Smoky Mountain Light

Your connection to the scenic and wildlife wonders of the Great Smoky Mountains

Mountain Lions in the Smokies

This small part of Smoky Mountain Light is dedicated to the effort to confirm effort to record the continuing existence of mountain lions in Western North Carolina in general. I am particularly interested in the possibility of cougars being located within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park boundary. While I believe that many of the reports of lions in western North Carolina can be shown to be something else I also believe that there continues to be a remnant population in the area.

Witness credibility is a key component of the effort to locate panthers in the Smokies. I’ve talked with 2 different GSMNP employees, one attached to wildlife biology, who’ve seen lions themselves in or near the park. A member of my family has also seen one of the cats in the eastern part of the national park. I welcome your reports and would love to see photographic evidence you may have collected. Please know that any report you send will be handled with discretion.


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