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Black Panther or Big Black Cats

Posted by on Jan. 31, 2012 at 12:51 AM
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Black Panthers or Big Black Cats have been spotted all across the U.S. and the U.K. Some people believe that they are cougers, leopards or even jaguars that are colored black.

Black panthers are rarely spotted by people. They try to avoid people as much as possible. Their sharp ears, nose and eyes help them vanish before being approached by people. Still, we have received numerous reports about sightings of black panthers or big black cats. Here are just a few of them.

Submitted by Andrew Lloyd from UK

Black Panther spotted at 12.00 am 31/12/07 on the Droitwitch Road nr Bradley Green (Worcestershire County) England, I saw the creature while driving along, it turned in the road and I couldnt identify it as it was not similar in movement to anything I have seen before. I slowed down as I drove closer it stood by the side of the road turned stared at toward the vehicle and opened its mouth. It was around two foot to at shoulder length had fangs green eyes and large tongue. It was incredible.

Submitted by Bonnie Harris from USA:

I have seen a black panther (not to close) on two separate occasions in north carolina, specifically in Zebulon. I would like to know is it at all possible? I was pretty freaked out--I am a pet sitter and take walks in the dense woods. The cat I just saw was not afraid of the doberman(100+lbs) or me, it just layed there watching.

Submitted by Jennifer Rodgers from USA:

I live in FL and I saw a big black cat in my back yard...I live int the country...so..I went out with my camera and tried to take some pics of it...I was about 100 ft away from it...the photos are not that clear but I did zoom in...I am sending both...can u please help me figure out what type of cat this is...I am from here and I have never seen one....I hope u can help me...I can only send 1 pic...if u need more...just email me.

Submitted by Reese Lapka from USA:

I live in Hendersonville NC. There was a reported sighting of a black panther comming from my property crossing over to another property populated with Horses. The next morning there was a baby colt killed and the hind quarters half eaten. Is it possible that here in NC we have a black panther? I have three young children, should I be concerned for thier saftey? Please let me know what you can.

Submitted by Dennis L. Jewell from USA:

I live in Southeastern Virginia, Sussex County. The closest small town is 7 miles from me. I was about a mile from my home around 1 a.m when I came upon 2 black panthers on a bank along side the narrow road leading to my house. They were not startled. They slowly crept off into the woods. My guess is that they are a mating pair.

Submitted by Gina Bennett from USA:

Spotted a panther in lake co. IL. March 8th around 7:15am on route 22 going east. It past in front of my car, it was cat like and black. It was too fast and I lost track of it in the woods. I did have another person who was with me.

Submitted by Sandra Dobbins from USA:

Could it be possible for a black panther to be living in N. Central Alabama? My husband and I have seen one or seen something that looks to be a black cat two different times. At first we thought it was a black dog, we weren't sure. second sighting it crossed the road in front of us and was moving way too fast for a dog or other animal. Large wooded area with no houses around is where this animal is living.

Here is a photo that supposed shows a Black Panther in Forrest County, Mississippi. I have to say though, there is no scale to this photo to show how large or small the cat is. Honestly, it could even be a housecat. All I know is, the man who took the photo says that it was big.

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This is what Jamie Daughdrill of Forrest County, Mississippi had to say about the photo.

“I know probably less than a quarter mile from there, my wife’s niece was coming home from work six years ago. She saw something big and black cross the road and she came in and told us ‘I saw a black panther cross the road,’” Daughdrill said. “Nobody had seen anything of it for six or seven years until I got the picture on my game camera.”

“All I’m saying is that it’s big and black and looks like a panther,” he said. “I never said it was a panther, but I’ve heard all my life there weren’t any in South Mississippi, but people are always hearing them.

“I’ve heard a bunch of people around Carnes in Red Creek that have said they hear one at certain times during the year. My wife’s grandfather said he had seen one once.”

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dragonfly750
by Group Admin on Jan. 31, 2012 at 1:00 AM

Whether that photo shows a Black Panther or not is not for me to say. I know that they are real because I have seen one.

When I was 15 years old my family and I were driving near my grandmother's home when we saw on on a bridge. I was solid black, and was about the size of a Mountain Lion. Maybe it was a black mountain lion. But the Mississippi Wildlife and Fisheries Department say there are no such thing here in our state. It was something though.

I have also heard them scream several times over the years. The last time was just this past summer. They sound a lot like a woman screaming for her life, high-pitched and guttural at the same time. The sound you hear or horror movies all the time.

My grandmother used to tell us a story about a particularly cold winter when 2 Black Panthers attacked a house and tried to get inside to find food. The people living in the house had to burn their furniture in the fireplace to keep the panthers out. Of course, my grandmother also once say a Brown Bear wearing cowboy boots sitting on her front step..... But my grandmother would never make up a story like that. would she? wink mini

Ihereainti
by on Jan. 31, 2012 at 1:05 PM

I hear them scream here..some kind of panther. i do know the us fish and wildlife did a florida panther release a few years ago, but they are a brown color..

i am not too far from the hendersonville report

I think it's possible

dragonfly750
by Group Admin on Jan. 31, 2012 at 1:33 PM

My father thinks that the Black Panther and the Florida Panther are the same cat, just different colors. You almost never see Florida Panthers either. So I think that might be possible too.

Quoting Ihereainti:

I hear them scream here..some kind of panther. i do know the us fish and wildlife did a florida panther release a few years ago, but they are a brown color..

i am not too far from the hendersonville report

I think it's possible


mrsbrimer
by Alayna on Jan. 31, 2012 at 5:42 PM

so black jaguars supposedly do not exist? is that why this is so weird to see??  im kinda confused because ive seen one in The Jungle Book LOL!! maybe not in the USA??

dragonfly750
by Group Admin on Jan. 31, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Yeah, I wondered about that too, so I looked it up. They do exist but they are not supposed to be living anywhere north of southern Mexico. There aren't supposed to any big cats (expect for the brown Florida Panther) living in the southeastern U.S.

Quoting mrsbrimer:

so black jaguars supposedly do not exist? is that why this is so weird to see??  im kinda confused because ive seen one in The Jungle Book LOL!! maybe not in the USA??


Ihereainti
by on Jan. 31, 2012 at 8:33 PM
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What people aren't taking into account is global climate change. Species are forced to move to a better climate because the one they have is too hot.


Quoting dragonfly750:

Yeah, I wondered about that too, so I looked it up. They do exist but they are not supposed to be living anywhere north of southern Mexico. There aren't supposed to any big cats (expect for the brown Florida Panther) living in the southeastern U.S.


Quoting mrsbrimer:


so black jaguars supposedly do not exist? is that why this is so weird to see??  im kinda confused because ive seen one in The Jungle Book LOL!! maybe not in the USA??




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Ihereainti
by on Jan. 31, 2012 at 8:37 PM
I have to agree with your dad. I have seen Florida panthers in the wild but only because we tracked their chips for the reintroduction program. Sad but when I left for college there was only o e of the 6 left. 2 were shot and the others got hit by cars :(


Quoting dragonfly750:

My father thinks that the Black Panther and the Florida Panther are the same cat, just different colors. You almost never see Florida Panthers either. So I think that might be possible too.


Quoting Ihereainti:


I hear them scream here..some kind of panther. i do know the us fish and wildlife did a florida panther release a few years ago, but they are a brown color..


i am not too far from the hendersonville report


I think it's possible




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mrsbrimer
by Alayna on Jan. 31, 2012 at 9:08 PM
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that is crazy! i bet there are so many species living in our backyard that we dont even know about yet

Ihereainti
by on Feb. 1, 2012 at 8:45 AM
Lol yup!


Quoting mrsbrimer:

that is crazy! i bet there are so many species living in our backyard that we dont even know about yet


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LivinDeadGurl
by on Mar. 3, 2012 at 5:12 PM

I have seen one too, when on a field trip to a wildlife preserve. We were on a nature hike and a few of us saw one slinking through the shadows in the woods.

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