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Questions To Ask

Macon, GA

#41 Aug 18, 2012
Charlie Sylvester Hollon wrote:
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What would be bad, if one morning, you were half asleep, walking out to take the garbage out, when you walked upon a black bear eating out of the garbage. Then after scaring the bear, what would happen then? Would the bear just take off running, or would it turn on you? This is the questions we have to ask.
I think the same way.The bears are going to cause problems because they're increasing.It's poor management by the wildlife people.All these animals are interesting and I love animals about as much as anyone else but they are wild and they will kill people if they can't find enough food.

Since: Dec 11

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#42 Aug 18, 2012
Questions To Ask wrote:
<quoted text>I think the same way.The bears are going to cause problems because they're increasing.It's poor management by the wildlife people.All these animals are interesting and I love animals about as much as anyone else but they are wild and they will kill people if they can't find enough food.
If a bear gets really hungry, he's no different then a dog, he'll fight over the food. Hunger has a way of making animals not afraid of humans. I'm looking for the hunger problem get really bad later on, especially, when food gets real difficult to find. Bears, coyotes, and many other animals will fight for territory, marking their territories. When animals, especially bears and wolves mark their territory, they mean business. They don't care if it's human or animal, they'll defend their territory.
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Prestonsburg, KY

#43 Aug 18, 2012
ManHunter wrote:
The animal you speak of could be a melanism black leopard, and or Black Panther. I have to agree with Weta on this, these cats haven’t been seen in a long time. That doesn’t mean they haven’t been inserted back into the wild.
I know there are panthers in KY and in Wolfe county close to the breathily line because my grandpa killed a black panther I saw it with my own eyes and this was a few years ago. It was not a big housecoat of any means.
picture

Covington, KY

#44 Aug 18, 2012
Someone needs to take a picture and post it--then we can decide what it is---all these sightings take a pic with your phone--everyone has their phone all the time.

Since: Dec 11

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#45 Aug 18, 2012
picture wrote:
Someone needs to take a picture and post it--then we can decide what it is---all these sightings take a pic with your phone--everyone has their phone all the time.
That is a good idea, take pictures. The old saying, "A picture is worth a thousand words.", well, that applies here. If someone did take a picture, especially if someone hit one with their vehicle, that would solve a lot of problems, if they're here or not.

Since: Sep 10

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#46 Aug 18, 2012
Kinda hard to take a pic of something thats not there
Panbowl

Georgetown, KY

#47 Aug 18, 2012
Charlie Sylvester Hollon wrote:
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That is a good idea, take pictures. The old saying, "A picture is worth a thousand words.", well, that applies here. If someone did take a picture, especially if someone hit one with their vehicle, that would solve a lot of problems, if they're here or not.
Phone cameras are useless sometimes. I saw a deer swimming across Panbowl Lake the other day from my upstairs window but the picture just showed a dot that could have been anything. lol I'd have given anything to have gotten a good picture.
Questions To Ask

Macon, GA

#48 Aug 18, 2012
I am not no expert on the black panther but people claim to have seen large black cats.There have been sightings reported around the outskirts of Lexington about 2 1/2 years ago.In October 2007 a friend said a big black cat that he said was a panther was killed not far past the last Clay City exit going toward Lexington on the Mountain Parkway and Fish and Wildlife people were there apparently investigating.
jim

United States

#49 Aug 18, 2012
I saw a wolf back about two month ago. It was two different colors of grey, had a lot of hair. I was going up to my brother's house and it was in front of his porch. I was in my truck and it seen me and ran into the mountains.
citizen

Covington, KY

#50 Aug 19, 2012
Sometimes the way the light hits things it makes it look a lot bigger or smaller than it really is--maybe what you saw was just an ordinary black cat but the way the light hit it made it look bigger.
agree

Covington, KY

#51 Aug 22, 2012
Any more sightings--this is really interesting. Wouldn't it be the talk if someone actually could prove it was a panther.
think

Fairfield, OH

#52 Sep 3, 2012
Any more big cat or bear sightings in Breathitt County? That cat you all saw could have been someone's pet that escaped and they are afraid to let it be known because it is not legal to have wild animals as pets anymore. Years ago you could have any kind of animal but now animal control won't allow it. They say it creates a danger to the public.

Since: Dec 11

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#53 Sep 4, 2012
think wrote:
Any more big cat or bear sightings in Breathitt County? That cat you all saw could have been someone's pet that escaped and they are afraid to let it be known because it is not legal to have wild animals as pets anymore. Years ago you could have any kind of animal but now animal control won't allow it. They say it creates a danger to the public.
Actually, it does create a danger to the public, and to the owners also. No matter how tame a wild animal gets, there's always that percentage of the animal turning on its owner. The wild instinct never leaves the animal, and the taste of blood could turn the animal in attacking its owner. Raising a groundhog from a baby is different then raising a 700 pound plus tiger or lion. There are people who raise tigers and lions, and they'll tell you that they can't completely trust the animal. Once a large cat or bear turns on them, the chances of them surviving the attack is slim.
How can u talk

Irvine, KY

#54 Sep 4, 2012
Weta wrote:
There have been sightings of big cats in Kentucky for as long as there have been people here. But big cats where hunted to extinction in the east over 200 years ago. And there are no big cats east of the Mississippi. there are a ton of facts that support this no trail cam cams have ever taken a photo of one. no one has ever killed one and brought the body in to show that there are big cats here. And last there has never been a body or bones ever found to show that they are here. now in 200 years one of those should have happened. Now we can get to the black part in north America there are no big cats that Carrie the gene to make a black cat mountain loin just do not have the ability to have black offspring. in south America the jaguar is the only cat that can have a black offspring but they are a very lite black and you can still see the black spots on there coat to see that they are in fact jaguar. I don't know what you have seen but i can say that it was not a big cat as they are just not here
I know for a fact that there are cougars in Breathitt co. My grandfather and uncle killed one up Southfork. It was years and years ago but they even put it in the Jackson Newspaper, my mother still has the clipping. It wasnt black but to say there is no big cats here is just wrong!
primate

Macon, GA

#55 Sep 4, 2012
How can u talk wrote:
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I know for a fact that there are cougars in Breathitt co. My grandfather and uncle killed one up Southfork. It was years and years ago but they even put it in the Jackson Newspaper, my mother still has the clipping. It wasnt black but to say there is no big cats here is just wrong!
Cougar coloring is plain, but can vary greatly between individuals and even between siblings. The coat is typically tawny, but ranges to silvery-grey or reddish, with lighter patches on the under body including the jaws, chin, and throat. Infants are spotted and born with blue eyes and rings on their tails; juveniles are pale, and dark spots remain on their flanks. Despite anecdotes to the contrary, all-black coloring [melanism] has never been documented in cougars. The term "black panther” is used colloquially to refer to melanistic individuals of other species, particularly jaguars and leopards.
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Fairfield, OH

#56 Sep 5, 2012
think wrote:
Any more big cat or bear sightings in Breathitt County? That cat you all saw could have been someone's pet that escaped and they are afraid to let it be known because it is not legal to have wild animals as pets anymore. Years ago you could have any kind of animal but now animal control won't allow it. They say it creates a danger to the public.
Could very well have belonged to someone--I knew a fellow once that had a chimp--bought it in Florida I think. Sometimes that chimp would be very calm and other times it would eat you up if you got close to it.
It is a mystery

Jackson, KY

#57 Sep 5, 2012
think wrote:
Any more big cat or bear sightings in Breathitt County? That cat you all saw could have been someone's pet that escaped and they are afraid to let it be known because it is not legal to have wild animals as pets anymore. Years ago you could have any kind of animal but now animal control won't allow it. They say it creates a danger to the public.
We just don't know.If there is mountain lions in the area and they make it home here then we have more problems to deal with.Because Fish and Game won't allow them to be removed at least I don't think they will.It's like the pythons in the Everglades they don't seemed too concerned about stopping them.There have been reported sightings of mountain lions in Ky for the last 2 years.The reported sightings around Ashland in June as reported by WKYT(Folks On Alert After Two Mountain Lion Sightings,June 30,2012) wasn't denied by KY Fish and Game.WSAZ in West Virginia claims it was bobcats.So I wonder if people think they see a mountain lion.But I remember bear sightings have been dismissed as big dogs.We don't know until maybe one shows up close to home.
NeedEvidence

Jackson, KY

#58 Sep 5, 2012
Anybody heard of a cougar cub being struck and killed by a truck in Floyd County at a place called Hippo Hill in 1997? It was supposed to be a mix of South and North American cougar.Also there have been quite a few cougar sightings in the area where KY,Ohio and W.VA meet.
rue

Prestonsburg, KY

#59 Sep 5, 2012
Their No question in my mind a friend and I saw a black panther one evening going around the side of the hill. It was in the fall no leaves on the tree so we got a good look it Was moving real slow
seen it too

Irvine, KY

#60 Sep 5, 2012
Today I seen too. It stood about six foot three, size 12 shoes, and was chasing a basket ball.

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