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Are Panthers protected in GA?

Asked by Lilah Sellers

Paul Gardner

Paul Gardner
BA, Contributor

Authorities say Adams knew he was shooting at a cougar, a species for which there is no open season in Georgia. The Florida panther has been listed as an endangered species since March 11, 1967, giving it protection under the federal Endangered Species Act.

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Where are black panthers located?

Habitat: Black panthers live chiefly in the hot, dense tropical rainforests of South and Southeast Asia. They are mainly in Southwestern China, Burma, Nepal, Southern India, Indonesia, and the southern part of Malaysia. Black leopards are more common than light-colored leopards.

Where do black panthers live in America?

Due to overhunting in the United States, they have been completely extirpated from the east, with the exception of the endangered Florida panther, a subspecies occurring in southern Florida. They were officially deemed extinct in North Carolina in 2011 and are believed to have gone extinct as early as the 1930's.

Can mountain lions be black?

Many people have heard the term "black panther," but these are actually melanistic jaguars or leopards: a genetic trait that makes an individual cat's fur appear much darker than the usual coloration. To date there has never been a confirmed case of a melanistic (black) mountain lion.

Are there wolves in Georgia?

The eastern gray wolf (Canis lupis pop.), previously considered a distinct population segment, once occurred throughout most of the region between Georgia and Maine, and between the Atlantic and the Great Plains [1]. ... Today, the total Great Lakes population has increased to around 3,880 wolves [3].

Are there any big cats in Georgia?

The bobcat is Georgia's largest wild cat, although there are rare exceptions when a Florida panther might wander into the state. ... There have been plenty of other big cat sightings around Georgia, including several in Hall County in the summer of 2009, one in Henry County in 2014 and two in Lafayette in the past month.

Are there lynx in Georgia?


The bobcat (Lynx rufus) is a native mammal in Georgia and a member of the Felidae family. It may be classified as Felis rufus in some texts. Bobcats are about twice the size of the common house cat.

Does North Georgia have mountain lions?

Cougars, which are a protected species, are known to roam in the Blue Ridge Mountains in the eastern United States and in extreme northwest Georgia. Mountain lions are even rarer, and the closest population to Georgia is the Florida panther near Lake Okeechobee.

What big cats are black?

Black panther, a big cat (of any species, but most commonly a jaguar or a leopard) whose coloration is entirely black. This may have originated from the Latin name Panthera for the big cats and was probably shortened from Black Panthera to Black Panther.

What big cats are in Ohio?

Six species of wild cats (bobcat, cougar, Canada lynx, ocelot, jaguarundi and jaguar) are native to North America. In Ohio, we have just one—the medium-sized bobcat, best known for its short tail. Bobcats were driven out of Ohio by a combination of over-hunting, habitat loss, and a decline in their prey.

What do Florida Panthers look like?

Florida panthers are a subspecies of the mountain lion. They are large, tan cats—their bodies are mainly covered in tawny-beige fur, except for the whitish-gray belly and chest. Black markings decorate the tip of the tail, ears, and around the snout.

Are there bears in Georgia?

In Georgia, black bears are found across the state. An adult male can weigh up to 500 pounds, but they're not as aggressive as other bear varieties. There are few recorded fatal black bear attacks in the Southeast.

What sound does a mountain lion make?

Mountain lions make little noise in the woods. When they do, they often sound like a person whistling or a bird chirping. When they growl, they sound like an overgrown house cat. Kittens have a raspy, loud purr.

Does Atlanta have mountain lions?

Georgia DNR reports that in the last 25 years, there have been only three credible mountain lion sightings in the state. The most recent was in 2008 when a hunter shot and killed a mountain lion while deer hunting near LaGrange, Georgia, about one hour southwest of Atlanta.

Are there coyotes in Georgia?

Though they've been present in Georgia for decades, Hibbs said coyotes are classified as an invasive species in the state. They're native to the West, but over time have migrated east.

Are there Cheetahs in Georgia?

The following species are locally extinct in the country: Cheetah, Acinonyx jubatus. Moose, Alces alces. Wild horse, Equus ferus.

Are there black coyotes in Georgia?

An especially rare, and friendly, black coyote had been mingling among dogs and humans in Georgia for months. Researchers at the Atlanta Coyote Project had set out on a quest to find and trap him. ... Carmine the coyote is now living in a wildlife sanctuary and researchers are trying to determine why he is so friendly.

What kind of bears live in Georgia?

The black bear is a symbol of Georgia's natural diversity, the only bear found in the state and a conservation success story.

What species of coyotes live in Georgia?

With the extirpation of the red wolf in the last century across Georgia, the coyote (Canis latrans) has been able to fill a once occupied void and now can be found statewide. unsynchronized breeding cycles of the two species.

What species is a black panther?

The term black panther is most frequently applied to black-coated leopards (Panthera pardus) of Africa and Asia and jaguars (P. onca) of Central and South America; black-furred variants of these species are also called black leopards and black jaguars, respectively.

Can you own a Black Panther?

Alabama, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Nevada have NO laws, allowing citizens to own whatever they want and however, they want. Other states require simple permitting of the exotic animal, while 21 states completely ban dangerous exotic animal ownership (big cats, bears, wolves, primates, and some reptiles).

Are all Pumas Black?

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Does georgia have black panthers?

A: If someone tells you they've seen a black panther in Georgia, make sure they're not suffering from cat scratch fever. Panthers, which can also be called cougars or pumas, aren't black, experts say. Leopards (which live in Asia and Africa) and jaguars (native to Central and South America) have that gene.

Do Florida panthers live in Georgia?

The closest population of mountain lions to Georgia is the Florida panther with a population located southwest of Lake Okeechobee in South Florida.

What kind of wild cats are in North Georgia?

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