black panthers in west TN

black panthers in west TN

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Ripley, TN

#1 Jul 10, 2012
too many people have seen panthers with their own eyes around these parts, but officials still continue to deny they exist in west tn. I myself have heard the unforgettable scream of a cougar/panther right here in haywood county. sounds just like a woman screaming bloody murder, once heard it's something you never forget

has anyone had or know of any panther sightings?

Millington, TN

#2 Jul 10, 2012
Union University used to maintain a database of sightings.

Sioux City, IA

#3 Jul 10, 2012
If there are so many sightings, why hasn't anyone killed one after all these years? They are not here!!!


Since: May 12

Brownsville tn

#4 Jul 11, 2012
Why does it matter if they are here?

Ripley, TN

#5 Jul 11, 2012
I too have heard of these sightings. A few years ago my neighbor "swore" he saw one in my yard off of West Main. Also around that same time period my other neighbor told me of a spotting near the dumpsters off of HWY 70. I really have no idea if they exist, I would love to see some proof, like a photo or something

Somerset, KY

#6 Jul 11, 2012
I have heard the sound twice in my life.The first was when I was a teenager and we lived on Hwy.70 west.The sound was a piercing scream sounding like a woman.We turned on our back porch light to see two eyes in the field looking at us about 100 yards off.The second time was about 5 years age out on hwy.51 out by turner dairy farm while we were coon hunting.we were in the bottom a ways and on four wheelers and had stopped listening for our dog and we all heard it houses is like when you smell the scent of a snake,you know it sent chills up my spine. it had been 20 years since i had first heard it,but i knew it as soon as it was spooky anyways because it sounds like a woman in trouble
Jimmy dale

United States

#7 Jul 11, 2012
Why he'll ya there here, them damn cats killed two chickens and duck mine just last week, two of them ate my sisters mama 14 years ago, and my uncle Ted done killed four of them while he was coon hunting.
they r here

Ripley, TN

#8 Jul 11, 2012
they are here. they are very elusive creatures which is why none have been killed, and also the panther population around here is not very big so there are not many of them to see. most of the time, sightings occur when a person is not expecting it, like driving down the road, when a gun isn't readily availble. people don't go "panther hunting" so that explains why none have been killed, yet.
I know several reliable people who have seen big cats in haywood county and surrounding areas. several sightings have been in the hillville area, and i know of one that occured in a field next to shaw chapel rd, all very reliable sources. I myself have also heard a panther scream in the hillville area. it sounds like a woman or girl dying. it sends chills all the way down to the bone

United States

#9 Jul 11, 2012
Too many ppl have seen them for them not to be here!

United States

#10 Jul 11, 2012
There are no black panthers in Tennessee. That's fact.

United States

#12 Jul 11, 2012
A black panther is either a black coated leopard or a black jaguar! It just refers to the color of the coat. There is no such thing as an actual black panther. But next maybe you will tell us we have leopards or jaguars ( in the wild ) in the TN?? For Gods sake these country bastards ain't got no edumucation.

Somerset, KY

#13 Jul 12, 2012
I'm way more intelligent than your simple minded diagnosis from my earlier statement.You do realize that just a few years ago there was no skunks,armadillo's,cranes,and very few deer around.Animals do migrate,but I guess around here thats not allowed.By the way,I have never seen them,just unmistakably have heard the sound.

United States

#14 Jul 12, 2012
10 years ago if you had told wildlife experts that haywood county had alligators and armadillos, they would have laughed at you--just as some people laugh when they hear someone say they saw a big cat--but look at things now, armadillos and a very small gator population now call haywood county home. Species spread, its nothing new. East tn and arkansas both have big cats so it's really not so farfetched.
"Country people" and "ignorance" have nothing to do with it. I know what I saw, clearly and with my own eyes, not even 50 yards from my face, and it was a huge cat, and not just a big bobcat because it had a long tail, right here in haywood co, on 54 north. No one can talk me out of it because I SAW it clearly and there are plenty of others who have seen them too. Just because ppl from the country see something out of the ordinary doesn't mean it should be written off as "ignorance." Ppl know what they have seen. A decade ago I'm sure if someone had said they saw an armadillo in haywood co they would have gotten called ignorant too.
just me

Horn Lake, MS

#15 Jul 12, 2012
good post

United States

#16 Jul 13, 2012
The TWRA office at Lake Graham keeps a record of all the sightings in the region. You wouldn't believe all the sightings not only in Haywood, but every surrounding county. You can't tell me that's just a bunch of "country bastards" with a lack of "edumucation" calling in every single report.
Bull Crap

United States

#17 Jul 13, 2012
Yes animals do migrate! But you are talking about an animal that is not even populated in the US migrating to TN. Get real people!! There are no black panthers in TN.
Bull Crap

United States

#18 Jul 13, 2012
I could believe a mountain lion sighting. Maybe. But a panther? Lol.

Brownsville, TN

#19 Jul 13, 2012
I bet you country people have seen big horn sheep too.

United States

#20 Jul 13, 2012
I would tend to agree with the black coloration being bs. I think that's mostly a result of the cats being seen (if they truly are) at night. The American puma doesn't have the genetic capability to produce a hypermelanistic condition.

United States

#21 Jul 13, 2012
I once seen a black panther chasing a Sasquatch then he mated with a chupacabra. They had a demon black baby, but the loch ness monster ate it.

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