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Is it possible - ------ #8031330 09/24/12 09:21 AM
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That someone owns a Black Panther up in Long branch creek on Lake Fork? Was in the McDonalds (so not drinking or anything, LOL) but just around surise but still pretty dark, my pard & I heard a rather weird pissed off cat call, you know, like you've heard angry cats before, but this one was real gutteral, and just a bit different, while fishing in Long Branch Creek.
Later, about 8:00AM, while fishing along and just enjoying a very beautiful East TX morning, movement catches my eye, and sure enough up in the woods, about 75 yards away, I see a HUGE Black cat just strolling along up in a cleared area towards the back of the creek. Now I've been doing this quite a few years, and have seen a good bit of wildlife, but this was a little different, as big as a dog, with a long tail sweeping the ground - this was NO housecat - at 75 yards away, was pretty clear it was alot BIGGER than any housecat.

Huh? Surely there isn't a Panther, Puma, Mountain Lion loose around this area.

Anyone with any knowledge of somebody owning one of these things there?

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It's very possible there is a jaguar running loose with humans encroaching on its hunting range. IMO it probably came across the river from Mexico and has found a fertile food source. It might be getting its protein from ferrel hogs.


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Originally Posted By: Joe D
It's very possible there is a jaguar running loose with humans encroaching on its hunting range. IMO it probably came across the river from Mexico and has found a fertile food source. It might be getting its protein from ferrel hogs.
The ferrel hog thing plays into this pretty well I think, I was watching one of the DFW TV news broadcast a while back and they did a story about a study that TP&W had done on these big kitties and from that study they had determined that big kitties were in every county in Texas for the most part. I've actually seen one; mountain lion, here in Delta County while coming home from work in a place where I would have never thought to see something like that, a fairly populated area too......We have tons of ferrel hogs so a big kitty would have a never ending supply of food.......there have been several spotted up in Lamar County too just north of me....

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Originally Posted By: Joe D
It's very possible there is a jaguar running loose with humans encroaching on its hunting range. IMO it probably came across the river from Mexico and has found a fertile food source. It might be getting its protein from ferrel hogs.


There isn't a jaguar running around lake fork. And if there was it wouldn't be black.

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I saw a huge black panther early one morning crossing the street on my way to Lake Texoma.

It was close to the dam in a low area creek, that is used for the spillway overflow.

Very large cat.

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my daughter saw a panther/mountain lion/puma/big cat at Lake Tawokani & there have been other sightings there


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colleyville had one years back. was hanging around the nature center running the creek bottoms.


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Originally Posted By: Bass Bug
my daughter saw a panther/mountain lion/puma/big cat at Lake Tawokani & there have been other sightings there


I work in the oilfield about 75 mi south of Dallas and drive out in wild places a lot, anyway, I see them all the time .... sometimes 2-3 times a year.

They are not jaguars!

I call them mountain lions or Cougars, but the same cat is called a Panther or Puma


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It could be a BassCat....just sayin'


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Big cats and gators....you'd think this would help relieve just a little bit of pressure there on The Fork...


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I've seen the yellow colored cat, and I have heard of people seeing the black ones.

They have a large territory...so I hear.


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I saw one on caney creek a few years back, big cats have always been in the area, there populations are way down from years ago however.

In the 1800's they were pretty much wiped out as people hunted them to darn near extinction in Texas

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not surprised. i hunt in anderson county and have seen two mountian lions there. i have also seen one in cooke county. my friend lives by lake texoma and has seen one a few times there it almost killed both his dogs one night. i have herd of black ones in east texas but i have never personally seen a black one.

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Re: Is it possible - ------ [Re: MtnHm203] #8031849 09/24/12 02:23 PM
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Lol post this on the hunting forum, you will definitely get answers!!


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