I haven’t seen a cougar or a black bear here in the Southern Ozarks in years, however, they seem to be everywhere now..also, a young grey wolf was killed in the county north of us when the hunter mistook it for a coyote. The tests on the animal indicated it came down from Minnesota, that’s a long way to travel buddy.
WE are blessed in this area with all sorts of critters, so I try to keep my eye out for new things.
I will tell you that the first time I saw an armadillo up here, mid-80s, it made me jump. I had seen them often in Texas; they seem to like sleeping in the middle of the road..much like our possums.