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Has anyone in middle Tennessee seen or heard of cougars or other big cats around??
I live in middle Tennessee, about 12 miles out in the country. We have lots of wildlife out here, the usual animals such as rabbits, turkeys, etc. We also have a pack of coyotes, idk how many for sure but I have seen at least 3-4 at night. I have been told by neighbors that there are also cougar(s) out here. A neighbor around the corner showed me a pic on their phone of a track by their creek. However, ask Wildlife management and they swear there are none.
I have a coming 3 yo colt. We often walk around the roads out here, and he has been well behaved if a bit 'prancey'. Nothing I would not expect from a young colt. Recently, he has been acting weird. He does not want to leave the yard and go on the road. He will shake and tremble, and stare across the road into the woods in the distance. He is looking toward the same area my neighbor took the pic of the track. He has seen coyotes before and still walked fine on the road, so I am inclined to think it is something different. I have also heard a noise that I cannot identify....sounds almost like 'help' but is clearly an animal call. If I can get it recorded when I hear it again I will upload it.
Sorry for the long post, but I need to figure out what I am dealing with, and how to handle it best. If anyone has any input or any ??s I can clarify, I would appreciate the help.
I'm out in northwest tn, outside of Paris. We don't have any wild cats at all out here, according to TWRA... But my uncle in big sandy has a bobcat living near them.
I'm lucky enough to live near trigger happy rednecks with a huge cattle ranch. We have coyote issues for a month or so every few years when logging gets bad and moves them in, but the incredibly friendly but quite dense neighbors usually wipe them out pretty fast. Actually our last pack came at the end of last year and had about 13-16 coyotes in it. Came in around November and were gone by December. I got one when we went out to hunt and I saw some chasing my boys, gave the neighbors a call, and my hunting was screwed for the week but you just really don't mess with my ponies..
Never messed with any cats, though, but you're probably in foothills and I wouldn't put it past something to wander down your way. Everything is desperate this year, so be careful... Even the coyotes are attacking horses and stuff they normally don't mess with out here, and hunting in huge packs. Keep your dogs and such locked up and an eye on your horses for sure. And turn the track in to TWRA, see what they think of it.