Possible Panther Sighting In Southern Kentucky

A cat has some people in Whitley County taking a double take. It's not just any cat, however. Those who've spotted the feline describe it as "huge."

David Turner says a friend snapped a picture of the questionable cat with a cell phone camera. At first, he thought his friend had shown him a picture of a house cat as a joke, but then he realized he was he was looking at something much more ferocious.

"It's very evident if it's a picture of a house cat, this is a picture of something bigger," Turner says.

Turner said many people think the panther-like cat is a tall tale. But wildlife officials had said it's possible, although not likely, panthers could be seen in southern Kentucky.

"My primary concern is that people we know that there is something dangerous out there if they're walking," Turner tells us.


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  • by Randy Location: Frankfort on Dec 2, 2011 at 08:27 PM
    Well I have seen what looks dead on a black panther. On night I went to the barn turned on the light a big black cat ran right in front of me 1976. Then we turned into the farm late one night and one stood broadside looking into my lights. He stood there about 1-2min. Then ran up the road in a slow leap and darted into the night 1981. My wife and I was driving home out in the country on 421 north and a big black cat ran across the road in front of us and leaped up a 12-15' cliff 1992. Awsome animal! And they are out there but rare to see one. GOOD LUCK!
  • by Erica Location: Berea on Sep 30, 2011 at 05:35 AM
    A month ago, friends went hiking along Silver Creek and we found what we learned to be mountain lion scat. Just last night, just a few miles from where the scat was found, I was driving down 595 and came across two "dogs". Being the dog lover that I am, I slowed so that I wouldn't hit them. And then, as I was going slower noticed that these dogs' tails were far too long for a black lab, and they were slinky and one jumped towards the car. It was definitely not a dog. I do believe I saw black cougars.
  • by todd Location: carter on Jul 24, 2011 at 06:06 PM
    I saw a huge black cat in allen county about 7 or 8 years ago, but nobody believes me. I watched it for about 6 0r 7 minutes before it went back in the woods. Solid black and had a huge tail beautiful animal!!
  • by Chris Location: Rockcastle Co. Lake Linville on Jul 21, 2011 at 05:14 PM
    Me and my cousin were cat fishing when we heard a panther scream up hill from where we were fishing talk about scary this is a true story..
  • by james Location: morgan county ezel on May 29, 2011 at 11:15 AM
    To sopput that their are animals that an't in this part of the country here something we had a naber that had a horse it was almost ready to have a baby one day they came the kids crying and the rest afarid they said somthing had killed their horse some we took a look and the horse had the baby riped out of it i took alook around and found big cat tracks looking closer i found black hair on a spiter on the barn wall so i blamed it on a pather i said these cats have lived here a long time and their big just watch ur back. then a few days ago i seen 5 coytes runing from a big brawn cat or(mountain lion)as i say that had 3 baby with it.
  • by james Location: morgan conty ezel on May 10, 2011 at 06:12 PM
    i am a 13 year old boy ive hunted in here alot derring my live but as we loged one day my 4wheeler quit work thinking nothing about it i stared walk to the main log site when i noted i was being watched by a huge black cat it stared torreds me i pulled out my knive and cep a cosles whatch on it then it dessapped after a few yards lets just say most folks dont beleave me now my fearless dogs wont even go into the woods without us.
  • by Emerald Loveless Location: Crab Orchard on Apr 17, 2011 at 01:46 PM
    Well I am only 11 years old and I have been wondering around the farm lately and I've been out in the woods behind my house and I have seen huge marks and prints of like a cats foot in the mud and im talking as big as both of my hands. Once I was outside and heard a growling in the undergrowth so I got my cousin and grandma to hear it and they still didnt know what it was. Now I am afraid to go outside by myself at anytime of day.
  • by ann biggs Location: bakerton ky on Jan 31, 2011 at 06:04 PM
    We had fresh snow in the field around my Moms house & she saw a big black cat so I looked and said that is a big cat it headed up behind the garage so I went to have a better look and it was as bid as our 47lb dog Its tail was as log as its body I saw him amd he saw me and it. leaped across the field so fast I couldn't believe what I saw it was an experince
  • by S Location: Pulaski County KY on Dec 31, 2010 at 12:35 AM
    I live out in the woods of Pulaski County. My entire family and I, as well as some local hunters, have seen panthers on multiple occasions, not to mention footprints in the mud (clearly not that of a bear or dog if you know the differences). Sometimes we can hear them at night, too. We've seen them individually and up to groups of about four.
  • by ray Location: russell co ky Nov 22, 2010 on Dec 25, 2010 at 05:22 PM
    i live at the lower end of russell county. i was going down a one lane rode when i saw a large black cat on the side of the rode eating on the remains of a deer. i only saw it for about 9-10 seconds then it took off into the woods it was about 4 feet tall and about 6-7 feet long.me and my son have both seen the cat

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