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The Last Panther in Alabama – or was he?

The Last Panther In Alabama

(Written exactly as told)

from Gibbons Family News Letter

submitted by

Dorothy Clark


Way back, sometime around 1902 -1908, the last known panther was killed in Alabama near the Jimmy Gibbons farm. A neighbor was coming up through Jimmy’s corn field when he saw some enormous tracks. He ran to the house and excitedly called for Jimmy to come see what he had found.black_panther-t2

They examined the trail through the head high corn and decided that, even though no one in those parts had ever seen one, something that made tracks that large had to be a panther. All the neighbors were warned that danger was afoot in the area. The children and farm animals were kept inside and hunting parties scoured the country side for the panther.

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There was no sight of the animal but they found lots of tracks around the various farms. After searching for five days they finally spotted the panther and someone got off a killing shot. The hunters were jubilant. They had protected their families and farms from a dangerous predator. They were so proud they loaded the body into a wagon and drove into Prattville to show off their trophy.great_dane

As the wagon rolled past the hotel, a finely dressed man came rushing out. He took one look at the body and started wailing. “You have killed him. He is the only one we had. I will never be able to replace him.” Turns out that a circus was in town and a Great Dane dog had escaped the side show

The above is an excerpt from the Gibbons Family Reunion News Letter. The historian sends out a notice each year for the September Reunion in Slapout, Alabama, usually at Cain’s Chapel United Methodist Church. She also included a few stories and history on this family.

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  1. Bonnye Thomas

    The story will not load for me to read it, but I can promise you the last was not back then. I saw one up close on my land in 1984.

    1. I also saw one about 20 years ago on Hwy 31 North Baldwin County.

  2. Tammy Jackson

    One was recently spotted in Ohatchee, Alabama. Several people have also heard it on many occasions.

  3. Marynell Hamilton Morris

    dont know if i would say the last we have one that lives in a cave on a farm in priceville mountain Al i have saw it onces myself

  4. I do not bolieve he was the last one

  5. i saw one in walker county about 6 years ago. my ex husband told me about them being out in nauvoo ,but i didnt believe him, thinking he was talking about a puma. a few days later i saw one cross the road.

    1. hello . there are still black panther here in walker county off 269 . it was a young one . it walk across my back yard in September of 2019 . it is still around .

  6. I saw cougar in Marshall Co last fall. I have also heard him on several occasions.

  7. Linda Dulin

    That is wrong!!! I was on the way to Birmingham and saw a big yellow one that was hit by a car. On the land we hunted in Dallas County there was a yellow and a black one seen.

  8. Nicole Hudgins Law

    If you read the story, you will see it’s not really about a panther. It’s rather funny.

  9. Nicole Hudgins Law

    If you read the story, you will see it’s not really about a panther. It’s rather funny.

  10. Susan Lambeth Bryan

    When I was a child in escambia co .we lived BT the creek. We heard panthers all the time

  11. Kenneth H. Haughton

    1958-59 – turkey hunting near the confluence (meeting) of the Cahaba River with the Alabama River in Dallas County – a larger than me panther, inky black,, cleared a 15 foot leap from a tree and scampered away, flash, gone that quick. Yes, I could have shot him but I reflected upon the fact that he had a better than good chance to kill me but had passed it up.. this sorta makes us even…

  12. JC Walker

    I seen. One. 15Year. Ago

  13. Ray Perry

    Saw one… Near Jim Walter #7
    3 months ago…

  14. Ray Perry

    Saw one 1am @ Macintosh
    3 years ago with a patrol car
    beside me…

  15. Jeremy Ingram

    I can say for a fact in the mid 70’s there were still panthers in Houston county, al….my uncle was chased by one and my mother and father was a witness to it ….

  16. Remember Tuscumbia

    Some up on Colbert Hts mountain

  17. Shelby Smith Mosley

    It is very obvious very very few actually read the story.

    1. The misleading headline is the problem, not the article. I can see that happening for sure with the way people get terrified and make mistakes but yet there are definitely still panthers in that state as recently as last year.

  18. Jason B Jennings

    Jason Hollingsworth,Jimmy Mize,Lowell Buford

  19. Deborah Hampton Coleman

    We have black Panthers in Blount county

  20. Larry Singleton
  21. Chris Lauderdale

    I’ve seen a black panther twice in north Alabama on hwy 99.

  22. Jason Hodge

    I read the story and found it quite funny but the fact is the myth of them being gone is that a myth. I heard one killing a neighbors calf when I was 13 a sound that I will never forget . And 3 years ago while Turkey hunting on Big Creek me and my son watched one stalk up on the birds we were calling….. Chills ! Coffee County , Al.

  23. Janet H. Hinton

    There was a black one several years ago near Ozark, AL.

  24. Dave Patterson

    My dad and I were hunting on the Warrior River in about 1959. Never seen him so scared in my life, when we heard one scream!

  25. Adam Ensign

    Good story, poor puppy……But yes, we have cougar here in Alabama. Saw one on Straight Mt above Springville. Heard another in Gadsden. Sheila the lion at Noccalula falls park went into heat, she made this deep loud meowing noise. On the second or third night, she started getting a response from down in the canyon. Never got a good look, but I did notice that I was being followed as I made my rounds, and finally saw a pair of eyes with my spotlight.

    1. The responses here are about black panthers—not cougars, pumas, or mountain lions, or juiced up bobcats. Panthers—BLACK.

  26. Craig Bell

    There are lots and lots of eye witness accounts of “panthers” in Alabama, but no photographic evidence or physical evidence. With everyone having cameras on their phones, someone should get a photo of one with the GPS data embedded. That would be proof. I hear lots of accounts of road kill “panthers” but there’s never any evidence of one for DCNR to pick up.
    There may be one or two, once captive cougars, that have been turned lose, but that does not mean we have cougars in Alabama. There was a cobra turned loose near Birmingham a few years back, but we don’t have cobras in Alabama.
    I hope we do have cougars returning to Alabama, but there’s no evidence to support it.

  27. I’ve seen plenty of Great Danes in Alabama.

  28. Blake Whitt

    Poop dog but to respond to all those who have commented they are black mountain lions I killed one as a boy in 94 I was 12 it had killed some of our calves in sand valley my mom called the game warden n he took it n sent it off for studying but latter told us what it was

  29. Chris Isbell

    NOPE ! not then maybe after 1967 ?

  30. Jakob Burkett

    This is a lie. I’m saw one from my bedroom window one night in 2006, in south Alabama. Literally a mile above the Florida line.

    1. Kip Lease

      I seen a few in Baldwin County myself. Stapleton area Jakob.

    2. Jakob Burkett

      They are all over down hear. People just don’t see them because they are smarter than we are.

    3. Deborah O

      The article does say “or was he?” The animal found and killed was a dog.

    4. Jakob Burkett

      Yes, I read the article. Tell me something else I know.

  31. Brandi Elliott Ragan

    Those people seriously couldn’t tell the difference in a big dog & a big cat????

  32. Patsy Caldwell Kenney

    No it couldn’t have been the last one. We heard them down on the river at my mom’s house when I was a child back in three 60s. The cry would make the hair on the back of your neck stand out. It sounded like a woman scream! Then in the mid 80s, two friends, my husband, and I were going the back roads near my parents home and one ran into the road in front of us. My husband and the guy got out of the car to look for it because it went up a big bank as it crossed the road. It ran out of the woods again near our car.

  33. Timbo Wolfe

    Nope. In 1973 I was hunting rabbits in south Mobile county. Near the head of south deer river. I saw a Black panther. Sounded like a baby crying. Never forget it!

    1. Rick Bozeman

      No panther sounds like a baby crying but a bleating fawn does

    2. Timbo Wolfe

      It was a female with young. Deen her with her her with my own two eyes. I have heard the sound you are referring to. I know what I saw.

  34. Marlon Long

    In Clarke County in Coffeeville, Alabama they say you can still hear a Panther scream at night close to the Tombigbee river. i was driving thru Coffeeville one night about 2:00 AM and just East of the town about a couple miles out i saw something black cross the road and jump onto a red clay bank, and i hit the brakes and turned the car lights toward the bank and the big cat paused and turned it’s head and looked at me and it had yellow eyes and it was true it was a Panther. He looked at me a few seconds and then turned and ran off into the woods. This was back in 1987. Folks in Coffeeville always said you could hear Panthers scream at night deep in the woods and they were real. So, it was true! The High School Mascot was a Panther. The school closed a few years ago because the town was small. But the town folks today will tell you stories about those Panthers if you ask…

  35. Shannon Clark Watkins

    One has been seen in Jefferson, Walker area this past year

  36. Wayne Stewart

    I know I saw one it was somewhere in the early 70’es in south Alabama .

  37. Janet H. Hinton

    I heard one and my neighbor saw it on the outskirts of Ozark, AL, several years ago.

  38. Jack Brewer

    No sirree…not gone..

  39. Brett Smith

    Those are bobcat calls I bet.

  40. Donna Hamilton

    They still live in Brookwood AL! My husband and I saw one a few years ago close to the creek. A few months ago one came to our house and killed our chickens on two different occasions.

  41. Audrey Taylor Brock

    Seen one driving home in 1995 Fayette Lamar .

  42. Jimmy May

    I saw one south of Uniontown in the early 80’s.

  43. All one can do is lol. Nonsense!

  44. Yet, nobody ever sees a dead one. Hmmm.

  45. Jeff Boles

    I have seen them in west mobile they must be coming back

  46. Johney Hubbert

    They r still here in Fayette Co.

  47. Brian Moore

    There is video of several panthers around Ft. McClellan around Anniston. Black bears and other wild cats too.

  48. Joshua Sanders

    We have a mountain lion on the state property at the prison where I work I have seen it once, it is about 200 lbs and fawn colored, my two superiors seen it to

  49. Jimmy Reynolds

    They are in Alabama. I have personally seen them.

  50. Angie Barnett

    I was driving through Bankhead forest 2013 and saw one. It was close to winston co line just inside lawrence co off of hwy 33.

  51. Robert Prince

    My mother lived way back in the woods and was even more country than Loretta Lynn used to tell a story about shooting at Painters trying to get in the house, years later I realized she meant Panther.

  52. Allen Maddox

    In alabama it’s kinda like Bigfoot. No one from fish/game will believe it until someone drags a dead one in as proof. I know that I’ve seen a large black cat three times here in Cullman Co. Same area each time so it may be the same animal but who knows.

    1. Jakob Burkett

      Read my comment. I know that scream anywhere..

    2. Doug Jones

      Yes. I’m in Cullman Co & a black cat has been seen numerous times on secluded areas of our property. The Wildlife people don’t acknowledge it tho – get a pic they say.

  53. Terry Morton

    They are here, I have seen three in Bibb County

  54. Dixie Roberts

    I live in Winston county, I’ve seen them there & in Lawrence County also, both are in North Ala. ..

  55. Donna D. Key

    There are still “large cats” other than bob cats in Alabama.

  56. Tracy Johnson

    They are here in Samantha, Alabama

  57. Charles Brogden

    There are Panthers in Butler Co Alabama!!

    1. Syble Cranford

      They are in Bullock Co. also guys. When I lived in Union Springs and worked at the hospital, the newspaper reported some people in town seeing one cross their yard and even took photos of it which were placed in the newspaper. Black Panthers are still in Alabama and I hope no one shoots them. They are too rare to find these days. By the way, the years I speak of were between 2000 and 2012.

    2. Syble Cranford

      Clark Co. Alabama and the town of Butler is next door to Marengo County where I grew up and many a time I have heard their screams in the night in the little town of Thomaston where I grew up.

  58. John Barbara Vaughan

    Heard one as a child in Coffee Co. ,Al.

  59. Rwandall West

    I’v seen one out lot road in eight mile ala

  60. Porky Graham

    I saw one in Coosa county around 1968 or 69.

  61. Keith Harris

    There still in N.Alabama……They are not scared of humans …..

  62. Robert Earl Jones

    saw one on Beaver creek in Marengo county in 1963, also one in Mississippi just Accross the Alabama line a few years ago on the Chickasaw river

  63. Michael Camp

    Winston/Franklin county line … not to far from Bankhead. I and other friends have seen

    1. Michael Camp

      Independently seen them crossing hwy 243 and cr 93. I know I have seen them multiple times over the years. Unlike bigfoot/etc … this is a known creature simply rare and out of its range(according to science).

    1. Johnny Long

      I should of dropped it in that field to end this debate about them existing.

  64. Rosa Foxworthy

    We have seen a mom an her baby back in the spring.

  65. Randy H Siggers

    There still panthers in clay co. Al ….

  66. Elizabeth Hardee

    There are panthers in Tunnel Springs !!!!

  67. Van Smith

    Did y’all read the whole story?

  68. Deborah O

    We still have them in Madison County. They swim the Elk River in Lincoln County, too. We also have wolves.

    1. Deborah O

      Doubt if you wish. I watch them play in the fields here and one visits my house now and then circling my garage. My border collie was smart enough to lay flat on the porch and not make a peep when it came.

  69. Tim Silvey

    I seen two in autauga county and a bear

  70. Donna Faison Rock

    Escambia County AL has them around Atmore- McCullough area! My mom heard one at their house when she was a teenager. Said it sounded like a woman screaming!

  71. Mark Thompson

    That was no Great Dane I saw it was a panther!!

  72. David McDade

    They are on the Degussa property in South Mobile county. But if you read they story it was a dog they shot not a panther. Lol

  73. Butch Cullins

    I seen Bigfoot chasing a panther right before a I run over a chupacabra in the Talladega national forest.

  74. Carlo Tinon

    There’s was least one in Shelby county 5 years ago.

  75. Adam Bowling

    Bankhead has them in it.

  76. Betsy Dill

    Mountain lion in the southern Bankhead Forest, let it stay, less coyote!

  77. I know there’s two in Macon county

  78. Scott C Walden

    No there is several where I live

  79. Mark Mhk

    Geneva county had one in the late 80s.

  80. Chester Ellison

    They do exist heavy south alabama in the swamps most of the time. Alabama wildlife will not speak about it.

  81. Laura Dean Love

    I saw a large- black cat lope across the road SE of Robertsdale Al

  82. Joe Mallory

    By far he is not! I have seen 3 in the last 5 years!

  83. Brenda Strickland

    Russell and Lee county too.

  84. Jimmie Rhoden

    There’s a plan for down here

  85. Kathie Bosarge

    saw one a couple of years ago in Washington co It was late not for sure exactly what kind it was big brown with a long curled tail. needless to say I stayed in my shooting house and waited for my ride

  86. Lynn A. Lunsford

    Seen 2 round Binion Creek area close to Northside. ….I know they are here

  87. Jimmie Rhoden

    there is one down here in Coffee County by the Johnson bridges on the Pea River,, last year we got lucky neighbor seen it and it had two cubs with it

  88. Rusty Breed
  89. Gina Teel Hudson

    Saw a Florida panther/cougar in Pike Road (just outside of Montgomery) about 15 years ago. Beautiful animal.

  90. Ray Zardoust

    Shoot there is I believe a family of them in Jackson County that migrates between skyline and bridgeport. I’ve seen heard them in Woodville

  91. Rita K. Caldwell

    They’re in Coosa County. I’ve seen one near Rockford and my son saw one near where we live.

  92. Lisa Knight Draughon

    Definitely here in Houston Co,!

  93. Rick Bozeman

    There has never ever been a documented birth of a black mountain lion. Only Jaguars may come in a black color phase and those are extremely rare. Jaguars in the United States of any color are rare. They may be seen if one is lucky in the south west in such places as southern Arizona but good luck if you’re trying to spot one there.

  94. Brandon Thornton

    When I was little back in the mid 70’s there was one or more of them near my grandmas house in Hale County near Greensboro, Alabama. We used to see huge paw prints at the pond.

  95. William Russ
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  97. Scott Anthony Collins

    Monroe county alabama still has them, I have seen two!!

  98. Craig Gaston

    No it wasn’t. I live in Ragland Alabama and one has been seen and herd around here for years.

  99. William Mulneix

    Shit. Come to Columbiana fools. My buddies and I got stalked by one of these sons of bitches for 2 miles on Highway 26. 2nd most terrifying night of my life man.

  100. Gregg Sanders

    I saw one about a month ago attempting to cross road. It was 5:30 pm so I saw it clearly. I’ve got a game camera picture of a cougar( mountain lion) from about 4 years ago. It was brown and at 7:00 am in morning. They are here.

  101. Billy Millwood

    Yes thy Winston county the more hogs the more cats!

  102. Shane Northcutt

    I have been face-to-face with one as I was coming out of my garage in Fairhope Al. Observed him for several minutes and he feared nothing also have several friends who have seen them crossing Highway 98 from one swamp to the next. They have always been here

  103. Susan Fowler

    They are still in Alabama. I have seen and heard them in Fayette County and Walker County.

  104. Sanders Fomby

    They are in tallpoosa co al.

  105. Joseph Eiland

    nope i have seen one in newsome sinks

  106. Liz Slay

    No we have seen two out where we live it’s been seen by several people folks don’t know what they talk

  107. Liz Slay

    Then u kill one they want to lock u up

  108. Shannon Smith

    I saw one dead on the side of Hwy 231 in Coosa County about 6 years ago! We’ve seen cougars near our land here as well.

  109. Darren O

    We Have one In Verbena alabama on some land we own.

  110. Chris Rogers

    I saw one of these run across Back Beach Road in Panama City Beach about 10 yeas ago.

  111. Rebecca Hall Lamon

    Nope, I’ve seen one in Fort Payne.

  112. Kenneth Willmon

    back when i was a kid in the fiftys we use to hear a scream my dad said it was a panther.

  113. Connie Diona McGee

    There here in Billingsley, Alabama, I’ve seen them my sister has seen them and they are in Clanton, Alabama too. My grandad has seen them on his property..

  114. Beau Pugh

    two or more in and around bay minette ala

  115. Kent Stewart

    They are still in Baldwin and Escambia Counties. One sited within the past two months.

  116. Myra Singleton Johnson

    This is not a “cute” story. Read the story. It’s not about the “last panther” in Alabama.

  117. Barbara Collette

    I think it is good for people to think they are gone because then they will not be looking to kill the panthers!!’

  118. Jimmy Bryant

    I saw one years ago at the turkey creek wildlife preserve

  119. Kenneth Tyler

    Saw one last year in Lee Co.

  120. Remember Tuscumbia

    several running around on Colbert Heights mountain in Colbert county

  121. Carol Lyn Churchill

    They are still seen! My mother was a hunter and told me she saw one out on a friends property who had also claimed to have seen the cat! Clanton, Alabama!

  122. Mark Holston

    Seen em running through a pasture in Grady Alabama so no they still exist

  123. Kevin Plunkett

    Dang did y’all not read it was a dog not a panther

  124. I saw one just below Aliceville about 15 years ago. My dad used to talk about hearing them scream while hunting in Tuscaloosa county in the 40’s.

  125. I seen a big black cat that looked like a panther, me and my best friend was driving down a dirt road near Brewton Alabama, we was going swimming the banks was high on both sides of us all of a sudden in front of us was a big…. Huge Black cat jumping from one Sid of the bank across the dirt road to the other side of the road. No I didn’t take a picture this was back in the early 90’s, camera phones didn’t exist and I didn’t take a camera every where I went. But one thing is for sure….. That cat could jump. It was so long and big stretched out. I will never forget that. I’m not sure exactly where we was in Brewton but I can see the banks on both sides of me and that beautiful huge black cat stretched out in mid jump and he landed on the other side of the bank. Weather it was a panther I don’t know, but it was not a regular black house cat. God it was so beautiful.

  126. Shot the circus dog lol.
    Black cats are here. I watched one for at least 10 mins walking around my granddaddy’s cow pasture in Heiberger 15 years ago, it’s paw print was bigger than my hand.

  127. Marlon Long

    You can still hear them scream late at night way deep in the woods close to the river at Coffeeville, Alabama…

  128. Ellis Dee

    I have seen one while hunting in Perry County. Was really cool. This was 5 or 6 years ago.

  129. JP Woodyard

    Seen one in Saraland Al apprx 10 years ago.

  130. Deborah O

    We have them. You just don’t see them. I live on the Al/TN state line. They swim the Elk River all the time. You can glimpse them while canoeing, and I know someone in Fife that has them on his property.

  131. Marsha Paul

    Yes! My son and I saw a black panther!!!

  132. Janet Morgan Smith

    Yes! My mother and I watched one in Autauga County long enough to retrieve a scope so we could see him better.

  133. Bob Sizemore

    I’ve seen a panther on two occasions, one with three babies.

  134. Ric Lindley

    Several have been spotted in the Heflin area.

    1. Serena Williams

      I live in the Boiling Springs area and I saw one on our property 8 years ago. When I called the game warden to ask about it they told me we don’t have black panthers. Wow what a lie!

  135. Joe Whatley

    Have seen them twice.

  136. Eddie Wergin

    I have seen 2 tan ones in Alabama but no black ones

  137. Lori Wilder Cline

    When I lived in Winfield we could hear them screaming near the river bed on our property. People around northwest al told me they saw them all the time but I never actually saw one

    1. Mitch Baggett

      One seen around Hackelburg last year .

    2. Banks Pope

      More than likely you proably did hear a member of the cat family…the Bobcat…who can scare the living daylights out of you if you’ve never heard one.

    3. Keven Williams

      Big cats don’t scream, they roar like lions

    4. Lori Wilder Cline

      i remember people at school told me they would see black panthers in the woods or walking across their yards. Seemed like wild claims but I guess they are just elusive animals. Older people would tell us it sounds like a woman screaming but louder and more terrifying than a bobcat. I’ve heard bobcats screaming and what I heard was louder. Not sure but could have been

    5. Julie Elkourie

      Yes I remember, the strange screams at night. When I went to visit my great aunt in Winfield. I was born there, and I know that people use to tell tall stories. But one early morning we could see what looked liked a panther crossing a field behind the house

  138. Peggy Reeves Dearmon

    Yes I have. Northeast Choctaw county!

  139. Michael Meredith

    I’ve seen 2 in my time in Russell county Alabama

  140. Jerry Cornelius

    Saw one in Boligee Al in the 80’s long enough to draw my bow. No I did not shoot.

  141. William Russ

    Yes they are a few in Alabama. 2 in Tuscaloosa county. if you hear one scream it will make the hair on you body stand out.

    1. Connie Mack

      Ive heard this sound in Geneva County!!

    2. Dottie Copeland Gibson

      if they are close to you they sound like a baby crying!

    3. Connie Mack

      When I heard the first scream,I just knew it was a woman,then I heard five more,exactly the same! I was bout to dial the number… but then I thought no way a woman would scream the exact same sounds over and over!

  142. Elene Crow

    I have seen three in my life in Clarke Co. last one was crossing road at day light about 15 years ago. I stopped to watch him but did not have a camera/phone with me at the time. I believe they travel through this area in early spring.

  143. Katherine Bailey Dobson

    One ran across the road in front of my car a year or so ago. I was shocked to see such a huge cat and told a neighbor who declared that what I saw was a panther. I live on Weeks Bay just off County Road #1 near Fairhope AL. My neighbor, who has lived here all her life, said they were common.

    1. Sharon Hackett

      I think they are supposedly in Florida, and being that close to the pan handle, probably was.

    2. Richard Morris

      Same story for me but I saw it on co rd 13 behind rock creek.

  144. Shaun Bridgmon

    There’s a couple reported in the Hueytown/Concord/Oak Grove area. Seen them twice in the last 8 years.

    1. Daniel Hogan

      My grandfather saw one at smith lake at clear creek campground about 24 yrs ago

  145. Billy Johnson Karen Connerton

    Yes about 12 to 15 years ago south of Andalusia, Al. Nothing but woods got 56 acres and between me and the river is nothing but 10’s of thousands of acres

  146. Keith Lovelace

    They are still here, at least one anyway.

  147. JoAnn Kyzer Doty

    I have not but spoke to so.some that did back in the early 2000s. Blount county. She said she saw a mother with a few young ones around her pond.

  148. Tami Sanford

    There is at least one in northern Fayette County, almost to the Winfield City Limits. It crossed the road in front of me on my way home one day. Late at night you could hear it screaming.

  149. Stanley N Faye

    Yes. One in Fayette Co.

  150. Teresa Terry Reeves

    Yes, Lawrence County Alabama on County Road 434.

  151. Mike Owen

    About 10 years ago, my parents had one jump out of a tree by their garage. Scared them to death! She asked around and other people had seen them too. She was told that the Dept. of Natural resources had released some to control the deer population (which I’m sure they will deny). They live in Lowndes county near Davenport.

  152. Chris Lyles

    I shot a werewolf on Sand Mountain once but it turned back into my neighbors dog by the time I got to it.

  153. Debora Windwalker

    They are still here just staying well hidden cause our sorry asses would kill them.

    1. I could take you to some places in Wilcox county where you could probably find anything.

  154. Pam Shiflett

    Live on Sand Mtn. The strip coal mining made me aware we had mountain lions. Took so much of their habitat, see them drinking from a man made pond.

    1. Pam Shiflett

      As a teenager we saw two black panthers at the old Marina at the BB Comer bridge. We were camping out, it was about two in the morning. Haven’t seen any since, and that’s been quiet a few years ago.

    2. Dennis Baker

      I used to live on Sand Mountain. I heard them many times camping on Lake Guntersville.

    3. Milinda Beam

      My son saw one close to our house, but wasn’t black.

    4. Milinda Beam

      We live out side of Section,Alabama.Sand Mountain too.

    5. Pam Shiflett

      Mine and Milinda’s was in Jackson County.

  155. Patricia Dempsey Reaves

    Yes. Saw one several years ago on highway 202 in broad daylight.

    1. Serena Williams

      Yes! That’s my area and I saw one 8 years ago in day light !

  156. Larry J Martin

    We heard them every night when I was 8 to 10 years old in Pelham, Weatherly now

  157. Lisa Wheat

    fayette county around 1981-82 backroads btwn Sulligent and Ttown

  158. Maggie Cannon

    They are alive a well.We saw one crossing the road.We live in the Boondocks.

  159. BryanJenn Burgett

    My dad and sister saw one in our home town few years ago

  160. Robert Miller

    Yes. Perdido, Baldwin County about 15 years ago.

    1. Jakob Burkett

      Saw one about 12 years ago at my house on West Road, just outside of Atmore. The neighborhood behind Wade Cox junkyard just before getting to the golf course.

  161. Blake Smith

    The last documented kill of a wild panther in Alabama was shot and killed by my great uncle A.D. Hare, on his farm near Ragland in 1948.
    I have the photograph and the newspaper article I would post the article if I could.

    1. Kathie Wiegert

      Blake Smith, I keep trying to clean the little wisp of hair off my screen. Lol!

    2. Blake Smith

      Sorry…….not sorry lol

    3. Stan Burnett

      I saw one while deer hunting in the Brierfield community of Bibb county back around 1995 solid black long black tail.

  162. Judy Maharrey

    I did when I was a child

  163. Doug Snow

    Black Panthers made a comeback in Alabama in the 1960’s. Many were seen in the larger cities marching in civil rights demonstrations. They could be identified by their tell tail raised fist, black beret and black clothing. There has been a big increase in Black Panther activity nationwide with the new BLM movement

    1. Jesse Littleton

      Yep saw quite a few at Woodlawn High School in 1972-3

    2. Keven Williams

      And they’re horrible and need to be extinct

  164. Blake Smith

    Half the people in the State claim to have seen or heard a panther. Yet no one has ever taken a picture that could be positively identified as a panther, much less a body. There must be hundreds, maybe thousands of game cameras set up all across the State. Out of all the thousands of pics taken by trail cams taken every week not a single picture of a panther has shown up. Where the heck are they?

    1. Keith Pate

      There’s a guy in Cullman county that has pics from his game camera..the camera was around Jones chapel if I remember right

    2. Michael Chaney

      Don’t know about the pictures but I saw one. It was bright daylight, in an open field at about 100 yards. This was before phone cameras and game cameras.

    3. Pam Shiflett

      I’ve seen pictures, but I was only a teen when I saw them, before cameras were attached to everyone’s hand.

    4. Pam Shiflett

      Also, we have red fox, ever seen one of them? Bobcats? A lot of animals are elusive. Just because we don’t have hard evidence, don’t believe they are not out there.

    5. Pam Shiflett

      Keith Pate I think those were the last pics I saw.

    6. Jakob Burkett

      Saw one about 10:30 one night around 12 years ago outside city limits of Atmore. I was in my room and heard something outside my window. Behold, about 15 yards from my window under the street light, a panther. This was in the country surrounded by pasture and trees, and the closet house to mine is a good 300 yards. Yes, they are here.

    7. Sharon Hackett

      Pam Shiflett, I’ve seen fox on my property twice in the past few years. They are very quiet, sneaky, and if you blink they’re gone, blending into the environment. Both times was in my yard near the house. I think they were after my cats.

    8. Michael Morris

      I know where a den is located have took game warden there multiple times. Have saw at least 5 different and one black…most are brown like mountain lion.

    9. Pam Shiflett

      We also have gray fox. I’ve only seen one in my lifetime.

    10. Cherry Smith Truelove

      Jakob Burkett how do you have street lights in the country ? Inquiring minds gotta know.

    11. Jakob Burkett

      The edge of the yard at the ditch. It’s been there since my grandpa built the house in ’86 because he paid for it to be placed there, Cherry Smith Truelove. That’s how. The other side of the ditch is an old overgrown county easement. Two sides of house is great aunts pasture, while front of house is the road.

    12. Annette Sloan Callan

      Cherry Smith Truelove I have what is referred to locally as a ‘bugger light’ in my yard WAY out in the country.

    13. Katrina Hardy

      I saw one in the woods behind my old house in creola al off 43 about 14 years ago …..I was getting in my car to leave for work, shocked at what I had seen I called my sister and said no way was this an ” ordinary cat” lol! I then asked ( because I am from Iowa and newly moved here) “Are there Panthers in Al” ? To this day I am convinced that was what I saw and he or she was watching me!!

    14. Jerry Hopper

      Blake Smith, I say they are none here

    15. Blake Smith

      I see red and grey fox fairly and even bobcats fairly often. They aren’t rare.

    16. Michael C Treadwell

      I’ve seen one in bright daylight too, near Moody, AL at the opposite rim of an abandoned strip mine. No mistaking it for anything else; a big, jet black cat about three feet long and a tail about three feet long. This was in the late ’70’s around ’78 or ’79.

    17. Justin Joe

      Why is it so hard to believe people have seen these animals? It ain’t like saying “I saw a Bigfoot taking a crap on my lawn but Louise didn’t have film in the camera”. If I tell you a rooster dips snuff you better damn well look under his wing for the snuff can!

    18. Mercy Joy Chapman Andrews

      I believe the one in Cullman was a mountain lion caught on game camera. But I saw something big and black with a long tail running thru the woods in Mississippi once…no didnt try to get a pic it scared me and I took off inside and didnt go back in the woods lol. The dogs ran down towards it and I saw in the treeline of the woods and it was bigger than the dogs and had a longer tail but it was in movement when I saw whatever it was. Freaked me out lol. But it was before we had good cell phone cameras anyways.

    19. Deborah Hastings

      I saw one in North Florence almost the TN line. I didn’t have a camera on me at the time. It was 5 am in the woods. I had been hearing it scream several nights before I finally saw it. Beautiful! Huge. Scarey too. I was in my car. I set staring at it a long time before it left. Butler Creek Road, St. Florian area, North of Florence. There is no mistaking a big black panther. Yes, they are here.

    20. Jakob Burkett

      Deborah Hastings I used to live in St. Florian. I’m pretty sure there have been a few to roam those woods. Lol

    21. Kevin Moore

      Trying to be a smart butt about street lights…they are at everyone’s house, I know, in the country. A lot of people in this area call them night lights.

    22. Myra Mills Soroczak

      There is a red fox that crosses Lime Kiln Hollow Drive occasionally. Also I have seen a bobcat on Reservation Road. I haven’t seen a panther though.

    23. Pam Shiflett

      Fox and bobcat are pretty rare around here. Guess it’s just where you spend your time.

    24. Pam Shiflett

      Never had a camera when I did see them though.

  165. Adam Ensign

    I saw one 20 years ago on Straight mountain, above Springville, Al. No phone, or camera back then. It was a tawny tan color.

  166. Jack Jackson

    I’ve never seen a panther in real life. It would be cool, though…

  167. Martha Ann McKee

    No, not last. We have seen them on Whitewater creek near Elba.

    1. Brady O

      I hunt land on whitewater. Saw one back around 2010 walking to deer stand. Nobody believed me. Lol. Glad I came across this post.

  168. Banks Pope

    I love actual (not forced) history.

  169. Rachel Vincent

    They still show up on game cameras here in Chilton co.

  170. Mary Aiken

    Panthers have been spotted in MARENGO county next to Perry also

  171. Lisa Patterson Powell

    Last one I heard scream was back in early 60s and not just a scream in would prowl around close to the house ..That was here in Tuscaloosa County..

  172. Donald Brinkman

    I know 4 people who saw one in Washington Cnty in the 70’s.
    They were together and all describe the event exactly the same.
    They contend it’s true to this day. I believe them.

  173. Janie Blake Rowell

    I believe I heard some sort of big cat screammmm one night, soooo scary!

  174. Jeanie Weekley Crutchfield

    In early 50’s saw a black one in Baldwin Co. Styx River area.

  175. Rebecca Ogle Alford

    When I was a young girl, living in Clarke County in the Bassett Creek are, there was one there saw it and heard it!!!!!

  176. Lila Mae Faulkner Allen

    Yes, Bullock County, AL in the late 1980’s. I saw one cross the road in front of me on Highway 82 between Simsville and Bruceville….which both communities are west of Union Springs, AL.

    1. Lee Rainer Evans

      We saw one back then too, around our area.

    2. Karla Murphy Renfroe

      Daddy told us numerous times about one he saw down near Stills Crossroads, Bullock County, AL in the late 80’s or early 90’s.

  177. Leann Roberts

    They are still there.

  178. Cindy Branum Blinn

    The panther is like a leopard,
    Except it hasn’t been peppered.
    Should you behold a panther crouch,
    Prepare to say ouch.
    Better yet, if called by a panther,
    Don’t anther.

    ~Ogden Nash

  179. Jane Martin

    A friend of mine saw one in her yard a couple years ago. Close to the Bay Minette, Rabun exit. The picture in the library said it was called a Florida panther.

  180. Norman Knapp

    I believe I have. About 2 miles from my house crossing the road early one morning….

  181. Jakob Burkett

    Saw one about 10:30 one night around 12 years ago outside city limits of Atmore. I was in my room and heard something outside my window. Behold, about 15 yards from my window under the street light, a panther. This was in the country surrounded by pasture and trees, and the closet house to mine is a good 300 yards. Yes, they are here.

  182. Ja Allen

    I have… Jacksons gap, Alabama

  183. Delia Michelle Welch Gill

    They have seen one on my road last year

  184. Roy Keith Trawick


  185. Justin Joe

    Have seen a tan one years ago there and a black one a few years back. Black bears too.

  186. Larry Wise II

    Yes ..etowah co..lots of people have

  187. Charlie Hill

    The state fish&wildlife will flat out lie about them in Alabama.Thier reason is so it want insue. Panic but they released around 2dozen a few years ago with tracking collars&chips so the truth is out.

  188. Dottie Copeland Gibson

    In 1980, after Hurricane Fredric, an old black panther showed up at the house on Mon Louis Island. He was so old and arthritic. At first he slept under the steps and we couldn’t go out after dark, then he moved into the woods next to the house. He was so pitiful that we fed him until one day he never showed up again.

  189. Anthony Bryan Taylor

    All over Calhoun county I’ve seen several

  190. Michael Morris

    Yes early 80’s pasture off 145 in Chilton county

  191. Allen Goodwin

    My wife and I saw one, Cullman county, near Logan.

  192. Alabama Pioneers

    If you have a picture of a panther in Alabama, email a copy of it to me at [email protected] and I’ll post it on the website. Please include the location and approximate date.

    1. Eddie Wergin

      You will be lucky if you get a picture of one unless get it on a game camera.. They don’t walk around much in the light

  193. Joan Downs

    Yes, several times when I was growing up. We have always seen them here, most of the time at night. Their scream is like nothing else – you would know if you heard one!

    1. Sharon Hackett

      Wish I could hear one! All I hear is dang coyotes.

    2. Mindy Miller Weeks

      Heard one last year in my backyard. Thought some lady was hurt in my neighborhood because it sounded like a lady screaming. Looked out and saw nothing. Scared me to death. Then my daughter and boyfriend were sitting on the back porch the next night and they saw it!

    3. Keven Williams

      You heard bobcats. Big cats don’t scream…..gotta love these uneducated comments. Lol

    4. Roger Hughes

      You are right Kevin. They don’t scream.

  194. Kathie Wiegert

    My husband and I saw one last year right off I-59 in Dekalb County.

    1. Katrina Hardy

      I should have taken a picture that hazey morning I saw the eyes and tail…..

  195. Derek Wilson

    Well, no, but he hasn’t seen me, either?

  196. Brianand Tina Everett

    One jumped across the road in front of us 20 years ago coming down grant mtn. I’ve hunted and been in the woods most of my life. I know what I saw.

  197. Shannon Smith

    I’ve seen a cougar (11 yrs ago) and a black panther (7 yrs ago) in Coosa County. The panther was dead on the side of a bridge outside of Rockford. The cougar was on our property. My dogs took off after it and I saw it jump a 9 ft vertical embankment and run into the woods from our road. It was crazy and scared me to death! I was very worried for my dogs when they ran after it into the woods!

    1. Cathy Cullen Stodghill

      I live in Rockford. One night in September 2015 I heard a very loud scream…. it was cool to hear but kinda scary at the same time. Most of the people I have talked with about it have said it was a panther.

  198. Curtis Armstrong

    There are quite a lot of them over on Arkadelphia Rd. in Birmingham. #GoPanthers

  199. Gary Bailey

    My wife saw one three years ago. I know of a dead one last year but the shooter was afraid of an arrest.

  200. Tim Cochran

    Probably still panthers in AL occasionally but it would NEVER be black but tawny brown…….The FL Panther!

    1. Tim Cochran

      They can cover large tracts of land in a short period of time and their number one food source is whitetail deer so yes it’s possible they could move into AL!

    2. Justin Joe

      Yep, BLACK. Why is it so hard for you folks to accept that lol? May genetically be a jaguar but they are at least 150 lb with a 3′ long tail and SOLID BLACK. Have seen the tawny brown cats the same size but I have also seen the black ones. Plain, clear, broad daylight, no mistake.

    3. Tim Cochran

      I read where a full grown Florida panther is about 200lbs

  201. Marie Wehunt Frazier

    Haven’t see one in AL – but saw one on 278 North of Cedartown, GA late one night a few years ago – didn’t get a pic. It had the most beautiful green eyes.

  202. Kay Rucks

    Yes, Houston Co. Alabama.

  203. Guy Bryan

    Nope ! Seen one (black) in front of my house and in back of neighbor’s house! Kinston,NC!

  204. Paul Rogers

    No He was not the last Black Panther in Al. we lived just north of Roanoke, Al about 1948/1949, My mother went to the well to get water just before daylight, a panther was in one of the big Oak trees and he screemed out,two weeks later some hunters came out of the woods and had killed a very huge Black Panther, Just below what now is Chris’s Auto sales.I was about ten years old and it was and awesome sight, we had no camera to make pictures but it is clear in my mind.He was laid out across the hood of an old black car.

  205. Duane Wallace

    I have occasionally seen ” panthers” near my home. I live in North Sumter County on the Tombigbee River. What I have seen is much smaller than a Mountain Lion. I describe it as being almost fox size. Black to dark gray. A smallish narrow head and a long otter like tail. I have most often seen it on a portion of our road adjacent to a large marsh and swamp off of the river. I have seen it at night and during the day. Some of my neighbors I have also seen it.

    1. Chrissie Allen

      A fox size black panther? Could it be a very large house cat? My sister’s cat was 30 lbs, so cats can be as big as a large fox. I’ve actually never seen a fox as large as my sister’s cat, now that I think about it. I see them all the time near my house… foxes, that is.

  206. Bobby Mardis

    No I seen one at 2 o’clock in Lauderdale mtg area crossed the gravel rd 20 yards in front of me about six years ago there’s at least one in Alabama are was black and covered half the road in broad daylight I was going bow hunting

  207. Chris Vintson

    In 1978 my cousin and I were at a strippit around a lake called “Brilliant lake” in Marion County, Alabama, he or she was on side wall when we heard something over us, and sure enough there it stood ten feet over us just looking at us we whistled at it for some kid reason and it left.

  208. Ruthie Dobbs

    In 2015 I saw one in the day time chasing a large deer across the road. It was near west point lake on AL side.

  209. Jamie Griffin

    I know this is going to stir some people up but, biologicallay a Puma, Panther, Mountain Lion can not be black. The only big cat in North America that can have that color is a jaguar and their maximum range is Texas. Now I don’t doubt people see lions from time to time in Alabama, particularly as the range of the Florida Panther is supposedly expanding and Alabama has an over abundance of Deer. Just saying…….

    1. Justin Joe

      So there are no large black cats (jaguar or whatever you biologically ID a 150 lb jet black cat with a 3’+ long tail,) in Alabama? So you are calling all the people here that have seen them liars? Lol I say YOU and the biological dimwits are full of chit! The same folks also deny there are black bears, alligators, and ugly yankee women in the upper half of that state…..

    2. Buck Watkins

      Actually Bama’s deer population is pathetic. Go to Pennsylvania and hunt and come back and tell me we have an over abundance of deer.

    3. Jason Jackson

      Justin Joe please search the internet for a picture of a black panther taken anywhere in the world and post it here. You won’t find one because they don’t exist. Although some people could be seeing a jaguarundi because they can have a dark but not black coat.

    4. Jason Jackson

      Buck Watkins PA doesn’t allow you to kill a dear a day over a almost 5 month season either.

    5. Deborah Hastings

      I know what I saw. A huge black cat.

    6. Jamie Griffin

      You have made my point

    7. Angel Brothers

      Maybe a jaguarundi, they get dark and big, just not as big as panthers.

    8. Keven Williams

      Doesn’t Exist, period. It’s like saying there are pink coyotes.

    9. Buck Watkins

      Ya don’t say!!!!! It’s called good deer Management. Alabama’s deer population has been dwindling away for the last 20 years. Our quality of Bucks is also hurting. I saw over 200 rack Bucks that would score 150 or better in PA in 3 days most were seen after dark we were bow hunting saw over 50 in my stand I just never got close enough for a shot. I haven’t seen 200 or even 20. 150+ class BUCKS in a 3 day period or even over a whole season in Bama!

    10. Angelo Denison Roberson

      Albert Corley of Odenville was forced to kill a Black Panther in 1981 due to its killing of livestock. The kill was investigated and documented by the then game warden in St. Clair County. It is what it is…….

    11. John Desselle

      Panthers are not Black, look it up

    12. Justin Joe

      Jason Jackson Reading comprehension COULD be your friend if given a chance! JET BLACK . Not brown, not tan, not “dark” colored, not sorta black, JET BLACK. As ALREADY STATED, who knows what the gene make up is of these large JET BLACK cats the size of a mountain lion is but that does not mean they don’t exist. Just because no egg head has a picture on google does not mean they don’t exist. Call them a jaguar or whatever you want, but whatever the species is, IT DOES EXIST, THEY ARE IN THE SOUTHEAST, AND THEY ARE JET BLACK!

  210. Jeff Bagwell

    I’ve at least 5 scince 1982. Monroe county. Wilcox.

  211. Barbara Howell Parker

    Black panthers in butler county

  212. Tom O

    Yes in Camp Branch, of Alabaster.

  213. Chuck Willis

    I hear a lot of talk and no proof. Not even a verified footprint or a hair sample.

    1. Steve Sharp

      Exactly! I wonder how many thousands of trail cams are out every year across the state? There would be some proof!

    2. Chuck Willis

      I don’t know the answer but I sure haven’t seen any proof, and I lived n the woods all my life.

  214. Kimberly Baugh

    On crow mnt in Jackson county when I was a little girl I saw one . That was 35 years ago. I will never forget it.

  215. Beth Coley Lee

    Saw one twice in St Clair county. Once in 2006 and again in 2008 within 2 miles of each other. Both daytime. Once at daylight, leaped across road in front of our car and never touched the ground till it got to other side (little over a one lane road) 2nd time topped a hill in the woods it apparently had been at the edge of the river.

  216. Savanna Nelson

    Judy Williams Norton Baker

  217. Ann House

    Think what you want but their still here.

  218. Ann House

    If I had pictures I wouldn’t say so because so idiot would have to kill it to prove a point.

  219. Steve Snyder

    There is a black panther near the Ballplay swamp. May be more then 1.

  220. Susan Bullock
  221. Rusty Duke Blaydes

    i saw one in 1978 or so here in Talladega county

  222. Peggy Lee

    Yes, I own one, but he is a cat 🙂

  223. Ben Wilson

    Here you go Doug Akin….another outlet to tell your black cat sighting this week

  224. Ronald Nutt

    A very elusive animal.

  225. Joan Frances Hackman

    Yes crossing hwy 31 near perdido

  226. Jeremy Miller

    I saw something about 6 years ago early one morning close to Akins Furniture store. It was standing on the opposite side of the road. It was still dark outside but I know that it wasn’t a dog. I’m not saying that it was a panther but it was jet black with a long tail, the eyes weren’t that of a dog.

  227. Doug Mitchell

    Saw one in Northport Alabama on Main Avenue ::: My wife and I heard it around our Apartments and I saw it early the next Morning ::

  228. Leigh Ann Bradley

    my mother and grandmother saw one on the mulberry river bridge outside of garden city back when she was young. they are both passed now. I don’t know what year.

  229. Marcy Harris Payne
  230. Keven Williams

    People…..bobcats scream that “most horrifying scream you’ve ever heard”….. Big cats don’t scream. You uneducated on animals people need to go read some about cats.

    1. Terrie Smith Steel

      My dad saw one and everyone that describes them say they do scream high pitched like a woman in despair. .

  231. Rhonda Shewmake-travis

    Never seen one but have heard plenty of them

  232. Ken Fluker

    I saw one in Marengo County near Jefferson Al back in the early 70’s

  233. Joe Mason

    The last Black Panther I saw here was during a riot in the late 1960s. 😉

  234. Mike Turner

    My grandparents used to tell men they could hear them at the creek near Wing, AL circa early 1920’s. My grandmother said they sounded like a woman screaming.

  235. David Mitchell

    Saw one in Coffee County near Antioch Curve in 1998. My Brother was with me , and he saw it as well. Not only that a fellow friend in the area,saw it once as well , during that same time.It’s tail was as long as it’s body. Also heard one when I was around 7 years old , that was around 1987. It woke me and my Grandma up out of a dead sleep. Sounded like a woman screaming , it was unforgettable.

  236. Faye Belyeu Forbus

    I dont have a picture but have seen black panthers in Alabama in the past and believe they are still around. I saw them in the mid 1960’sand 1970’s here.

  237. Stephen Smyly

    Yes, I have. When I was 16. I’m now 52. And I know others who have as well.

  238. Gina Boulware Willis

    Lisa Lockhart Hargreaves, show them your picture.

  239. Angelo Denison Roberson

    My friend, Albert Corley of Odenville, Al was forced to kill a Black Panther in 1981 due to its killing of livestock. The kill was investigated and documented by the then game warden in St. Clair County. The remains were taken to a county authorized veterinarian and sent to the appropriate state agency and was verified as a wild panther. I saw it. It was black. It is what it is.

    Furthermore I have seen two Cougars/Mountain Lions in Alabama in the past thirty years. One in Pinson (circa 1987) and one in Remlap (2011). In the late seventies I had three different bears that ate from my compost heap and garden for many years. The state said “impossible”, or they were migrating from Georgia or Florida. I made the point I first saw them in 1979 (therefore they were there before I moved in) and it was now 1985 so I asked were their “rooms” being comped or what since they were just “visitors”? The game warden finally came out and documented my claim. Bears were still there when I moved in 1997. End of story. It is what it is…….

  240. George McCluskey

    I have heard such folk tales in north Alabama and north Georgia. Never believed them.

  241. Becky Nelson Mahan

    I used to hear them screaming in the middle of the night in Grand Bay AL. Never saw one though.

  242. Doyle Fuller

    No black panthers anywhere, let alone Alabama.

  243. Bobby Finedore

    Basin Community near Elba, Al has a few running around.

  244. John Hornsby

    I actually have a black panther. I just don’t own a camera.

  245. Ann Hicks Aldridge

    Marengo county – I saw 2 black (not together) and one yellow

  246. My dad was raised in the Manchester-Falls city area of Walker county and he heard and saw panthers in that area and the Bankhead forrest during the 1930’s and 1940’s, and yes even black bears were reported at that time to be in those dark deep forests.

  247. Adam Eckermann

    *Scrolling to see pictures…Not ‘I’ve seen them!’ Lol

  248. Suzie Page Breedlove

    In Dekalb Co. Ala. Around puddin’ ridge and the old road going up Sand Mt , late one night around 1968 or 70 … My dad’s uncles were hunting and we ran up on them (I was a small kid) I remember uncle Jesse coming to the truck window and talking to Daddy… One of the things he said was “em dogs got on that panthers trail again, they took off”. That meant coon hunting was over cause the dogs was running that panther. It was seen many times around Deerhead Cove and our family talked about it often.

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  250. Elizabeth C. Stallworth

    Yes. Pike County, near the river off the Shellhorn Rd, circa 1978.

    1. Sandra Wood

      I have seen one twice while walking and no I am not crazy I know what I saw

    2. Sandra Wood

      I live at the end of Shellhorn

  251. Renee Snyderman

    My dad and his wife and a friend of his saw one cross our field in Concord alabama back in the early eightied

  252. Jean McCay

    I have seen one. It was near Warrior, AL.

    1. DeAnn Johnson

      They are a beautiful sight

  253. Michael Smith

    I saw one in Tuscaloosa County when I was a kid. Way before cell phone cameras and whatnot.

  254. Gary Crim

    i saw one close to inland lake about 30 yrs ago also taked to couple at damn a few yrs later had saw tracks

  255. Janice Free

    I have seen many. They are around Bradford/Morris areas

  256. Herbert Campbell

    Yes I’ve seen a black panther in Alabama!

  257. Rick Gardner

    Yep seen two in lamar county

  258. Cale Glenn

    Etowah county. Ive seen black panthers over a period of 20yrs. In recent years my family has added mountain lions to it and 1 bear

  259. Cathy Scroggins

    Back in the 1980’s one crossed the road in front of us on hwy 29 in Ft. Davis, Alabama. He was big , beautiful and fast !

    1. Debbie Mason Moore

      One crossed the road in front of me as I was going to my grandmother’s near Smuteye in the early 70’s. No one believed me!

  260. Carolyn Floyd Powell

    There was a mama and her baby that scared the you know what out of my kids once while they were playing in our front yard around dusk one evening. We lived on a dirt road and our place was surrounded by woods. Never saw her our her baby again.

  261. Angela Woods Cook

    JonathanDavid Cook
    Jessica Bridgette Cook
    Remember the black panther you saw by Boogers towing AL-69 Jasper?

  262. Jennifer Perryman

    B S we did not get a picture.While fishing in Vandiver we saw a large black cat go across the creek.It was not a Maine coon.Alabama.

    1. Jennifer Perryman

      It stopped looked at us then went across a fallen tree.

  263. Sandra Wood

    Yes! I have seen it twice in my negberhood in Shady Grove at the end of Shellhorn

  264. Jacqueline Laird

    I saw one around Hackleburg Al when I was around 13 (1982/83). Knew better than to mess with it.

  265. Jerry Jennings

    I seen one in 1945 in Ohatchee on Ingram Wells Rd. I was 5 years old and didn’t know what a camera was

  266. Terrie Smith Steel

    My dad used to cross the woods out east of Falkville Al. on foot at dusk dark and heard them and took out running to the house. That was around 1950 . The woods are still there and I’m sure panthers are still there as well… this was mountain area..

  267. Brian Kirk

    I saw one on the back of Santa’s sleigh last year

  268. Terry Morton

    3 in the last 20 years in Bibb County

  269. Charlie Squires

    While deer hunting in Dallas County in 1982 I saw a black panther. We had been hearing the big cat for a few nights. It came out into a green field right at dark and I did not shoot it. True.

  270. Alanna Jackson

    I saw one several years ago in Coosa Co. My husband saw one years ago too on the other side of the county.

    1. Dwight L. Yarbrough

      A State Game Warden caught two photos of a black panther in Clay County about 2 years ago. They are in the Talladega National Forest along with Bob Cats & Black Bears.

  271. Ed Mckinley

    I remember my uncles telling stories of a panther they heard while coon hunting in Franklin Alabama back in 1974-75 ish , they said it sounded like a baby screaming. I don’t think they ever actually seen it and probably didn’t hang around to do so.

  272. JoAnn Kyzer Doty

    It definitely was not the last one.

  273. Jessica Richardson

    they are still here. seen one in Moody in St Clair county about 6 years ago. wlakin down a railroad track

  274. Stephanie Ann Gonce

    Come to Jackson County you’ll see plenty. Brown and black.

  275. Bart Jones

    Did anybody read the article?

    1. Richard Morris

      Not a single commenter lol!

    2. Allen Goodwin

      Bart Jones … ha…I did….

    3. Bart Jones

      And I believe you have a first hand account you might want to share

    4. Allen Goodwin

      Bart Jones , I once hit a Great Dane dog on my KD90….

  276. Bart Jones

    Did anyone read the article

    1. Tony Oliver

      Bart Jones No, ruff ruff!

    2. Brittany Woodruff

      I actually didn’t see that coming

    3. Keith Pate

      didnt need to.. black panthers are still in Alabama. very few and far between .

    4. Mark Evan White

      They loaded up the great Dane as a trophy and couldn’t tell the difference!? Lol. Not sure about this story..

  277. Dave Cooper

    Mom swore for years she heard one yearly during the summer months back in west mobile co, mid ’60s, said it sounded like a woman screaming, I was just a kid, 7ish, said it must have came thru the area in summers.

  278. Crystal Moore Phipps

    AG Moore click on the link and read this

  279. Brenda LaGrone Causey

    I really think they are still in Alabama.

  280. Brenda LaGrone Causey

    Play on words, read the article.

  281. Frankie Wade

    I saw one on hwy 269 between walker and tuscaloosa county in 1984 near the county line.

  282. Deborah Mazingo

    I live in Choctaw Co ,and they are in our woods now ,I’ve seen 3 or 4 of them myself ,I live in the woods

  283. Lynn Morris

    Just read the article; very interesting with a surprising ending!!!! For those who haven’t read it, please….go back and do that!!!! You’ll have to find out the surprise for yourselves!!!! Comments comments everywhere, but so few actually read!!!!….LOL!!!!

  284. Douglas Wakefield

    Bet they felt stupid when they found out what ‘kind’ of panther they had killed.

    1. Douglas Wakefield

      That being said, I have seen panthers (long tail cats as some call em, in the area of the Talladega (Okmulgee div) in Perry County on more than one occasion when coming home from work in the very early morning hours.

    2. Mary Carton

      They are in the mountains south of Tuscumbia.

  285. Mary Carton

    How do you confuse a dog with a mountain lion?

    1. Lila Hovater

      Apparently they had not seen a panther or a great dane.

  286. James Mclean

    I was in Salem Cemetery in Attala Cty., Ms around 1998 at night with the moon lighting up the cemetery. I started hearing a sound like a cat in a fight and also heard dogs barking as they were chasing the animal. I started hearing the animals getting closer, as the rustling was also getting louder. I never saw anything but, I would say it was a panther.

  287. Gwen Holaway Ayers

    Heard one scream when I was very young. Will never forget the sound. We were visiting an uncle in Blount county. That was many years ago.

  288. Lila Hovater

    A friend who has passed away now, had pictures of one taken with a game camera on his farm. He lived on Hawk Pride Mountain. I. Believe
    Dr. Mims had pictures taken on his land also.

  289. Anne Brown

    Yall need to read the was accessible!

    1. Susan Bryan

      My cousin has pic of panther on game camera from year ago

  290. Bryan Winton

    The last “known”…. key word. Fact is they still exist in Alabama though in very small numbers. My wife, her siblings and her mom will tell you they had one that would wander onto their porch sometimes after dark when they were kids. You could hear the heavy footsteps of the large cat coming up the steps on the porch… Said it would make a loud scream that sounded like a woman screaming. My grandmother on my mom’s side told similar stories of the elusive black panther. She grew up in the Clanton area.

  291. Raiford Jordan

    When I was in early 20s I heard one scream in pike county Ala ! I had a black an tan and a blue tick hounds that would run him but never put him up a tree

  292. Jason Haynes

    They are still in the south. My mom and one of her friends saw one in the early 90’s between Opelika and Dadeville. A man was convicted of killing one in Troup County Georgia back in 2008. They are still here.

  293. A police officer in Parrish, AL saw a very large black cat with a long tail on Hay Valley road back around 206-07, He stated to me that it was not a house cat. My neighbor had a dog killed by a large cat in that area around that year also, and one came up behind my garage and let out a scream, I never saw it but went into the woods and could hear it running through the underbrush and scream several times.

  294. The State of Alabama says there are no large cats here.

    For all those “claiming” to have pictures of a large cat on game cameras, please publish your documented evidence along with a date and location information. Facebook, YouTube; anywhere.

    Otherwise, we may as well be writing about UFO’s, ghosts or Bigfoot.

  295. Olivia Baker

    I don’t know about this. ????

  296. Dennis Pitts

    There was a panther spotted around the rock quarry in helena alabama in the 90’s there were reports of it for years

  297. Shrimp Boat

    There was also one spotted in Argo, St. Clair Co. Late 70’s

  298. Chuck Willis

    There has been no proof of a panther at all.
    There has only been a bunch of talk.

    1. Jody Tharpe

      Chuck Willis no proof that there isn’t any either

    2. Chuck Willis

      Jody Tharpe, no tracks, no hair sample, no carcass, ………..
      That’s proof enough for me and the Wildlife authorities.

    3. Chuck Willis

      Despite their extirpation from the east, there are hundreds of reports each year to state and federal wildlife agencies of cougar and black panther sightings. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says that most sightings turn out to be bobcats, but also bears, deer, domestic cats, or dogs.

    4. Chuck Willis

      Jonathan Hayes………”As a biologist, I need some kind of confirmed physical evidence before I can reasonably believe they are here,” Thomas Harms, biologist and the state’s large animal coordinator based in the Mobile area, told”
      Like I said……….not one ounce of proof has been provided.

    5. Jody Tharpe

      Chuck Willis you can’t us al.c om as a reliable media source. Have you read some of that garbage

    6. Chuck Willis

      Jody Tharpe, I don’t use it at all.

    7. David Davis

      Jody Tharpe so where’s the evidence ?

  299. Jerry Cornelius

    I saw one while deer hunting Green County in the late 80’s. Why folks would say they are not in AL is beyond me.

  300. Stephen Hazelwood

    They come through St. Clair county every yesr

  301. Richard Jones

    As many game cameras out there one should turn up

  302. Carla Moore-Williams

    There has never been a confirmed or documented case of a melanistic mountain lion in the United States. … There have only 12 reported sightings across all of North America and because these cats are so much smaller, they would look more like a house cat than a black panther.

  303. Chuck Willis

    People also claim to see aliens.

  304. Robert Holt

    I have many here in Cleburne Co.

  305. LindaSue Odom Blackburn

    looks like the cat that was in my yard a few years ago

  306. Michael Morris

    North Chilton County. Saw one in cow pasture on Leigh Camp Road. Have saw 6 not far from there that were brown.

  307. Derek Captain Alexander

    seen some in Calhoun county in the late 80’s early 90’s

    1. Serena Williams

      Derek Captain Alexander I am on the Calhoun County Line and I saw one on my property about 10 years ago. It wasn’t a black dog. Dogs and Panthers walk totally different.

  308. MIke Armstrong

    Florida Panthers still make their way north.Even as far as N.Carolina.

  309. JP Woodyard

    I seen one in Mobile County apprx February of 2009. It was tawny in color, long swooping tail. Of course they do not exist and therefore need no state, or fed regulations.

    1. Debbi Claburn Moore

      JP Woodyard mountain lions are protected in Alabama.

    2. JP Woodyard

      Debbi Claburn Moore yup if only they existed. Think the one I seen was the last one. Last I saw it was headed toward Mississippi.

    3. Danny Havard

      JP Woodyard I seen one in downtown Kali Oka in 2011. He was down by crybaby bridge. Some say the Hook man from the old Davis mansion used to keep one for a pet but I would probably have to call Bs on that. Nobody round here believed
      me though it was just as you said.

    4. JP Woodyard

      Danny Havard that I saw was near Lazy Buck Rd on Kali Oka. My neighbor seen one with little ones on LaFitte near where the new subdivision is now, a few years ago.

    5. Jamie Smith Dykes

      Danny Havard Mr. Danny, my mom and Aunt Carol heard one scream right outside her house on Kali Oka! That was in the 90s.

    6. Danny Havard

      I believe it. I have seen and heard some strange things since I have been around here ; most of them on oak grove road.

  310. Rebecca P. Smith

    Did anyone read the story? Turned out to be a large, black dog… probably like the “sightings” now.

    1. Jimmy Terry

      Rebecca P. Smith how much wilderness experience do you have? I’ve spent much time in areas far beyond human habitation. There is more heavy forest in Alabama now than there was in the 1500’s. Multiple species never identified before are found here every year. Before you chuckle behind hand look yourself in the quite and lone places you will see unbelievably strange and wonderful things

  311. Elene Crow

    I’ve seen two at different times on about 12 years ago in Clarke co. I think they migrate through

  312. Cindy Fitzgerald-Tipton

    I have seen 1 in the late 1980’s, Mentone, Dekalb County

  313. Adam Bowling

    Theres 2 on drag strip road in lawrence co al . One been seen alot on speedway side

  314. Butch Smith

    I saw a Mountain Lion over the hill from Bugtussle in 1973 while going home from Smith Lake.

  315. Jimmy Terry

    Panthers or cougars in black phase are intelligent and able to maintain distance from humans. They have always been here

    1. Carla Moore-Williams

      Jimmy Terry, There has never been a confirmed or documented case of a melanistic mountain lion in the United States. … There have only 12 reported sightings across all of North America and because these cats are so much smaller, they would look more like a house cat than a black panther.

    2. Jimmy Terry

      Carla Moore-Williams in our continent complex of North and South America the black phase jaguar is still seen often as close as Texas. This distance is negligible to a creature whom home territory can contain 500 square miles. Relying on sites like outdoor alabama is convienent but do not guarantee all available data. I believe the evidence I’ve myself experienced above scientists theory

    3. Carla Moore-Williams

      Jimmy Terry, I do not rely solely on one source, but I do use sources and not analytic stories. Being seen in central and southern America doesn’t have anything too do with being seen a thousand miles away in Alabama.
      Today, the jaguar is found in South and Central America, from Mexico to northern Argentina. The species’ range formerly spread over the US border into the southern states of America, but had become wiped out there by the 1940s due to hunting. There are no jaguars or black panthers in the United States.

  316. Steve Casey

    In big cats, black panthers are actually jaguars or leopards. If you look closely enough, or have enough bright light, you can see spots amongst the dark fur. There has never been a confirmed or documented case of a melanistic mountain lion in the United States.

  317. Dale Robinson

    They have been spotted in North Alabama. Madison and Jackson counties.

  318. William Russ

    Wrong some in outside Brook wood late 1950,s i know i saw and heard scream make every hair on you stand up.

  319. Wallace McCord

    I saw one in 1978 in the early AM in the Talladega Nat’l Forest N. of Goodwater. It was crossing a logging road in front of me .

  320. Jason Clayton

    I saw a mtn lion in my back yard back in Oct and I have the game camera pic to prove it. Also, I saw a black bear on the same day with a pic as well. I have seen a total of two mtn lions at one time. They have been around my house for a long time.

    1. Clem Clapp

      Jason Clayton could you post them?

    2. Jason Clayton

      Clem Clapp I just sent you the pics via msgr

    3. Rut Rutledge

      Clem Clapp Marengo, Bibb and Dallas Co sightings since the 1980s.

  321. Kyle Thrower

    I’ve heard big Tom bobcat fighting in the woods but I’ve personally never seen panther or man lion BUT I did stay at a Holiday Inn express last night

    1. Lonny Williams

      Kyle Thrower I’ve seen some black Panthers and a big brown cat here at my house

  322. John Rapier

    I saw one in the mid 80’s in the woods near Bayou Sara in Mobile County. It was chocolate brown. Biggest cat I ever saw outside of a zoo.

  323. Jason Marler

    Bull hockey. My cousin found himself close to one around 2000. When that cat screamed he tore up the field trying get home.

  324. Johnnie Parker Gorham

    My daughter had just recently saw a black bear and a larger than normal black cat (she says it screams and sounds like a woman) in her yard in Mentine(DeKalb Co.,) Alabama.

  325. Ronnie Pearson

    I’ve seen two in Elrod Alabama close to the sipsey river

  326. James Jimmy Voss

    Far from gone in southeast Alabama. I heard them often growing up in Geneva in the woods around the Pea and Choctawhatchee Rivers. Saw tracks often nearer there.

  327. Tommy Willis

    Add Walker and fayette counties to the list of sightings

  328. Tony Fendley

    Conecuh county house cat !

  329. Frankie Rogers

    I have seen several while hunting in Lower Peachtree , they are easily identified and are definitely not dogs or house cats . Smaller than panthers at the zoo, but profile is the same . Two I’ve seen were within 50 yards.

    1. Bart Jones

      I came across something similar down your way a couple years ago. Some research and I think it was a

  330. Kitty Tilley

    We saw one in Pickens county 2 years ago

  331. Pekah Pamella Wallace

    What a beauty. The legend of the Great Dane is si very sad.

  332. Pekah Pamella Wallace

    Curtis,what is the size and weight of a full grown panther?

  333. Joel Holladay

    Big foot has two for pets.

  334. Jan Rye Williams

    My Grandmother saw a black panther, as she called it, on Bull Mountain in northern Marion County many years ago. She was a quiet lady and definitely not one for tall tales. She locked eyes on it and backed out of its site before turning around.

  335. Judy Branum Griswold

    If panthers are in Mexico, what keeps them from coming into the US, especially since the climate is changing. I guess the border wall might keep them out!

  336. Frankie Wade

    I saw one on hwy 269 at walker/Tuscaloosa county line in 1984

  337. Barbara Thomas

    One ran across the field and crossed the creek Warrior, AL 5 yrs ago

  338. Thomas A. Mann

    Seen one at night near DeSoto Caverns north of Childersburg. I was sitting with friends on the porch when it walked under a street light. Their German Shepherd came to the porch whining like a puppy and hid behind a wood box.

  339. Jeff Pollard

    We have one that makes periodic appearances in our very rural Alabama community.

  340. Jeff Pollard

    “last known” …”1908″ funny article. When I was in grade school (1950’s) we learned that the coelacanth was extinct. They still catch them today. Soo…

  341. Jeff Barger

    Yea that wasnt the last Panther in Alabama.Ive seen a few in my days and heard several others up around Brookwood Alabama

  342. Glenda Poore

    Seen in Clay county too.

  343. Barry W. Snow

    I have to disagree with you in believing there all dead, I know for sure I saw one about 10 years and others have too.

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