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Is a lion prowling the Piedmont?

Black bears have been turning up in Charlotte and Gastonia with higher frequency than usual this spring and summer.

But we’ve got nothing on Kernersville, NC, about 90 miles down the road. Check this out. In December, a doctor who lives there photographed and filmed a big cat crossing the frozen pond in her back yard.

Terry Webb, the curator of mammals at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro, is convinced that based on the shape and color of the animal, it’s not a house cat, but is more likely an African lion released by a pet owner.

Chris Kreh, the district biologist for the State Wildlife Authority, says he thinks the animal is a regular house cat.

Here are some more pictures. In one of these, the cat is a dead ringer for an African lion. In others, it looks more like some kind of cheetah to me. I don’t know what it is, but as an owner of a house cat I’d say its not a house cat.

What does it look like to you? Lion or house cat?

4 Responses to “Is a lion prowling the Piedmont?”

  • Aug
    26
    2011

    Lions, tigers, bears (and cheetahs?) oh my….its the cougars I have to watch out for…….

  • Aug
    26
    2011

    It’s too far away to be sure but at some angles it appears to be the extinct Carolina Cougar.

  • Aug
    26
    2011

    Seriously, I agree. Maybe a Florida Cougar, or what some call a mountain lion…..

  • Aug
    26
    2011

    The former proprietor would have included a picture of a Top Cat for… erm… reference.

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