Edsel Edwards, a long-time resident of Sandy Level, has always believed there are mountain lions in this area.
In fact, Edwards recalls his late grandfather, H.H. Edwards, telling him about an encounter he had with a cougar as a teenager.Edwards said his son, Dan, who died in 1997, reported two sightings of a mountain lion between the Edwards’ house and Smith Mountain Dam.“We don’t need any of these mountain lions or cougars in this county but the picture my camera took proves without any doubt they are here,” Edwards said.
Uh. I don’t know what this is. It’s not clear enough to tell. Could be a domestic cat, could be a dog, could be a mountain lion. There’s no scale so one can’t be sure. I’d like to see tracks confirmed and, of course, a body or daytime photo.