In 2018, according to online research the Times-Voice conducted, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources asked people to be vigilant in looking for credible evidence concerning mountain lions, “or other large felines.” Why? Well, because it was thought, not too long ago, the “Kentucky” mountain lion was extinct.
In the words of sports icon and broadcaster, Lee Corso of ESPN, “Not so fast my friend!” A local resident, who would like to remain nameless for fear he or she may be perceived a bit “loopy,” has contacted the newspaper and said he or she has seen a mountain lion in Jackson, Kentucky. “Man, was it a whopper,” the person told us.
Interestingly, back in 2010, folks in Hancock County were claiming to have seen a cougar in the woods according to a story which appeared in both the Kentucky New Era (Hopkinsville, KY) and The Messenger-Inquirer (Owensboro) written by Keith Lawrence. The fish and wildlife representatives responded the Hancock 2010-siting was “highly unlikely.”
Well, this siting, according to the witness interviewed for this piece, is exceedingly likely. Matter of fact, our witness is both adamant and quite resolute about it.
Our witness told the Times-Voice, “It was just after dusk when I noticed the creature, which looked immediately like a cougar or mountain lion to me, crossing the road as I came upon it driving my car. It was moving slowly at first and was as long as the road was wide from its head to tail.”
Our witness continued by telling us, “The creature seemed startled by my head lights and moved away from the road so quickly it didn’t seem real. I stopped my car and backed up but it had vanished.”
We asked for this person to describe its gait. He told the Times-Voice, “It bounded and pounced about like something from an old, stop-motion, horror movie.
When we inquired as to its color, he or she told us, “It appeared dark gray in color. I will never forget how muscular it looked and how quickly it moved. Its shoulder blades stuck up well over its back.”
We asked this person to describe their fear and what, if he or she could tell us, was the most terrifying part of the siting. “Just the sight alone scared me. What was scarier than its appearance was its speed and quickness.”
Dave Baker, a spokesman for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, in response to the Hancock County alleged siting in 2010, said "Except for pets or zoos, Kentucky hasn't played host to these big cats for well over a century.” Mr. Baker went on to expound, “We get these reports from all over the state. Last week, I had someone email me a trail-cam photo of a 'mountain lion' that was obviously a house cat. Most times, if there's something to it, it's a bobcat."
As recently as 2018, the website, CougarFund.org claimed, "Cougars are officially classified as extinct in the state of Kentucky. Each year, there are numerous sightings with no known confirmations.”
Jackson is not alone regarding cougar sightings. People in Daviess county have been reporting sightings of panthers for over 50-years.