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Old 10-31-2012, 09:47 PM
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I stopped at the feed and grain store today to pick up some mouse traps, my wife freaks out if she suspects a mouse in the house. Each fall when they crop behind my house we get mice. Anyway's, while I was there all the guy's that work there were talking about some video a guy brought in there this morning. That he captured on one of those wildlife cams motion hunting camera thingies. Of a very large black panther or cougar and they all saw the video.
It reminded me of a an incident on my property a few years ago that I had forgotten about.
I was standing beside my father in laws truck in my backyard just talking with him when all of a sudden my dogs tore ass running and barking and when we looked in the direction they were headed we saw a huge black cat bigger than a dog with a long tail dashing thru the brush and leaving the dogs in his dust. My father in law looked at me and we both knew what we just saw. It was a very muscular large black cat of some kind with a curl to its tail, and he was so fast we only saw him for a few seconds. The dogs chased it into the brush and came back a while later panting and exhausted. I swear it looked like a big black panther.
We never saw it again and I had pretty much forgotten about it until today,when the guy's were talking about that video. I googled sightings and there seems to be many sightings but DNR is adamant that it's BS and there are not any large cats in SC. But I saw that thing with my own eyes and mentioned it to my father in law today and he is positive it was some kind of black Panther or Cougar that we saw that day. If anyone else has seen one I would like to hear about it. ~JJ~
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It is more than likely an eastern cougar. I have cought some pics on my cuddie back cam two years back of one on my farm. When i showed it to the game warden friend he thought i had the cam setup in FL. I took him where I set the cam up and the next week we both go and pull the sd card and take a look and the cat was back. That was the last time we have seen any sign of it.
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jay u live in the backwoods so he mostly layed up beside your house waiting for grass to be cut hahahah
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So, I don't guess it will be against the law to shoot one, seeing as how there are none in the state. The way my season is going, it may just happen.
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I saw one when I first bought my farm about 20 years ago. He crossed the driveway right in front of my truck. But I haven't seen him since. I live on the Savannah River across the state from you.

It's funny how the dnr adamantly denies their existence. That must be part of their training.
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Reminds me of when I lived in Texas...every south Texas hunter has a story of encountering wild monkeys....the DNR there denied their existance too...maybe if they admit they are there, then they have to create rules for them ane enforce them...
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They are among us. My father saw one several years ago around prosperity.
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My Grandfather said he saw one back home in Ft. Motte (Middle of the state) SC. He was not a hunter or fisherman so he had no need to lie. Area was about 3-4 miles from Congaree river.
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I saw one in the early 90's in the Croatan Forest north of Cape Carteret.
It was on the side of one of the fire roads, saw it clearly from about 50 yards away, absolutely no doubt in my mind as I watched it walk away

But then I spoke with WRC officials about it and they told me that I didn't see one that I must have been mistaken because they have not seen one in their studies...
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Glad to hear that some others have seen what I saw. My father in law mentioned that a neighbor of ours had at one time some type of large cats on his farm and rumor had it that he let them loose when they became to hard to handle. Maybe that might be what I saw. The thing I saw was jet black, long and powerful looking and faster than any dog when it took off. There are plenty of deer on my property, maybe these cats are living here and stay hid most of the time. I have had a few dogs disappear after running into the woods and always wondered what happened to them. I drove around on the four wheeler and never found any sign of the missing dogs. Who knows?~JJ~
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I saw one in the early 90's in the Croatan Forest north of Cape Carteret.
It was on the side of one of the fire roads, saw it clearly from about 50 yards away, absolutely no doubt in my mind as I watched it walk away

But then I spoke with WRC officials about it and they told me that I didn't see one that I must have been mistaken because they have not seen one in their studies...
Well, there you go. Government proof they don't exist and you made a mistake.
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Maybe the video from the feed store will get some attention? I saw two snap shots on google of a hunters cam and the animal looked exactly like what I saw. And another video by a bow hunter of a large black cat while bow hunting. ~JJ~
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Didn't see it myself, but 2 buddies of mine driving through the Green Swamp last fall did. It was at night and they said it was next to either a fresh kill or roadkill beside the road. They said they drove for about 2 minutes before either of them said anything, neither could believe their own eyes!
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I noticed that lots of the sightings take place around rivers and bodies of water.And sightings in neighboring states are common as well.
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This sounds just like our govt and fishing.

There are no seabass.
There are no red snapper.

Lesson is....don't try to tell any govt official anything; they already know it all. Even if you haul a dead panther carcass into the office, they would tell you it didn't exist.
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In 1983 or 84 while visiting my husband's relatives on upper Lake Murray where the Saluda River enters, I was awakened in the middle of the night by barking dogs. This is a very rural, wooded area of Saluda County close to Hollywood School Road. Since my son and nephew were camping out I got up to investigate. I saw the neighbor's dogs following and barking at an unbothered large black cat with a low slung tail that swung from side to side. The cat stopped, turned and seemed to hiss or growl at the dogs and slowly lumbered off. Knowing the size of these dogs I would say this cat was the size of a panther. No one believed me. I am happy to hear others share their stories.

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My brother saw one walk across his farm in Brunswick County a few years ago during the day. Just as others described, large, black and a long tail. The animal was only seen once.
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A buddy's family used to own land on Jehosse Island in SC in early 90's and had multiple witnesses see a big black cat. Again, the DNR denied it. Had a guy in the office here in Eastern NC the other day and he swore he saw a cougar (normal color) cross the road right near my house (which is in the sticks by the water). The guy had no reason to lie so I believe him. There are plenty of places for a cat to hide. Hell, everyone knows bobcats are around and I hardly ever see them.
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There is 180 wooded acres and a number of ponds behind my house full of deer,rabbit raccoon,snakes,coyote, etc. I even saw a wild pig in my yard one time eating my water melons.
So there is plenty to eat in them thar' woods! I only saw the cat once though. ~JJ~
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I can remember my dad coming home from work about 15 years ago saying a big black cat crossed the road in front of him near the Cape Fear River just outside of Erwin. Of course, he always has his rifle w/ him. He said he put the cross hairs on it to make sure his eyes weren't fooling him. He said he wished he would have shot him.
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