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Posted 15 February 2005 - 12:33 PM

news icon rThe latest scientific research shows that Louisiana's panther (Florida panther) is extinct. Officially, the last Louisiana panther, or catamount, or cougar, or puma, was shot to death in November 1966 near Keithville.Indeed, there are only 30 to 50 panthers left at this hour in 2005, clinging to a precarious existence in the Florida Everglades.

Only a few panthers survived in the South past 1900.A recent USA Today article said the panther or mountain lion population was growing in the West.

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Posted 15 February 2005 - 06:26 PM

You have to be pretty cruel to kill big cats or any animal!  angry.gif But I don't doubt that maybe some of the larger kitties come by every now and then. Um where they actually "ghost cats?" Or did I read it wrong?  wacko.gif

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 09:51 PM

View PostGreat Big Sea, on 15 February 2005 - 06:26 PM, said:

You have to be pretty cruel to kill big cats or any animal!  <!--emo&:angry2:--><img src='http://www.unexplain...DIR#>/angry.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='angry.gif' /><!--endemo--> But I don't doubt that maybe some of the larger kitties come by every now and then. Um where they actually "ghost cats?" Or did I read it wrong?  <!--emo&:wacko:--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wacko.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='wacko.gif' /><!--endemo-->

In my 30 years in Shreveport, Louisiana area, and hunting all over Louisiana, I've had 2 personal encounters with black panthers (we call them).  My Dad, his brother, and his business partner used to track a pack of them (2 adults, 2 kitties) on our hunting lease off of Red Bluff Rd, Gloster, Louisiana.  In fact, here's a couple of stories.  My Dad was bow hunting for deer, and he sees a big black cat (about 5-6 feet long, 2-3 feet tall) walking down the ATV road.  Dad's brother was driving down this same road and stopped about 50 feet behind the cat.  He saw the cat jump into the woods.  From my Dad's perspective, the cat was jumping toward him.  My Dad was in a climbing stand, 15 feet in the air... well within reach of the cat that is leaping toward him.  Then the cat stops.  Dad readies his bow, and the cat just stares.  Screams like a man with a deep voice and a woman with a really shrill voice screaming at the same time...  and it turns and walks confidently away.  My Dad never bow hunted again.

One other time, my cousin and I were walking across a field around the same part of Louisiana, and we see a big cat staring at us in the field, ready to pounce.  It had the same growl that sounded like a woman screaming, was pitch black with yellow eyes, but it didn't chase us when we ran.

We all have grown up in this area, and know the different in looks and growl of bobcats, and these big black cats.  The only thing similar is the yellow eyes, they are completely different, and locals living in rural areas all hear stories of these if they haven't seen these big black cats themselves.

There were also stories of the property next to ours that the owners would transplant non-native animals, cage them, release them on the 15 foot electrified fenced property, and hunt them.  But, I'm not going to say whether that is true.  However, I do believe that 15 foot tall electrified fence is gone, and those leasors no-longer lease that property, which could explain the existence of these animals in that area.

Killed off in the early 20th century, HAH!  Its amazing how 1910-1920's technology enables site scans as large as entire states for the abolishment and complete annihilation of a specific species over such a large area, and how willing the news audiences are to believe barely informed, poorly referenced news reporters.  Nonetheless, I have no pictures or recordings, but at least my anonymous experience and unnamed sources aren't 100 years old.

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 06:08 AM

Happened to see this topic and thought I'd reply to it. I also live in rural eastern Louisiana, with our property bordering the Tensas wildlife refuge. The game wardens and such always deny the existance of such as a 'panther', yet many people have seen them. As a matter of fact, my grown son saw 3, two adults and a half grown young one, this evening. They were crossing the road not long after dusk. So I have to say that yes they do exist, and I find it amusing as to what the reports and statistics say about it. Also the local wardens claim how very, very few that the black bear are in number here. It is odd the black bear are seen almost on a daily basis here, they tear up the crops and fields in season, but heaven forbid if one decided to defend yourself against such...lol...I personally think the reason they downplay the numbers of endangered species is to keep curious people away from them, so they can thrive and hopefully grow in number again.


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Posted 02 January 2010 - 06:16 AM

View PostUM-Bot, on 15 February 2005 - 12:33 PM, said:

<img src='http://www.unexplain...es/news/abc.jpg' style='float:left' border='0' alt='news icon r'>The latest scientific research shows that Louisiana's panther (Florida panther) is extinct. Officially, the last Louisiana panther, or catamount, or cougar, or puma, was shot to death in November 1966 near Keithville.Indeed, there are only 30 to 50 panthers left at this hour in 2005, clinging to a precarious existence in the Florida Everglades.

Only a few panthers survived in the South past 1900.A recent USA Today article said the panther or mountain lion population was growing in the West.

<img src='http://www.unexplain...iconarticle.gif' border='0' alt='news icon'> View: <a href='http://www.shrevepor...40314/1002/NEWS' target='_blank'>Full Article</a> | Source: <a href='http://www.shreveporttimes.com' target='_blank'>Shreveport Times</a>


A couple of months ago I saw video of a panther caught on video walking on a wooden boardwalk in the Everglades.  I don't think many of these animals really went extinct in the south.  I think they realized they needed to be more secluded to survive.


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Posted 22 March 2012 - 07:43 AM

View Posttrsdek, on 02 January 2010 - 06:16 AM, said:

A couple of months ago I saw video of a panther caught on video walking on a wooden boardwalk in the Everglades.  I don't think many of these animals really went extinct in the south.  I think they realized they needed to be more secluded to survive.

I live about 30mins north of lake charles in south west louisiana. In august of 2011 i was at my new neighbors house across the road telling her that she need to keep an eye out when her kids were outside playing because i had seen a cougar and black panthers behind my house in the woods. 2 weeks later she came to my house screaming because a large tan cat had come into her back yard and grabbed her miniature yorkshire terrier and ran off into the woods. we called the game warrdens, they did a thourough search around the house and woods and never found the big cat. Game officials told us that the cat was dangerous to not go outside at night and that we couldnt shoot the cat because they are a protected species in louisiana. Needless to say they dont live there anymore. im going to set out game cams to catch the panthers and cougars on camera so people will know that the large cats are still in louisiana.


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Posted 23 March 2012 - 07:26 PM

View PostYankee Cajun, on 03 September 2009 - 09:51 PM, said:

In my 30 years in Shreveport, Louisiana area, and hunting all over Louisiana, I've had 2 personal encounters with black panthers (we call them).  My Dad, his brother, and his business partner used to track a pack of them (2 adults, 2 kitties) on our hunting lease off of Red Bluff Rd, Gloster, Louisiana.  In fact, here's a couple of stories.  My Dad was bow hunting for deer, and he sees a big black cat (about 5-6 feet long, 2-3 feet tall) walking down the ATV road.  Dad's brother was driving down this same road and stopped about 50 feet behind the cat.  He saw the cat jump into the woods.  From my Dad's perspective, the cat was jumping toward him.  My Dad was in a climbing stand, 15 feet in the air... well within reach of the cat that is leaping toward him.  Then the cat stops.  Dad readies his bow, and the cat just stares.  Screams like a man with a deep voice and a woman with a really shrill voice screaming at the same time...  and it turns and walks confidently away.  My Dad never bow hunted again.

One other time, my cousin and I were walking across a field around the same part of Louisiana, and we see a big cat staring at us in the field, ready to pounce.  It had the same growl that sounded like a woman screaming, was pitch black with yellow eyes, but it didn't chase us when we ran.

We all have grown up in this area, and know the different in looks and growl of bobcats, and these big black cats.  The only thing similar is the yellow eyes, they are completely different, and locals living in rural areas all hear stories of these if they haven't seen these big black cats themselves.

There were also stories of the property next to ours that the owners would transplant non-native animals, cage them, release them on the 15 foot electrified fenced property, and hunt them.  But, I'm not going to say whether that is true.  However, I do believe that 15 foot tall electrified fence is gone, and those leasors no-longer lease that property, which could explain the existence of these animals in that area.

Killed off in the early 20th century, HAH!  Its amazing how 1910-1920's technology enables site scans as large as entire states for the abolishment and complete annihilation of a specific species over such a large area, and how willing the news audiences are to believe barely informed, poorly referenced news reporters.  Nonetheless, I have no pictures or recordings, but at least my anonymous experience and unnamed sources aren't 100 years old.

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