Eastern Cougar-The eastern cougar was known locally as the "painter or black panther" and struck fear in the early settlers of the Warrior Mountains of north Alabama. In the book Warrior Mountains Folklore, older people remember their grandparents talking about panthers. It is estimated that some 30 wild eastern panthers still roam the swamps of Florida and rank as the most endangered animal in the Southeastern United States.
Carolina Parakeet-The Carolina Parakeet was probably the most colorful and beautiful bird to inhibit our Warrior Mountains. In early 1819, Anne Royalle describes flocks of the birds in Lawrence County with their beautiful green and yellow plumage. The fatal flaw of the Carolina Parakeet was their love for ripening fruit and corn. When one bird was wounded, the others would hover to help. This endeavor caused the whole flock to become easy prey. Eventually, the Carolina Parakeet was totally wiped out, never to be seen again in the Warrior Mountains. The Carolina Parakeet is now extinct.