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Here’s the First Officially Confirmed Mountain Lion in Tennessee

Trail cam footage proves there was a mountain lion spotted in Tennessee, the first confirmed in the state.

Tennessee’s first confirmed mountain lion sighting in modern history has residents excited after the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) stated as much. Biologists analyzed a trail camera image taken in Obion County on Sept. 20, which was provided by a wildlife and fisheries biology major at UT Martin.

The Agency has dealt with claims of mountain lions for years, but has never been so confident that this one is legitimately roaming within the Tennessee state borders.

Though they can’t prove it’s wild and not an escaped individual who was formerly in captivity, biologists did go on record saying there is no “established” population of mountain lions in Tennessee.

The TWRA also pointed out that any mountain lions that expand their home range into Tennessee will be protected, with no open hunting season. It is illegal to kill a mountain lion in the state, as of now.

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Here’s the First Officially Confirmed Mountain Lion in Tennessee