This isn’t my picture but it’s exactly what I saw near the hermitage the other day, an Appalachian bobcat, except that what I saw seemed to be much bigger with much darker spots. Also, the back feet seemed to be ever so much bigger and the hips much higher than the shoulders. Everything seems to be bigger and more spectacular in this most remote of places in North America in WNC. I thought I was looking at a cross between a Siberian Tiger and some sort of sasquatch on all fours. I mean, the back feet were really huge, something more like the Canadian lynx:
Anyway, that’s now multiple times I’ve seen a lynx, besides panthers and bears and coyotes and red wolves and a grey wolf and have seen tracks for a massive mountain lion. Some think that panthers and lions (so very much bigger and different in so many ways) are the same as a lynx and bobcat, but not:
The above might be a melanistic jaguar, but what I saw two separate times was taller, much more lanky with a longer neck, definitely a panther, which has a narrower paw print than a mountain lion, which is a heavier, stockier animal.
Anyway, I am reminded of the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the last One standing after the deadly battle with the evil one. The Lion of the Tribe of Judah is always with us, watching over us, fighting for us: