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kygobbler wrote:I know alot of you have seen these animals in your neck of the woods but for me I have never seen one in the wild. Here lately there has been alot sighting ranging from Land between the Lakes to Portland, Tn and up around Mammoth Cave Park. Now I am assuming, and we all know what that means, that Kentucky Fish and Wildlife are bringing these animals here just like they did with the deer and turkeys. I have gone to Ky F&W website but cant find anything about them. Now because they are not listed or mentioned in the hunting handbook for any type of season, are they legal to kill and are they considered exotic animals? A friend of mine and I had a little discussion about because a black panther was seen and photograghed just about 15 miles away. Im hoping maybe someone on here might know an answer.
kygobbler wrote:Hey hckyplayer8, thanks for the info. After doing a little homework I found the same info but some conflicting info. At one sight they mentioned everything you said but that they are protected under the Endandered Species Act. Then on another site I was reading it said that a tv show called KyAfield had a person from the fish and wildlife department stating that if you run across any shoot "em dead and then report so they can do a dna test. Their reasoning is like you stated that more than likely its an escaped or released pet. Knowing my luck it would be the real deal and they tell me that I have to pay some big fine. The info of the cat came from a very reliable source due to he is a preacher. He also told me that at a hunting club he is a member of someone got a pic with their trail camera but it wasn't the same one that he saw. Next time I see him I will ask again what the name of the club is because the pic is on their website. Thanks again for the info.
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