House detail, Ushgili, December 2003
The flag of Svaneti features a lion. There was a Georgian nature magazine with a photograph of a leopard on its cover in about 2004, from the Georgian-Azeri border. Hyaenas have been reported - but not proved - in the Khevsureti region of Georgia south of Chechnya. Of wolves and bears we need not speak - they are definitely still around.