Jaguars in Georgia...


Staff member
Back during the last Ice Age. I have artifact hunting friends who find fossil jaguar teeth and bones quite often in North Florida. One found a beauty of a Smilodon skull, complete with all the teeth in the Suwanee.
There is pretty good evidence that jaguars were present through almost all of the southeast at the time when Europeans first arrived. They called them "tygers," and described them as being bigger and differently colored than the much more common panthers/cougars. John Lawson related seeing one in what is now eastern NC in about 1700. He said the Indians told him that they were fairly rare.