chris

Paris, TN

#162 Nov 27, 2012
here kitty kitty wrote:
I've been reading online about several mountain lions being seen in Kentucky (as well as in all surrounding states). It is the typical tan colored mountain lion as well as a black panther (which "they" say does not exist even though hundreds have been seen) that has been spotted. The "officials" are responding that no one has seen such, that they are mistaking the big cats for a house cat, a black lab, a coyote or something else. The ones that they don't deny that someone has seen they say "must be" a big cat that someone raised as a pet and either it escaped or they set it loose. I don't think there have ever been that many pet mountain lions kept in this part of the country! lol From what I have read, a lot of people who have seen them hesitate to report it because they don't want to be called a liar, stupid, crazy, etc.
Have any of you seen one of these big cats or have you heard of anyone seeing one in Graves County or a nearby county??? Have you been told stories about them from your older relatives??? I know they have been spotted in LBL but I am wondering about here in Graves County.
I'd love to see one but I don't suppose it will be so neat if one chows down on my dog...or me! Beautiful animals but definitely not a joke.
I have also heard that black bears are moving in. I was told that one has already been spotted in the county. I recall when coyotes didn't live here and I sure don't recall white-tail deer being so common when I was a kid.
(*Note: I am talking about four legged cougars, not two legged which are already so common here! lol)
i have seen one on two occasions
chris

Paris, TN

#163 Nov 27, 2012
i seen a big black panther on my way to work on two different mornings.both sightings were in a mile of each other.i live in murray ky,but the sightings were in henry co tn,in puryear on shady grove rd.i would love to share my story with you.or someone that can verify what animal i seen.it was not a house cat or coyote.much much larger than a german shephard!beautiful,but scary!you can email me at ryanjlove30@yahoo.com
harold

Wingo, KY

#164 Nov 27, 2012
The Doc wrote:
Panther Farms, Calloway County!!!!!!!!!
No doubt!!!!

http://www.pantherplacements.com/index.php
Buckeye

Galloway, OH

#165 Jan 10, 2013
They are def here in ky, me & my father saw one run across interstate 64 about 20 miles west of Lexington three years ago. We live in eastern ky in the middle of the sticks & know the difference between a bobcat & or a coyote, we know what we saw!! Yes it could of been a released pet, but im 999% sure it wasnt. My dad put in a call to the ky DNR, of course they didnt know anything & hadnt heard anything like this before?? Rite!!! Next they'll be telling us that there arnt elk here that they brought here from out west...
ken stanaford

Seymour, TN

#166 Jan 11, 2013
I had two sightings in the past couple years , and being an avid outdoorsman, it started me into a hardcore investigation, hardcore for me that is. I've studied many of the reported sightings, and spoken to others who have seen the animals. I have my personal opinion, and I share the views of many wildlife experts concerning the cats and their origins. Unfortunately, most people will not report the animals for fear of ridicule, and some people believe their better off dead, so the big cat issue is at a stand still for the most part. Sadly a cat was seen in the general location of one of my sightings again this deer season, I wonder if he's still alive. I also heard a little story or gossip, of a supposed shooting that makes me wonder about their survival around here at all. I wish we had enough absolute proof to force their protection until we could learn more about them. That's a wish I'm doubting. I'm tired of proclaiming their existence only to be met with arguments from people who have little to know knowledge of the subject. You can't win over a person who's mind will not be swayed by evidence or even proof, unless their mind will at least open enough to hear or see it. So I know what I know, good luck and good hunting to the believers. thanks for listening to all.
here kitty kitty

United States

#167 Jan 11, 2013
ken stanaford wrote:
I had two sightings in the past couple years , and being an avid outdoorsman, it started me into a hardcore investigation, hardcore for me that is. I've studied many of the reported sightings, and spoken to others who have seen the animals. I have my personal opinion, and I share the views of many wildlife experts concerning the cats and their origins. Unfortunately, most people will not report the animals for fear of ridicule, and some people believe their better off dead, so the big cat issue is at a stand still for the most part. Sadly a cat was seen in the general location of one of my sightings again this deer season, I wonder if he's still alive. I also heard a little story or gossip, of a supposed shooting that makes me wonder about their survival around here at all. I wish we had enough absolute proof to force their protection until we could learn more about them. That's a wish I'm doubting. I'm tired of proclaiming their existence only to be met with arguments from people who have little to know knowledge of the subject. You can't win over a person who's mind will not be swayed by evidence or even proof, unless their mind will at least open enough to hear or see it. So I know what I know, good luck and good hunting to the believers. thanks for listening to all.
Thanks for the information. I am yet to see one but I have no doubt they are out there. One day they will be as common as coyotes, which were not here either less than 40 years ago.(I wrote the title of this thread as I did so that anyone else who is also searching for information would have a good chance of finding it.)
here kitty kitty

United States

#168 Jan 11, 2013
Thank you all very much for your comments. I hope one of these days I can report seeing one myself!

Since: Oct 09

United States

#169 Jan 11, 2013
ken stanaford wrote:
I had two sightings in the past couple years , and being an avid outdoorsman, it started me into a hardcore investigation, hardcore for me that is. I've studied many of the reported sightings, and spoken to others who have seen the animals. I have my personal opinion, and I share the views of many wildlife experts concerning the cats and their origins. Unfortunately, most people will not report the animals for fear of ridicule, and some people believe their better off dead, so the big cat issue is at a stand still for the most part. Sadly a cat was seen in the general location of one of my sightings again this deer season, I wonder if he's still alive. I also heard a little story or gossip, of a supposed shooting that makes me wonder about their survival around here at all. I wish we had enough absolute proof to force their protection until we could learn more about them. That's a wish I'm doubting. I'm tired of proclaiming their existence only to be met with arguments from people who have little to know knowledge of the subject. You can't win over a person who's mind will not be swayed by evidence or even proof, unless their mind will at least open enough to hear or see it. So I know what I know, good luck and good hunting to the believers. thanks for listening to all.
Same here Ken,

I know what I saw !! Down here in Overton County, Tn. I too did a lot of research , I took the time to search other Topix sites for other towns in Ky & Tn and it's amazing all the other reported sightings !
outinthawoods

Mayfield, KY

#170 Jan 12, 2013
wow this post is still going i wrote back in 2011 about coyotes breeding with wild dogs man told me they were called coydogs well a wild dog and coyote pup are not all like these pretty coypups you have i have seen some that have black stringy notted hair going from there back to the ground i have seen some that are white black in fur and the main point is they arent shy timid and scared of you coyotes eat small game cats beagles and woodpeckers but a pack of them has taked down cows hungry drives eating so hope they dont run out of food please feel free to comment ill probably reply next year
twinkie

Villa Park, IL

#171 Jan 12, 2013
outinthawoods wrote:
i have seen some that have black stringy notted hair going from there back to the ground
That's probably a coydoodle, kinda like the Obamas have got. LOL
JJA

Fulton, KY

#172 Jan 12, 2013
A family member of mine hit a Bobcat a few years back on Hwy 45 near the bottoms. It was still alive when state trooper arrived. The trooper shot it to stop it from suffering since it was mortally wounded. My family member took photos of it before he left. I saw the photos and the poor creature, although beautiful, looked very malnourished. The trooper asked if my relative wanted the hide but he declined. It was without a doubt a Bobcat.

Since: Jun 11

Location hidden

#173 Jan 16, 2013
My mother trekked all over Western Kentucky when she was growing up in the 50's and 60's. She said that would see big cats around here from time to time. The area wasn't saturated with them be any means, but she spent a lot of time wandering outdoors and would see them on occasion along with other family members. The cats she saw, according to her, were the size of a medium dog. If I'm not mistaken, big cats once inhabited this area before it became more densely populated. I feel it's entirely plausible that a few still live in the area.

Since: Jun 11

Location hidden

#174 Jan 16, 2013
JJA wrote:
A family member of mine hit a Bobcat a few years back on Hwy 45 near the bottoms. It was still alive when state trooper arrived. The trooper shot it to stop it from suffering since it was mortally wounded. My family member took photos of it before he left. I saw the photos and the poor creature, although beautiful, looked very malnourished. The trooper asked if my relative wanted the hide but he declined. It was without a doubt a Bobcat.
Fascinating! Could you share the pictures?
Nicky Santoro

Hartland, WI

#175 Feb 7, 2013
what is a female big foot? a snatchquatch
Twintwo68

Winchester, KY

#176 Feb 28, 2013
I have a family farm in Powell County KY. In August of 2012 my dog (approx 15 pounds) was killed by what we believed was a bobcat. Just in the past two weeks while walking around the farm I have seen a very large animal of the cat family. Once was very brief but the second time was for several minutes. I was able to take pictures but unfortunately being about two hundred yards away when zoomed in they become distorted. It had a long tail, tan/yellow in color with a light underbelly. I guess it's size to be around 60 or so although again this is all from a distance. As we have family reunions and people camping and hiking throughout the whole year in this area I am concerned for everyone's safety. I have recruited the help of a couple of friends with hunting experience to try to catch whatever this is. I cautiously state that I believe it could be a mountain lion/cougar.
wildcat

Duluth, GA

#177 Apr 13, 2013
i know what i saw wrote:
Traveling west on hwy 286 McCracken/ Ballard line last fall I saw a Huge black cat with 2 babies, it took up 1 side of the road and the car behind me saw it too because it turned around to go back for a second look.
i saw something on Buchanan rd off of 286 last night it was tan about the color of a deer but was a use cat. We've had people tells us theyve seen a black one around. I thought at first they were crazy and then a few days later my father in law said saw it. My friends have seen it or them too.. I just don't know if wr should report this to the game warden or what

Since: Oct 09

Duluth, GA

#178 Apr 13, 2013
wildcat wrote:
<quoted text>
i saw something on Buchanan rd off of 286 last night it was tan about the color of a deer but was a use cat. We've had people tells us theyve seen a black one around. I thought at first they were crazy and then a few days later my father in law said saw it. My friends have seen it or them too.. I just don't know if wr should report this to the game warden or what
Where are located wildcat?
Peaceful

Bellevue, WA

#179 Apr 14, 2013
I do not know why that everyone says, the big black cats, do not exist. I mean the size of a large dog. German shepard big. I saw, 25 yrs. ago. people laughed. But a guy that farmed my grandads place, said he saw it, running across the field, several times, within a few years. It bounced from the ditch, to middle of the road, in one pounce, to the other ditch! Its tail was long and straight, as long as it was! It was a kodak moment, i can still see today! never forget that cat, crossing less than 20 feet in front of my car! BEAUTIFUL Creature! Wish i could put him on record! I wonder why, they are not believed of, I know, for fact..they exist! They have to be smart...they are real! Can't be just one! Nat. Geo! HELP! Prove they exist! Bobcats are dime a dozen, I have friends with mounted ones. But, LARGE BLACK CATS...are REAL.
hoosier girl

Chicago, IL

#180 Jul 1, 2013
I seen a very large black cat...panther....while living in London KY....after only being there a short time I knew of the big cat problem....keeping pets in at night was a must..after me and my husband seen the large cat ...our neighborreported his large German rott missing..my husband sent him to the side of the road.where we had seen the panther the night before and all that was left of the giant rott was his head.and collar...true story ....we moved back to Indy shortly after.
1 more

Indianapolis, IN

#181 Jul 13, 2013
Northern graves, Carlisle area. We have one that roams the area. No pics because we see it at random times around dark.

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