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Roy

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Jan 30, 2007
 
As a child Growing up in southeastTexas, I encountered black panthers more than once. They are actually black leopards that roam from South America to Florida. So I don't know where they got the idea that large black cats are not native to the US
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Jan 30, 2007
 

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They just need to come up here to North Carolina. I live around Panther Gap near Rosman, NC (in the mountains). I know lots of folks who have seen black panthers. The didn't name it Panther Gap for nothing!
Lowcountryman

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Jan 31, 2007
 

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I also hear there are no squirels in that area. I wonder who ate them all!
Head Shaking Local

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I did. Naw, I didn't eat all the rodents.
I read somewhere once that any breed of large cat can have "black panthers". The "Mountain Lion" or "Cougar" are large cats and are native to this area. Also, Bobcats and Lynx are now common in these parts. If, I understood it right, Most of the black panther around here were black cougars. We should call someone at Clemson about it.
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I have seen two different black panthers in the mountains of North Carolina. I know they exist.
Wicked Wang Fu

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Lowcountryman wrote:
I also hear there are no squirels in that area. I wonder who ate them all!
Are any Chinese Restaurants in the surrounding area?
Jamie from Spruce Pine

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I have always heard of black panthers in our area the old timers call them “painers”, but I have seen them with my owe eyes in the remote regions of the Linville Gorge area. It was the winter of 1994 and we (my friends and I) were camping, about 2:00am we started hearing what sounded like a woman screaming, and about 30 minutes later they appeared! Three large cats all about the same size about 4 feet in length (body not the tail), tail almost as long as their body, sleek black fur, blunt face and their eyes did not reflect light like a normal cat does. They stayed away from our camp fire but we could see them pretty well with flash lights. I have informed our state wildlife officers, which they laughed and told me no such animal, existed in our area. But too many people in our area have seen them. Also reports of panthers around Little Switzerland NC and around Poplar NC have been made. These are remote areas close to the Tennessee State line. I have no proof, no pictures, no film only my word.
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Lowcountryman wrote:
I also hear there are no squirels in that area. I wonder who ate them all!
lol thats funny
union county nc

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seen 2 black panthers one in lancaster sc 1998!and recently was deer hunting with my 7 year old son jessie and we sited another one this saturday december 15 2007!i almost shot it but didnt !
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over the last two weeks there have been three credible reports of Panther sitings near Clemson campus. Twice the cat was seen by police officers. Some wildlife guys have tried to find evidence of it to no avail
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Black panther or cougar, I am not sure but one woke me from a sound sleep at 2;30 AM in March 2007 on a ridge in a densely wooded area in Meigs County Tennessee. I was staying the night in an unfinished hunting cabin when I heard the screaming. Had a shotgun with me and spent the rest of the night on guard duty so to speak. I have heard the screams of cougars out west several times when I was younger and quite well know the chilling sound. as far as officals not believing or admitting these big cats are in these parts, I could give a &%^*.They are here and there and should be taken as a possible danger most anywhere. Have a nice day and by all means do not become cat food.
Leenie

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David wrote:
Black panther or cougar, I am not sure but one woke me from a sound sleep at 2;30 AM in March 2007 on a ridge in a densely wooded area in Meigs County Tennessee. I was staying the night in an unfinished hunting cabin when I heard the screaming. Had a shotgun with me and spent the rest of the night on guard duty so to speak. I have heard the screams of cougars out west several times when I was younger and quite well know the chilling sound. as far as officals not believing or admitting these big cats are in these parts, I could give a &%^*.They are here and there and should be taken as a possible danger most anywhere. Have a nice day and by all means do not become cat food.
I agree with you David! I lived in upstate NY and personally saw 3 big cats together( one tawny color the other 2 jet black; about 21/2 ft to the shoulder height, and about 4 ft long not counting tail which was long) My 20 yr old neice also saw them as we stood talking. After the cats ran up around the barn and into the woods we went up there and saw the paw prints all over there that measured 5" wide pad prints! Others saw them too, and gamewarden and biologist that spoke with me said odd the cats stay all yr the area, and seen so much in daytime, and don't seem afraid of coming close to domestic buildings. My daughter still lives up there and says the big cats still sighted at times. Who ever says they don't exist anymore in Northeast US really have not seen one there! They apparantly continue to breed and roam, and in 20 yrs now since I saw those I imagine; breeding
wise, they have populated out to areas far and wide and quite a few in fact! I don't know if lepards can breed with cugars or not, but my MIL told me when she was a girl living there in that farm where I saw the big cats; she said back then early 1900's an older German couple brought back 2 leopard cubs with them as pets from abroad, and that when the cats got too big to handle they turned them loose; upstate NY! Might explain why they stayed yr around that area of the hills overlooking the valley! Biologist said panther of the south migrates back south in winter as a rule. I just know what I saw and heard was big cats, and they were real. After knowing they were out there I nolonger took hikes alone in the woods.Since we had quite a bit of posted woods they had good hunting, and cover. Leenie
Joe Walmer FL

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Jan 6, 2008
 
I saw a black panther many people here in florida say they dont exist but more people see them in florida than anywhere else. I was driving at night and noticed an opossum on the side of the road right on the white line it looked liek it may be eating somethind I took notice because it didnt movve at all I just saw its pink eyes in my headlights. then I looked straight ahead again and I was startled to see a black panther in full run go from stretched out in a full run to compacting its body to stop from hitting the front of my car. So if you have seen a house cat run full speed and have to stop real quick and rear up a little. Its head was above the hood of my toyota camry and it was a black jaguar or a black panther OMG it was 250 pounds at least. I remember seeing its green/yellow eyes I will never forget it. I will take this to my grave no one can convince me otherwise. This was by the large chemical planty near brooksville florida and It happens to be a real neat swamp. There is this old tree in the middle of the swamp I always look at it as I drive by thinking it would be a great picture. I cant express enought how close I was litterally 3 inches from my headlight it had to compact its body as it was clearly stopping from a full run. It was clearly going for that opossum and I think the opossum knew it thats why it could have cared less i was driving one foot from it without it moving. Now here is what I was thinking at the time If I went back I didnt actually want this thing to jump on the hood of my car. I thought that for a few seconds but Knew it would really run off if I truned around, but that is a clue how large it was my brain though all by itseld omg that thing could jump on my car if it wanted too BIG BLACK CAT! 250 pounds at least. when I look at the pictures on the internet it looks exaclt like a black jaguar! I have talked to people in florida that have seen "florida black panthers" and they all laugh and say we all know down here they exist we dont care what other people say. I am from erie Pennsylvania and grew up hunting my whole life and moved down here 6 years ago, so I have a keen eye for wildlife.
Carolyn

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We live in Barnardsville, NC (just north of Asheville) & think panthers may have just attacked our domestic cat on the front porch. We heard a horrible commotion and by the time we got to the porch 2 large, black, sleek, cat-like animals were loping off across the field. Can't say for sure, but don't know what else it might have been. Anyone know anything about them, their habits, how to keep them away? Since all the official sites claim they don't exist, there's no helpful information available.

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Folks, I wish only that you give my video a glance, and some of the links I have collected. google search panthera santee delta , and my blog is the 1st result. I gave scdnr a copy a year n a half ago. According to them, its a 150lbs wild hog. Ahem, with a tail bout 3 n a half feet long.
Steve

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Feb 17, 2008
 
I have seen black panthers twice ,once when the mountains was on fire and saw it in a feild aboout 2 oclock running thru a feild, and had one stalk me coming up a old road from the river, I was bow hunting ,its was almost dark ,it followed me at the edge of the woods,could not see it at first,when I stop it would stop,when I would walk it would walk, the third time I stop it ran about 15 yards in front of me and went over the ridge,it was black as the ace of spades,two days later I was in my tree stand heard it scream and out of the tree andback to the truck I went,This is a true story . Several people have seen these cats before,This was in East Tn , Claiborne County
Jeff

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Feb 22, 2008
 
Steve wrote:
I have seen black panthers twice ,once when the mountains was on fire and saw it in a feild aboout 2 oclock running thru a feild, and had one stalk me coming up a old road from the river, I was bow hunting ,its was almost dark ,it followed me at the edge of the woods,could not see it at first,when I stop it would stop,when I would walk it would walk, the third time I stop it ran about 15 yards in front of me and went over the ridge,it was black as the ace of spades,two days later I was in my tree stand heard it scream and out of the tree andback to the truck I went,This is a true story . Several people have seen these cats before,This was in East Tn , Claiborne County
Hey Steve, I live in Claiborne and have heard those cats screaming out in the woods all my life. The scream of one of those cats will make the hair stand on its end. What part of Claiborne county were you in? I grew up in a plaace called Cedar Fork.
Lydia Louis

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Mar 5, 2008
 
I live in NC as well. I am from Oxford, Nc. I have seen two panthers. The first time, was 3 yrs ago. We kept seeing carcusses of rodent around our pond and our dogs were barking a lot. THen about three in the afternoon on a Sunday when we saw some thing black in our yard. Our dogs were barking and we thought it was a big black dog. My dad got his gun to go shoot and scare it. But, when he walked towards it, it was not afraid. It kind of growled at him and my dad was really frightened even with his gun and did not get too close. He came hurrying back to the house and shot a shot in the air in hopes of scarrying it off. A week later a guy in the town over from us reporting seeing a big cat crossing the road. THen in the the town over, some guy had his dogs killed. The second time I saw a big cat was at my boyfriends house. He is a smoker, so he went out on the porch to smoke and saw something runnding across the driveway after a deer. He lives in a neighborhood near town but it is pretty wooded and is near a creek. I just thought he had seen a bobcat or fox. BUt, the next night he had me sit up and we waited to see if we would see it. And sure enough, we saw a pretty big cat about four feet long with a long tail running really fast chasing deer. I almost mistook it for a big dog. BUt, the tail was what was really different. I don't know but, it was scary and I dont like to go out walking around at night by myself. THis is a true story. Other people in my town have seen the same thing.
Jessi Jones

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May 11, 2008
 
well i live in east tennessee and well a lot od time when i come outside just to sit and chill i hear a weird noise coming from up in my woods behind my house and well it kinda sounds like screaming and their has also been a lot of small dogs/cats and other animals gone missing and well i am realli afraid because i have two outside dog and i am afraid that they might be next......i have also seen this small black cat. well it isn't that small it is about the size of my full grown lab, and it has green eyes and most people think i am crazy for saying what i saw that night but i know what i saw and i am not crazy!!!!!
Christy Hart

Franklin, TN

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May 11, 2008
 
I also live in Oak Ridge, and just a few minutes ago I heard the screams of the cat. Yes there are neighborhood dogs that are missing I have a few posters up where I work. I havent seen the cat yet but I hear it really close to my house... There is a small patch or woods around my house and rescently I been hearing this scream alot. Seems like this animal has been forced to take over these woods because of all the building that is going on around here, we are taking its home.I just hope that this thing doesnt decide that my boxer and Lab are gonna be food for it. I really wish that someone form wildlife control could hear this scream... A ranger lives at the end of my street maybe I should ask him if he has heard it and if they can do something to take care of the problem.

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