RAP wrote:I see your point. You are saying people did not see a panther, maybe a cat but not a panther. Ok I will give you that. I don't know what it was and none of the rest of my family did not know anything but that it was black and a cat. We all know how dark it can get at times in the mountains. Of course no street lights. I know it was a cat, a large cat that was hanging around the holler for a time. It might have been some kind of large cat that escaped captivity or that someone had as a pet but it was no ordinary house cat.
By the way I have read this article before. I did investigate before when we had this discussion.
one who knows wrote:if someone could do some archuving on the courier journel in i think 1979 there was a article from the kdfw stateing they had a confirmed couger track on the little shepherds trail at the harlan letcher county line area. i seen theese tracks my self im a hunter and trapper i can tell you about any track in the woods. this track was large round and no claws showing cat are the only thing that dont show claws. these track were big enough a grown man hands balled to fist put together placed in the track you could still see the track????? yes they are here and if iremember right a kitten was killed in pike county hit by a car..
Bushwhacker wrote:Carbon is correct, they are the same animal. I have seen one with my own eyes as I was on my way back from Virginia on a train one night about 1:30am.
It was crossing the railroad tracks up in the Smith area and jumped from the edge of the track up onto a bank and disappeared into the woods. I also saw one when I was a kid (real long time ago) on Pine Mtn. There were several of us boys out rambling around in the mountians and we all saw it.
These big cats roam around and follow food sources, with the introduction of elk in this area, I think its quite possible that they have migrated here as well.
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