Posted by: Loren Coleman on October 23rd, 2007
Adult female lion at Big Cat Rescue in Florida.
I have just been contacted by an eyewitness, DJCB, regarding a new mystery cat sighting.
On Friday, October 19, 2007, the witness saw a “female lion” on the shoulder of the northbound side of I-65 approximately .5 miles north of exit 98 (10 miles north of Nashville, Tennessee). As DJCB drove south, the large cat stood watching cars zoom by on the highway.
The eyewitness described what happened next:
I debated on whether or not to call local authorities. Three hours later, I called the TN Wildlife office. As expected, the officer handling my call spoke to me like I was the village idiot. I have zero doubt that the animal was a lion.DJCB
Anyone else hear of any new mystery cat activity from Tennessee?
If you will recall, eleven months ago, back on November 19, 2006, I wrote about the sightings and then videotape of a large short-tailed cat seen in Nashville, Tennessee. Speculations covered caracal, lynx, and bobcat.
The two images below are from the video taken of the Tennessee Mystery Cat[link may be dead now]:
For comparative purposes, below is a photograph of a caracal, which could appear to be a mountain lion or female African lion from a distance (if the tail is not seen).
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.