Cougar Action Team confirms more sightings in Tennessee

Cougar
(Courtesy: Austin Burton)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Tennessee’s Cougar Action Team (CAT) recently confirmed more sightings in the state.

Here is a list of the confirmed sightings:

  • Sept. 20, 2015 – Obion County – Trail photo submitted by landowner
  • Sept. 26, 2015 – Carroll County – Hair sample was submitted by a hunter; DNA analysis indicated a female with genetics similar to cougars in South Dakota
  • Nov. 11, 2015 – Humphreys County – Trail photo submitted by landowner
  • Nov. 24, 2015 – Humphreys County – Trail camera photos and videos submitted by landowner
  • Dec. 11, 2015 – Humphreys County – Trail photo submitted by landowner
  • Dec. 18, 2015 – Humphreys County – Trail photo submitted by landowner

Click here to view the sightings on a map.

The Nov. 24 sighting happened on Austin Burton’s family farm. He previously told News 2 he was speechless as he watched his trail footage.

The cougar is seen sniffing the air and ground just 45 minutes after he sprayed natural deer scent.

Officials want to remind residents this does not mean there are additional cougars in the area. It’s just confirmation that a cougar was in fact seen. It could be the same cougar from last fall.

MORE: Cougars in Tennessee

Cougars are a protected species which cannot be hunted or killed until hunting or trapping season is established by the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission, the governing body of the TWRA.

Officials also told News 2 the term “cougar” refers to the same animal as a panther, mountain lion, and puma.

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