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"COUGAR COUNTRY" by KAREN WILES
Few large animals have generated more lore throughout North Carolina than
the cougar. Cougars, also known as mountain lions, were once common here
and they have left a legacy of place names throughout the state indeed,
the entire Southeast. Many ridges, creeks, swamps and mountains were long
ago named for panthers or the colloquial term painters, both common
names in this part of the country for the cougar.
All cougars are members of the small cat family and are among the largest
predatory animals of North America. Among New World cats, the various subspecies of cougars are second in size only to the jaguar of South America.
The question still remains in the Smokey Mountain National Park and surrounding areas as to whether or not this gorgeous cat still remains or is gone forever...Let us all hope he still remains...
This majestic and beautiful "Cougar Country" was photographed in the animal preservation area of Grandfather Mountain, as part of the educational program to teach the public about extinct animals.
October 9th, 2013
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