 80lbs (twice as big as my pretty large bulldog) walked in front of my car while me and a friend surveyed our land. It seemed undesturbed by our presence and walked casually by about 40 yards in front of us. It had a long tail and looked fully mature, maybe even elderly. It was rough looking and its fur was matted in some places and sticky up like someone had brushed it the wrong way. (probably from going through thick brush & briers). It seemed to have tuft ears but not totally sure as it was about 1/2 hour before dark. Neighbors reported hearing the cat/cats "scream" on several occassions and I have found some droppings that appear to be from a large cat. (Some fur was left albeit could have been digested rabbitt or deer).


Reporter: John Smithhart
City (of sighting): Cordova, TN
Time of Report: 11-Jun-03

Color of cougar: Black

Description of sighting:
I was heading East on Macon past Germantown Parkway. I pasted the vineyard on the left while turning the curve. I looked ahead and my wife and I saw what seemed to be a large cat about 100 yards in front, close to the red light. It was so large that I dismissed it as a cat but I can't explain any other animal. It was in full stride crossing Macon. I only saw it for a second or two. If it was a Cougar, it was awesome!

Oh, as it ran, both back legs and both front legs were together. I don't think dogs run that way but I could be mistaken.


Reporter: respected biologist
City (of sighting): andalusia , AL
Time of Report: 13-Mar-03

Color of cougar: dark grey/black

Description of sighting:
a medium sized black cat ran across the road directly in front of the state van that I was driving one afternoon in the summer of 2002. Its body was about three feet long, with a long thick tail. I've heard several stories just like mine from the gulf coast area over the years and am a firm believer in this 'mystery' animal.


Reporter: Luke Reddin
City (of sighting): Mclemoresville, TN
Time of Report: 26-Feb-03

Color of cougar: black

Description of sighting:
I have encountered 3 cougars/panthers in the Mclemoresville Rd. area in the past 6 years. Two black and one tan. The first (tan) was in a ditch on the side of the road around 7PM in late spring. The cougar bolted into the road about 35 yards ahead of the vehicle. As we slowed to a near stop, it fled into nearby undergrowth. The second (black),I witnessed chasing two grown deer across a large field .It ran both deer for about a minute until it reached the other side of the field. This was around 4PM in mid summer. The last occurance was rather strange and frightening. It was in the dead of winter, around late January I beleive. I was walking down Mclemoresville Rd. as I often did, but it was much later than I usually walked. There was only a small amount of light left, twilight you could say. As I neared my residence, I heard the loudest shreiking scream I've ever heard. I've heard many screech owls and bobcats, but this was much louder, almost ear splitting. And the frightening part was that it was very close, probably 30 or 40 yards from the road. A low growl could even be heard between shreiks. I immediately thought it was a panther so I bolted in a fast sprint to my house. Knowing that it was winter and food for the animal was scarce gave me the extra incentive to run even faster. I know for a fact that these animals are in this region and hope they can gain respect by being documented in the near future as well as being accepted as a local species of cat.


Reporter: Tim Nash
City (of sighting): Overton County, TN
Time of Report: 21-Feb-03

Color of cougar: Tan

Description of sighting:
There have been numerous sightings of the cats on my dad's farm in Overton County. These are not isolated to one or two individuals. There have been several different people report sightinngs. On man watched from a tree stand as a cougar stalked and killed a young deer.


Reporter: John A. Lutz
City (of sighting): , TN
Time of Report: 29-Dec-02

Color of cougar:

Description of sighting:
Am seeking sighting reports of all big cats called cougars/mountain lions/pumas or black panthers. Had 2 sightings of black panthers in Penna & Maryland since 1975..... Would like to hear from anyone who has seen one or more of the big cats in any eastern state.... Have amassed over 6,300 sighting reports since 1965... Please respond to E-mail: epuma@beaconnet.net or call: 304-749-7778 or write: HC 30, Box 2233, Maysville, WV 26833


Reporter: MATTHEW K. ARMSTRONG
City (of sighting): VAIDEN, MS
Time of Report: 03-Nov-02

Color of cougar: BLACK

Description of sighting:
On the afternoon of Thursday October 31st, 2002 around 5:00 p.m. while bowhunting for deer I had a black cougar come within 15 yards of my stand on the edge of a creek. The animal appeared to be in my estimation 70-80 pounds with a long tail about 3/4 the length of its body.


Reporter: Jane Eason
City (of sighting): Collierville, TN
Time of Report: 30-Oct-02

Color of cougar: tan

Description of sighting:
I saw a cougar cross Sycamore Road one afternoon in the summer of 2002. And I saw one cross Winchester Road near Byhalia Rd in the early evening in 2001.

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My next-door neighbor's colt was attacked by a cougar about 8 years ago.

A Rossville policeman told me that numerous cougars have been spotted near the big red barn on Highway 57.


Reporter: Frank Handforth
City (of sighting): Holly Springs (about 7 miles north on Highway #7), MS
Time of Report: 07-Sep-02

Color of cougar: black

Description of sighting:
About 2:30 A.M. on August 26 2002, a black cougar crossed the highway immediately in front of my vehicle. It's body was about 3 and 1/2 feet long with a very long tail about 3/4 of the length of its body. This occurred about 7 miles north of Holly Springs on Highway 7. This area is the upper reaches of the Coldwater River. The cougar disappeared into the ditch at the side of the highway.


Reporter: Prefer not to say
City (of sighting): rural Crockett County, TN
Time of Report: 01-Jun-02

Color of cougar: tan

Description of sighting:
About 5 years ago, I was walking on a field road and saw a large, tan cougar about 40 yards in front of me. It was lying down and raised it's head about the same time I spotted it. It slowly rose, looked at me and ran. The head was quite large and it appeared to be well-fed as there were folds of skin and fat around the cougar's lower abdomen. There have been sightings by others in this area.


Reporter: John Freeman
City (of sighting): Martin, TN
Time of Report: 08-Mar-02

Color of cougar: black

Description of sighting:
This happened several years ago to my dad. He was out feeding one morning when he noticed something walking through the pasture. Looking across the field with a pair of binoculars, he saw that it was a very large black cat, stalking something. As he wayched, the animal stopped and just stood there staring at him. What's more, his two dogs that were in the back of the truck, who would usually jump out and chase anything, just laid down in the back of the pickup. Another man that used to live next to that same field swore up and down that he had seen panthers running up and down the ditchline all the time.


Reporter: Mrs. Blurton
City (of sighting): Lavinia, TN
Time of Report: 23-Feb-02

Color of cougar: black

Description of sighting:
Sighting took place on Fry Road. It was late at night and as I pulled into a driveway, it was standing there blocking my path. This animal did not seem worried about my vehicle. It just looked at my car for awhile and then sauntered off as if I were a nuisance. I would estimate the distance between my car and the animal to be about 15 feet. My headlights were directly on it and the animal was quite visible to me. This animal appeared to be a full grown adult.


Reporter: Joy Brewster
City (of sighting): Lavinia, TN
Time of Report: 23-Feb-02

Color of cougar: yellow

Description of sighting:
We lived in Lavinia, on Fry Road for 10 years. During this time we heard, saw, and found footprints of cougar family in this area. (verified by the game warden). My daughter has also seen a black cougar, and so have other people in the area. We have now moved out of Lavinia, and live in a residential neighborhood that is safer for our grandkids. Another witness of inumerable sitings is Mr. Travis Fry. (current resident of Lavinia) He always watched them from his deck- trailing deer- through binoculars. They are especially verbal during the spring when the hounds are out.


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