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Old 10-19-2006, 08:44 AM
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I know I have personally seen two panthers while hunting here in Georgia. One was late in the afternoon and the other was in broad daylight, less than 100 yards away. If you talk to the biologist and DNR they say no but me and a few others say yes for sure. You cant deny that bloody scream they make at daybreak.

Anybody else seen one?
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Old 10-19-2006, 01:17 PM
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My cousin hunts some land here in Milledgeville beside the sinclair dam and swears up and down he saw one last turkey season on two different occasions, My aunt saw one in the stand not 40 yards the other day and freaked out and I know she don'e lie, she want hardly go hunting untill gun season is in!
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Old 10-19-2006, 02:30 PM
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My father saw 1 and also heard one scream late at night close to his house off of Martin Bridge Rd. in Banks County...DNR told him the same thing...they are not here in GA. My dad swears different though. He says their scream is a scream that you can recognize (like no other...)
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I haven't seen any Black Panthers, yet. I'm still hopeful. A guy in our club THOUGHT he seen a Black Panther last year but it turned out to be a Black Hog this year.

I've heard around the campfire that Troll's will make a scream that sound like a Black Panther's. It is a loud and long high picthed scream like a woman or baby.

I have too many Big Foot's around my stand and I think they keep the Black Panthers ran off.

There is only 80-100 Florida Cougar's still in the wild. Maybe Georiga needs to start a relocation project and get the herd in Florida back up.
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There is only 80-100 Florida Cougar's still in the wild. Maybe Georiga needs to start a relocation project and get the herd in Florida back up.
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Maybe they will rename them GA panthers.
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here's something for all you guys that think there isn't any panthers in ga.. come to telfair county and i'll personally show u differnt.
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here's something for all you guys that think there isn't any panthers in ga.. come to telfair county and i'll personally show u differnt.
Could you just post some pictures?

How many have you seen?

Do they hang out in the same place all the time?

Any info would be helpful.
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Old 10-29-2006, 09:59 AM
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There have been sightings in Terrell and Clay Counties by reliable sources. They are here! Some of us are just more fortunate than others in being in the right spot at the right time.
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i dont have any pics. but i'll try and get some and i will post them. i have one in the woods behind my house if u go outside at night if u don't see him you can hear him scream. my wife will not go outside by herself at night b/c of it.
hey if any of you guys have a good used trail cam for sell email me .
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i have seen a few personally, and as far i can tell they do stay in and around the same area. but if you think a big buck is hard to see. they are very nockturnal and mark there teritory from what i can tell by scrapping leaves and all from around the base of a tree.
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My wife was driving south on 23 in Blechley Co'. on the way to Cochran. A black panther came out of a pine thicket and stood on the side of the road. She stopped as did a guy coming the other way. After it turned back and they each drove forword he said to her "did I just see what I thought I saw"? They both saw it! We called DNR and reported it and they said sometimes they travel up from Florida, but are not indigenous to Georgia.
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I saw one too. Bigfoot had it on a leash and was walking it through the woods of one of my perfect hunting spots. I was mad... Just kidding boys. Is this debate ever going to end????
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When I lived in Florida there used to be some that layed on our front lawn. My Dad would see them when he would get up in the morning. They were pretty scary when they look at you. Panthers and mountain lions. Scary creatures.
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here's something for all you guys that think there isn't any panthers in ga.. come to telfair county and i'll personally show u differnt.
Instead of taking you up on the invite to watch the panthers down there just post some pictures, it would save me some gas money.

Do you have the Black Panthers? Those are the ones I'd like to see.

If you posted a picture of one in Georgia I think it would be a first. You'd go down in Woody's history.
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Many people believe that there is one animal that is called a black panther. Really, the term black panther is refering to a melanistic (black) member of the Panthera family, or big cats. This means it could be a leopard, jaguar, lion or tiger. There were commonly black tigers until the turn of the 20th century. The last marbled black tiger ever known was killed in 1992 in the cane fields of India. There has never been a high occurence of black lions that we know of, probably due to their habitat and the extreme heat a black lion would endure. This leaves us with melanistic leopards and jaguars. The term melanism does not mean that they are actually black, but that they are full of color. If you view a melanistic leopard or jaguar in good sunlight, you can see that they are acutally a very dark brown with black spots.
Their are no big black cats that live in North America, we have no wild black panthers.

The dark color of the panthers is advantageous for them to hide in the dark forest or jungle and to hunt at night. Commonly, leopards and jaguars are a golden yellow with black spots. The leopard's yellow and black spotted pattern works very well to help hide them in the open grasslands of savannas.The melanistic color variety happens only about 5% of the time. Both color variations can be born to the same litter since it is a recessive gene.

The animals below are all black leopards. They are a lot smaller than a tiger but they make up for its size with brain power. The leopard is the smartest of the big cats. It is the only big cat that has learned to store its food above ground from scavengers. It can carry prey twice its body weight high into the tops of the trees to save and eat at his leisure. Its brain power also gives it an advantage as a more cunning hunter. A full-grown leopard can weigh up to 150 pounds.

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i have heard them before fishing at night over on allatoona lake.
Now I can,t believe the story. who taught them panthers to fish? what next? you,ve seen them riding four wheelers.
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Now I can,t believe the story. who taught them panthers to fish? what next? you,ve seen them riding four wheelers.
Where do they get their fishing licenses?
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IF YOU SHOOT ONE ARE YOU GOING TO HAVE THE FEDS SHOW UP AT YOUR HOUSE AFTER POSTING IT ON HERE???????
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You should have tried the old "Here kitty, kitty kitty" trick; that gets them everytime.
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My cousin hunts some land here in Milledgeville beside the sinclair dam and swears up and down he saw one last turkey season on two different occasions, My aunt saw one in the stand not 40 yards the other day and freaked out and I know she don'e lie, she want hardly go hunting untill gun season is in!
I saw 2 one morning hunting just off 441. My mother and I saw one off short-cut rd near the Milledgeville airport several year ago. We just looked at each other with mouths wide open! I know they are here!
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Fella If I lived out where they roam like you I would make it my mission to get pictures.
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I know there are black panthers in Georgia. My in laws have one. Seventeen years ago, my sister-in-law brought home kitten that had lost its mother. Its eyes were still shut becasue it was so young. I bottle fed it and eventually it grew up. It is now seventeen years old and probably will not live much longer. It kind of resembles a house cat and it weighs about 7 pounds. After reading this thread, I became concerned so I went by there and studied it. I am sure now that it is a pigme black panther. By the way, her name is sweet pea.

In all seriousness, there is no doubt in my mind that some big cats do roam the woods in Georgia. There are too many sightings for every single one of them to be discounted as a case of mistaken identity or a hoax.

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I believe that they are here as well. I am certan that i saw one down in Emanuel couny about 8 years ago. Until recently the official word out of Missouri was that there were no large cats there either but cattle farmes had a different opinion. Then just this fall/winter somone got a pic of one on a trail camera and it was confirmed by the DNR. DNR said that some mail mountain lions were moving down from South Dakota. Now if those cats are moving that far it only makes sence that some could have moved into Ga from Fl.
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I caught one on one of Triton Mike's swim bait thingy's. I let it go though. It was a section of lake that was catch and relase only. I dipped it in catnip.
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I was lucky enough to get a picture of 3 cats at once but I can't get it to upload...anyone want to help me.....I'll email it to you.
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I saw one the other day in my yard, it tried to eat my 2 Labs, Really!!! I PROMISE, I would have taken a picture with My digital camera, but the batteries died, and the spare ones that I always keep charged were dead as well. He hung around for a good bit, and I found a throw away camera, I took some pictures with it, but they didn't develop right. But thank God for chain link fence, because I love my Labs. Once he saw he realized he couldn't get my labs, the panther tried to break into my truck and steal my Toyota. When it couldn't, my wife and I heard it scream really loud and distinct, and you know it is a panthers scream, you just know.
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Said this before but i'll say it again.

I was 12 years old and a DNR ranger came to our school for a presentation and afterwards in the q&A session i ask if they are any black panthers in Ga. He said he didnt think so but ya never know and i replied well i seen one sat. morning and there is one that screams behind my house all the time at night.
Next thing i know after the show he was wanting to know how i knew it was a panther and i said "cuz i shot at him with my 20 gauge sat." I said i can show you a track and low an behold that got his attention....the next morning he was back with some more guys and my dad carried him to our back feild that i had seen him in and they took plaster molds of the tracks...now in fairness i have to say the black panther is not correct, they look black but actually are a dark brown if you look at them closer than 100 yrds(which is about the distance i shot at him..hah)

they are panthers in ga, i got no reason to lie about it and if you think im full of it well im sorry. just telling what happened.
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I can tell you that there have been one or two located , seen and watched in Seminole County, Ga. Belief is they cam cross the Chatt from Fl. I know one stayed for years around river rd..
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This is the first time I have tried to talk to any body here but I believe that this website I am gonna turn loose on yall will hopefully open the minds of some. Now I personally have never seen any big cats here or know anybody who has but the videos on this site are pretty clear that anythang is possible. These cats are in Mississippi and Alabama.
http://www.thejump.net/multimedia/cougar/cougar.htm
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Just goes to show you how some people think....."If I haven't seen it, it don't exist".
Using that logic; I have never seen a wild alligator in Georgia. Does that mean they don't exist?
Only narrow minded people insist that something does not exist based entirely on their ignorance of a particular subject. Unfortunately they are usually the most vocal also.
A lot of people write about "facts" here disputing the existance of cougar, moutain lions, panthers etc. The only "facts" I have read is that those people repeat hearsay from someone else that they don't exist. Not one "fact" has been expressed.
Not one wildlife bioligist has come forward to say that there is not a doubt that they do not exist in Georgia. In fact they offer reasons why people might be seeing them. Migrated from Florida, got loose from someone, etc.
To the people that are being so insulting to the people that have seen them, all I can say is; "Better to keep ones mouth shut and appear a fool, than to open ones mouth and remove all doubt".
I believe in God, though I have never seen him in person. Using the logic of the naysayers, I must be a crackpot for believing that God is here in Georgia.
I'm not trying to rile anyone, just asking that tolerence be shown to others. Just because you haven't seen something in person, does not mean it doesn't exist.
To me it is more believable to hear about these sightings than to read about all the monster bucks that got away. The same people that report the big bucks, did have a chance to "prove" the big buck existed if they were hunting but failed to by way of a book full of excuses. Why is it that they might be more believable?
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I can tell you that there have been one or two located , seen and watched in Seminole County, Ga. Belief is they cam cross the Chatt from Fl. I know one stayed for years around river rd..
I've saw that one before in the mid '90s. Also saw one on Three Notch Rd in Seminole County during the same time period and he was also seen by my father on the same night. Last year I also saw a med-light colored on Yates Spring Rd on the Miller/Seminole County. I saw a Florida panther on I-10. My Great Grandad was a Ranger and he saw them. My dad remembers seeing them and hearing them before Lake Seminole was backed up and the before it was trailor park central. The lady that works for my mom saw one walking throught the field in from of her house in Mayhaw. Her husband is a Decon and she is very active in the church so I doubt she lied. She called the DNR and they told her she was mistaken.


I remember everyone saying their were no armidillo's in Georgia or skunks....so I could careless if anyone believes me.
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One was seen "cougar" here in winder near the airport about two years ago by two guys that I worked with very reliable. We went out looking for it and found tracks in the mud.
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Muddy -You are correct, it was in the late 80's-early 90's. I graduated in 88 and deer hunted that area frequently after school. Several of the guys I hunted with had seen him, and I know they would not lie nor would they have any reason to. You from Seminole? Pm me I would like to see if we know each other as I am sure we have some familiar friends..
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I wish someone could explain to me in depth why any animal, in this case a cougar or panther wont cross the state line? As I posted years ago, I saw one at our family farm in Brooks County. "Take a picture" sure thing, why dont you "take a picture or it doesnt exist" guys make sure to get a picture of the next falling star you see, or perhaps the next car accident as it happens in front of you. I was on a tractor hauling hay, didn't think to CARRY MY CAMERA. My Mom and Dad didn't believe me until they walked up on the cat a few days later. Believe what you want to but do not tell me what I saw. God has blessed me with absolutely perfect vision. Our farm borders an 8900 acre plantation. In my forty two years I have seen two GADNR folks in the area. Tell me again why there can't be any Panthers living there?
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Muddy -You are correct, it was in the late 80's-early 90's. I graduated in 88 and deer hunted that area frequently after school. Several of the guys I hunted with had seen him, and I know they would not lie nor would they have any reason to. You from Seminole? Pm me I would like to see if we know each other as I am sure we have some familiar friends..
Sure am, Ole Green and White alum from '96. Not much on the deer hunting but I was born with waders on.

It's funny how a couple of people in the same area see the samething during the same time period and only know of each other yet someone from 5 or 6 hours away claim we are crazy.

I think the traffic, urban sprawl, skyscrapers, 4-lanes, techno music, gel head, collar poppin, BMW driving, mocochino drinking,.............I better hush before.

I'm just picking on ya'll ATL folks....
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Could you just post some pictures?

How many have you seen?

Do they hang out in the same place all the time?

Any info would be helpful.
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Who freakin cares......either post up some real pics or just drop it.

To the point I can honestly believe there is panthers in S. Georgia. Other than that don't give me this crap about seeing a black panther in Metro Atlanta, the last time that happened was when Malcom X was in town
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Ted Turner Released several moutain lions on his Plantaion in Jefferson County, Fla, north of Hiway 27 and east of Tallahassee. This was a few years back. This did happen because he was fined by FWC. Made the local news down here. Don't know how many. But their have been sighting as far north as Thomas and Brooks in GA over the years.

Local legend has it that two Echols county hunters killed one with a tracking collar on it and then hauled around for a half a day before buring it their back yard. Don't know if I believe they killed one but can believe they haul it and the collar around and then buried it in their back yard
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I see em all the time. When they stop at an intersection, their hubcaps keep turning on those oversized wheels. This isn't Mexifornia....YA KNOW..!

I'd be more worried about Floridas Burmese Pythons. Now that's something that's been confirmed without a doubt.
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One ran across the road in front of me a few years ago near Hillsborough in the National forest. It was late spring and I had been dog training. It was about 11:00 am and I was just poking along in my truck in no hurry. Several rabbits had run across the road when all of a sudden this panther or cougar jumped from one bank across the road, landed at the far ditch then jumped up the other bank and was gone. Happened in just a heartbeat. It was amazing just how quick it appeared then disappeared.
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Me and a friend were bow hunting in Columbus last year and he turned around and looked behind him and there was a black panther sitting on a rock looking straight at him 20 yards away. He yelled at it and moved trying to scare it off but it just sat there till after dark. He said all he could see after dark were green eyes looking at him. We were camping and slept with a shotgun the rest of the time.
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Old 05-22-2007, 12:51 AM
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What part of Muscogee County were you hunting?
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Old 08-18-2007, 08:33 AM
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I believe it is possible there are a few cougars/panthers in Ga, a sustainable population? Not so much. Any animal can leave its home range I.E. Florida. I do not believe there are any Black Panthers that were not someones pet at some time. For those complaining about not being able to take a picture..You make the claim, the burden of proof falls to you. If I claim to have a winning lottery ticket should Galotto not ask for proof??
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