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Long tailed wildcats appear to migrate en masse

Long tailed wildcats appear to migrate en masse

 

A neighbor, whose family have lived in the Nacoochee Valley since the late 1800s, was getting tires on his truck at the same time as I was getting two tires on my old Explorer.  I had noticed threads appearing where there used to be treads.  LOL   I asked him about the long tailed, spotted wildcat I saw earlier in the week.   He said, “yes” he had been seeing them for at least 40 years.   He said that two were hit by cars in northwestern South Carolina, yet the rangers there, like in other states, deny that they are a species of medium sized wild felines that the biologists missed.  He told me something interesting.  These wild cats seem to migrate across the Southeast in waves.  They don’t stay in one region for very long.  I told him that I had never heard of a wild feline that migrated in herds, but it made sense.   The species is never in any one spot long enough for bureaucrats to admit their existence.  Far out!

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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history. Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.

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  1. DPAINTER1941@GMAIL.COM'

    Richard

    My new book was just published and I would love to send you an autographed copy. Can you please email me a mailing address?

    I finally finished a book that I felt led to write that addresses a number of our present social issues and how our decisions should be made in consideration of how would the Lord want me to do this. I was inspired as a young Christian by the book “In His Steps” by Shelton. Having read his book I was inspired to use the principles it taught applying to live my life for Christ.

    This book looks at a family of five and the challenges and choices they make in a day of their lives. Please enjoy the below PSA on the book. Order as many copies as you can, they would make a good Christmas gift. All proceeds are donated to the mission work of Mission Harvest America.

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    • Thank you! I will contact you via private email. This venue is open to public view. Yes, your book would make an excellent Christmas gift.

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  2. nomad1392@hotmail.com'

    My dogs and I were walking along a ditch bank in South east Missouri when they flushed this big cat out of the heavy undergrowth on to the open levy. He came out about 30 feet behind me, I got a good look at him and he looked nothing like a cougar, we do have mountain lion here now. He looked young his face was small with dark coloring and his body was covered with rosettes , he had to be almost 2 feet tall at the shoulders with a very long tail . He was also golden in color were cougars are more tan in color. I got to watch him run across the levy in the open for more than half a mile heading for a stand of trees. I must say he looked like the cat in your picture.

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  3. kkakins@gmail.com'

    My daughter-in-law has a Savannah cat that looks so much like the cat in your picture. 🙂

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