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originally posted by: burdman30ott6
They are like a giant housecat in many ways, unpredictable, will attack and kill for fun, and most of the time you'll never see them until they drop out of a tree 10 feet away from you. I'll happily deal with a half dozen brown bears on a river lined with salmon than have to walk through a forest with a cat.
That's not true.
people would just think they were crazy old timers. LOL!
The following are designated as game animals in Alabama: bear, beaver, coyote, deer, fox, opossum, wild rabbit, raccoon, squirrel, nutria, mountain lion (cougar), groundhog, bobcat, feral swine (wild hog). *SEE PROTECTED SPECIES on page 10.
All birds except English sparrows, crows, starlings and blackbirds are protected by state law. Game birds and game animals may only be taken during open season for hunting. There is no open season in Alabama for BEAR, MOUNTAIN LION (COUGAR) AND RUFFED GROUSE. Other wildlife species are protected by the nongame species regulation.
STATUS: Extirpated. Probably was statewide in distribution in all habitats, especially remote upland woodlands, rough terrain, and bottomland swamps. Although sightings are still commonly reported in Alabama, these are likely misidentifications of domestic dogs and cats, coyotes, and bobcats. Some puma sightings have been traced back to escapees from captivity. The only known self-sustaining wild population closest geographically to Alabama is the Florida panther (P.c. coryi), which is listed as endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
2nd: I have personally seen trail cam pictures from two separate properties in northeast Louisiana which show Cougars.
If it is a known fact they are in Texas and Florida, why would you doubt they exist in between the two?