Woman reports large black cat near Grovetown

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Columbia County authorities searched a wooded area near Grovetown on Tuesday after a woman reported seeing a large black cat weighing about 100 pounds.

"If it is a 100-pound cat, it's not domestic," said county Emergency Services Director Pam Tucker. "Whatever it was moved pretty quickly, which always seems to be the case with animals."

The report came in around noon Tuesday from a woman on Chastain Drive who saw the large cat near the pond at the John Deere plant off Horizon South Parkway. Officers who responded found nothing.

Each year, wildlife authorities in Georgia and South Carolina get dozens of reported sightings of panthers, but they are rarely confirmed with any documentation, such as droppings, pawprints or a fresh kill.

Sightings of large, black cats are even more perplexing. Panthers, which live in the West and still have a small population in Florida, are not known to have a black phase. Jaguars, however, do have a black phase, but those creatures are native to South America.

Vic VanSant, a regional wildlife biologist for Georgia's Wildlife Resources Division, has said his office investigates calls each year from people who believe they have seen a panther.

There was an incident in 1995 when federal wildlife authorities experimented with the release of 10 transplanted Western panthers in northern Florida's vast wilderness. One traveled into Georgia and ended up in Burke County.

The panther then meandered south toward Statesboro before returning to Burke County, then followed the Brier Creek drainage into McDuffie County, where it lingered for a few days near Thomson.

Eventually, it made its way to the Clarks Hill Wildlife Management Area near Thurmond Lake, where biologists recaptured it in February of that year and returned it to Florida. During its travels in this part of the state, the panther never generated a single reported sighting, Mr. VanSant said.

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Ole School
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Ole School 10/01/08 - 04:13 am
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Its Deer season, I can see it

Its Deer season, I can see it now ........here kitty kitty kitty ......no, they are beautiful creatures , I hope no one kills it! IF ITS THERE !

WISE-OLE-OWL
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WISE-OLE-OWL 10/01/08 - 04:33 am
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October......Halloween.......

October......Halloween.......Economy troubling......Not a good time for a 100 pound BLACK cat if you happen to be superstitious!!

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patriciathomas 10/01/08 - 04:49 am
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Georgia has a panther native

Georgia has a panther native to the mountain region. I got to see a couple being nursed back to health at the Yellow River Game Preserve near stone mountain. They were beautiful.

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justputtin 10/01/08 - 05:09 am
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Oh brother, I've got MY own

Oh brother, I've got MY own bracelet too.

clearview
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clearview 10/01/08 - 05:26 am
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It was a Carolina Panther

It was a Carolina Panther returning from beating an Atlanta Falcon

christian134
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christian134 10/01/08 - 05:40 am
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These are beautiful

These are beautiful creatures...Heard one, as a youngster, near our home...It sounded just like a woman screaming...Was very frightening...Wow that memory was a long time ago...:-)

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 10/01/08 - 05:50 am
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There have been sightings of

There have been sightings of one or some along the Savannah River in Burke and Richmond County. I've talked with DNR and the people who have seen one!

55 F-100
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55 F-100 10/01/08 - 06:31 am
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A black panther spotted in

A black panther spotted in Grovetown? And I thought that NObama had chosen to eschew active campaigning in Georgia!!!

SupremeChancellor
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SupremeChancellor 10/01/08 - 06:33 am
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What a coincidence that this

What a coincidence that this is reported right after Monster Quest has an episode where they search for a mysterious large black cat.

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Auburn123 10/01/08 - 06:33 am
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It's a big Tom cat.

It's a big Tom cat.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 10/01/08 - 07:09 am
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There are panthers in this

There are panthers in this area, when I was a kid living in Emanuel County we had just finished cleaning a deer and my grandmother shouted OMG ya'll look and it was the biggest cat I had ever seen, it strolled slowly across the field behind our house, came over where the blood was on the ground from the deer, licked it up for a while then strolled slowly back in the woods, this cat weighed more than 100 pounds and it's tail hung as long behind it as it was. It wsa beautiful but scary, hunters had claimed to have seen them before but until then I had never seen one.

reruns
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reruns 10/01/08 - 07:11 am
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If anyone has seen my black

If anyone has seen my black cat please return him to.....

reruns
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reruns 10/01/08 - 07:16 am
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he goes by the name Rocky

he goes by the name Rocky

thistownisunbelievable
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thistownisunbelievable 10/01/08 - 08:02 am
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I knew a guy who claimed to

I knew a guy who claimed to have seen one of these things between Harlem and Appling while deer hunting. I thought he was seeing things. Maybe not.

getalife
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getalife 10/01/08 - 08:11 am
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Several people have reported

Several people have reported seeing a black panther on Germany Creek outside Thomson. DNR always disputes their sightings, but the people reporting are honest people and it would be hard to mistake a fox squirrel, raccoon, or skunk for a 100 pound panther.

1trugent
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1trugent 10/01/08 - 08:14 am
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When I was young, Bigfoot

When I was young, Bigfoot attacked my camper up in Va. I'll have to say that was the single most scariest night of my life. I wish I could of taken its picture so you would believe me.

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takeme2 10/01/08 - 08:20 am
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wow tht was pretty racist 55!

wow tht was pretty racist 55! Hope we don't see your kind at the poll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

takeme2
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takeme2 10/01/08 - 08:20 am
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wow tht was pretty racist 55!

wow tht was pretty racist 55! Hope we don't see your kind at the poll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

takeme2
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takeme2 10/01/08 - 08:21 am
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wow tht was pretty racist 55!

wow tht was pretty racist 55! Hope we don't see your kind at the poll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

confederate american
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confederate american 10/01/08 - 08:30 am
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panthers have been coming

panthers have been coming through this area in the fall since i was a boy,they are just passing through

GuyIncognito
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GuyIncognito 10/01/08 - 08:43 am
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Why does everything have to

Why does everything have to be about race with you people?! Panthers, jaguars, can't we all just get along?

AsItIs
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AsItIs 10/01/08 - 08:57 am
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Stands to reason there would

Stands to reason there would be a big black cat near Grovetown. I know witch who lives there! Boo, ya'll!!

ToomuchmoneyIhave
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ToomuchmoneyIhave 10/01/08 - 09:21 am
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It was RCR going for a

It was RCR going for a stroll.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 10/01/08 - 09:34 am
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People report seeing them

People report seeing them because they are out there and they have been for years. It's not to hard to imagine that there are alot of things in the woods, animals escape from zoos or people have unusual animals for pets get tired of them and turn them loose, no telling what types of cats are roaming the woods. I don't think that people have a reason to lie about seeing a cat, big foot maybe but not a big cat.......

1trugent
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1trugent 10/01/08 - 09:44 am
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No. Really. Bigfoot really

No. Really. Bigfoot really did invade our camp and attack our camper.

Rob Pavey
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Rob Pavey 10/01/08 - 10:16 am
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Maybe it wasn't a panther at

Maybe it wasn't a panther at all, but a Jaguarundi - a pantherlike cat indignenous to South and Central America, but which has been found in Texas and other areas north of the Mexican border. They are much smaller than a panther, but have a similar profile. Or, there's always a chance it was a big ole long-tailed hound dawg sniffing his way on the trail of something he found interesting....

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Riverman1 10/01/08 - 10:35 am
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With the increasing deer

With the increasing deer population over the years, I don't doubt many predators have moved into the area.

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realistineducation 10/01/08 - 10:39 am
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every bubba in grovetown will

every bubba in grovetown will be out with their shotguns looking to kill and innocent animal now.

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steve-o 10/01/08 - 11:59 am
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Shotguns aren't very good

Shotguns aren't very good weapons for a longer distance shot on a black panther. A rifle is a much better choice. One could take out said panther easily at 300 yards with a scoped deer rifle. Hugs!

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change display name 10/01/08 - 12:37 pm
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Maybe it heard about the

Maybe it heard about the alligator in Brown's pond and wanted to check it out...

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