Below is the latest batch of black panther sightings reported to me by readers. As always, I can't verify the veracity of each claim but I present them here as anecdotal evidence that something is out there matching the description of what are commonly called black panthers.
Most of the reports continue to come in the form of comments to posts about the subject. I would remind those who want to make a report, or discuss anything with me, that I am unable to reply to a comment. If you are wanting me to reply directly to you, which I will be glad to do, you will need to send me an email. The address is Texascryptidhunter@yahoo.com. I'll get back to you as soon as I can. Now, on to the latest reports.
From: Grimes County, Texas
Date Submitted: January 12, 2012
"I saw a large black cat within 20 yards of my car sitting in the middle of our dirt road in Grimes County the day before Thanksgiving. Yesterday a large deer was hung in our fence. We cut her out but she had a badly broken leg and we had to shoot her. Went back this afternoon to drag her off into the woods. Saw hugh cat prints and found her about 25 yards away........ only bones left....... Weird. Should we contact the Parks and Wildlife Dept?"
From: Cass County, Texas
Date Submitted: January 19, 2012
"Back in late November 2011 I was able to get a picture of the head of a black panther on my game camera.This animal has been hanging around here for several years. We live in the Cass County area just southeast of Atlanta,Texas. Everyone I have shown the picture to says it is a black panther,You be the judge."
- Kathy Holcomb
From: Quitman, Texas
Date Submitted: February 10, 2012
"Outside Quitman Texas, Have seen Paw prints and steaming feces in a pine thicket in a moist sand spot in a gas line right away and feces were on top of the track.Dogs and cats have vanished and found a colt head in woods covered by leaves and dirt. Ask cousin if anybody had lost a colt lately he said no.They have seen black cats on several occasions and I found a tree stripped of bark ,it wasn't done by a deer in rut.Had a strange experience in that area on deer hunt about 8:30 in morning.Slight southerly breeze. Something came over hill and down the gully where a tree had fallen on the fence.I was sitting in a tree over looking a sandy about 50 yards away road crossing and never got to see it.Every bird type in area was concentrated in this area following what ever it was. It was so loud you could not hear and they weren't afraid of me as they landed all around me and on my gun barrel. Looked for tracks on road but found none,checked creek crossing found smudges going up bank."
From: Liberty County, Texas
Date Submitted: April 18, 2012
"My wife has seen a black panther twice in our back yard in liberty county, TX."
From: Pittsburgh, Texas
Date Submitted: April 20, 2012
"Starting late last year a good friend of mine has been seeing a large brown cat with long tail on his property in Pittsburgh, TX. Just a couple of months ago mid february their 110 lb. black lab\rotty mix (a real homebody layabout) disappeared. They fear he was killed by the cat, and have since spotted the animal 2 more times."
From: Fort Worth, Texas
Date Submitted: April 26, 2012
"Me and my wife have lived on the outer most western suburb of Fort Worth, Tx and a couple of years ago we had about three sightings of a mountain lion sized black cat. Any thoughts?"
As always, my thanks go out to those who have sent in reports. Again, if you would like to discuss what you saw or even have me come out and take a look around the sighting location and/or possibly put up some cameras send me an email.
Kathy Holcomb, if you are out there reading this I would love to see that picture you mentioned in your comment. You can email it to me at the address mentioned above. I have a lot of friends who are wildlife biologists who would like nothing better than to prove black panthers exist. I won't post the photo without your permission.
Keep the reports coming folks. Sooner or later we are going to get one of these cryptid cats on video or a photo.