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B Johnson

High Springs, FL

#246 Jun 22, 2012
I lived in the Spring Lake area outside of Brooksville, Florida in the late 1980s. One night just before dusk a large, very black cat crossed Myers Road right in front of my car and disappeared in the woods near a lake that borders Sertoma Youth Ranch. It was not a bobcat. It was much larger and I'm positive that it was a black panther. A friend of mine who was living in San Antonio, FL a few miles to the south of where I saw the cat said that he had also seen a black panther on one of the backroads in his area. The sightings are close enough together for it to have been the same cat. Another friend of mine says that he was staying in a cabin in the woods up in an area called Tate's Hell in the panhandle and he saw one on the porch of the cabin one night. Again he says that it was a BLACK panther. I know that black or melanistic panthers are not supposed to exist but I believe they are wrong. I believe they do exist and we have at least a couple here in Florida.
Joe Walmer FL wrote:
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.
Jo Ellen Trest

Hilton Head Island, SC

#247 Sep 1, 2012
Tom wrote:
My subdivision is at the northern tip of Lancaster County, SC, next to the NC line at Charlotte. A large black panther has been seen in our neighborhood several times. I saw it on 20 Dec 10 and have photos of its tracks.
I'ld be interested in seeing the pics of the tracks, any chance of posting them here or sharing on facebook?

Likewise with Anderson, any chance of sharing pics of the mandible you found?
Dismal Swamp Native

Fayetteville, NC

#248 Sep 30, 2012
I live near the Great Dismal Swamp in NE North Carolina. I have seen a large black panther crossing the 4 lane highway between Suffolk and Bowers Hill, Va. They are very reclusive from what I hear. Several have been sited in the NE NC and SE Virginia area. It makes sense for them to be in the Great Dismal Swamp since it provides the needed protected habitat. Historical documents from the Lane expeditions (1600s ?) record both panthers and buffalo/bison in this area as plentiful. Maybe they are being forced from their recent habitats and are returning.
Nick

Greenbelt, MD

#249 Apr 26, 2013
This is an old thread but id like to state that this frank guy is an idiot. I just saw this black panther 2 days ago in Suffolk county Virginia, and it was only about 10 ft in front of me when it hopped out of the woods onto the trail i was walking on. And FYI Frank, they're called "Eastern Panthers" .. they do exist, they are native to this area, and I assure you, it is not a figment of my imagination that I saw a large cat bigger than a dog right in front of my face. Dumb ass
Nick

Greenbelt, MD

#250 Apr 26, 2013
I also took a picture of his tracks :)
Hannah Brown

United States

#251 May 15, 2013
People who say Carolina Panthers aren't in NC ARE FULL OF SHIT. I was outside smoking last night, it was quiet and it was around 12 am. All of a sudden my dog starts going absolutely crazy, she was barking an growling at something so, I stood up and tried to figure out what she was barking at, then I heard that panther scream. It was so freaky. I seen its green glowing eyes and as soon as that thing shows its teeth I went straight back into the house. It had to had been a panther. I've seen bob cats and mountain lions but this was neither of those. It was black. I live in Taylorsville, NC and my cousin has even seen them. But i know that's what it was.
Jason

United States

#252 Sep 28, 2013
Sept 26,2013 approximately 645pm I saw an extremely large cat crossing a recently logged opening area on highway 378 between saluda and the traffic circle. I'd say about halfway. It appeared to be mostly Greyish in color with some black and white patches, long grey tail. At least 4-5 feet in length and well over 100 pounds. It was cutting across the open area at a good clip, a fast walk/slow jog type speed. It was crouching low to the ground like cats do in a stalking mode but I figure it was just keeping a low profile in the open space. I was ar
Jason

United States

#253 Sep 28, 2013
I didn't get to finish the previous post so here goes. It was running perfectly perpendicular to the roadway so I had a perfect view of the long sleek body. No Depth perception issue like if it were running away from me. When i turned around to get another look it had already cleared the opening and was gone. Ironically a yellow retriever was walking across the same area nose down like it was on the scent trail of the cat. I joked with my wife that he needs to hope that cat didn't stop for a break. I researched it last night when i got home. It appeared to have the long slender body type of a cougar as opposed to the thick bulky body type of a larger cat like a panther. Some articles seem to say that they are one in the same but the panther pics show a very thick muscular build more like a tiger, rather than the slightly smaller build of a mountain lion/cougar. What I saw was long and slender but muscular. Definitely not a bobcat. Much larger. This was near the Hollywood school area.
Ben

United States

#254 Nov 23, 2013
I live on Desert rd in Suffolk Virginia which runs parallel to the Dismal Swamp.... just down the road from the rangers station and they claim to have evidence of at least 1 large cat living in the swamp and numerous witness accounts.... At first I thought he was kidding to tease the kids around while he was sharing his stories but he was quite serious and even had photos of many tracks to support it.
Kaye Castillo

Myrtle Beach, SC

#255 Jan 6, 2014
I live on the SC Coast in Murrells Inlet, SC. My husband and I saw two Black Panthers on Nov.13, 2013 crossing the road coming from the marsh area. We reported this to the people that should be informed but was not believed. The time was between 8:00 & 8:30 AM.on a Wednesday . As we rounded a curve we saw one crouched down on the right side of the road and one crossing the road from left to right in front of our truck. It was large and black with a long black tail. It looked at us for a second and then both of them took off running into the woods. We were close enough to have seen them still running as the woods were sparse so they must have gone up a tree. They disappeared very fast. The one that was crouched down seemed a bit lighter in color than the one crossing in front of us and maybe a bit smaller. We know what panthers look like as we lived in Spartanburg, SC in the country in the Clifton area I saw one down by the river bank. When a panther screams in the middle of the night everyone sits straight up in bed. I just can not understand why the Wildlife Assoc. or DNR denies that they are in these areas. My dad saw one in Blacksburg, SC year while hunting, years ago.
catmantoo

Easley, SC

#256 May 16, 2014
Terry Clinton

United States

#257 Jul 5, 2014
They certainly do exist me and my fiance looked at a black panther on a gas line thru a spotting scope in Edgemoor SC and we know damn well that's what we were looking at it had a head as big as a basketball and when it turned to enter the woods you could see its shoulder blades moving up and down as it walked into the woods its tail was about Four ft. Long I don't care who says that there aren't any species of panthers left in SC I have also been deer hunting and saw the mountain lions here they came right in to a deer call and deer piss I had on a cotton ball. Scared the living shit out of me all of the hair stood up on the back of my neck before I could gather myself as to what I witnessed and shoot the damn thing it darted off so guaranteed I will never go in the woods here unarmed ever!
catmantoo

Easley, SC

#258 Thursday Oct 2
Jo Ellen Trest wrote:
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I'ld be interested in seeing the pics of the tracks, any chance of posting them here or sharing on facebook?
Likewise with Anderson, any chance of sharing pics of the mandible you found?
Jo Ellen, if you would post the pics on our Panther Group page on facebook.

www.facebook.com/groups/79714650957920/

anyone is welcome to join & share you sighting ..
later catman
catmantoo

Easley, SC

#259 Thursday Oct 2
catmantoo wrote:
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Jo Ellen, if you would post the pics on our Panther Group page on facebook.
www.facebook.com/groups/79714650957920/
anyone is welcome to join & share you sighting ..
later catman
From your facebook page search " Panther sightings in the Carolinas "

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