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Oct. 17 (UPI) -- An astonished Mississippi man captured video of a mysterious big cat he spotted wandering across the street from a local Wendy's. The video, recorded Wednesday, shows a dark-colored large cat wandering a grassy field across the street from the Wendy's fast food eatery in Hernando. "I was out running normal errands, and I stopped to pick up some lunch at Wendy's," the man wrote. "Once I pulled up, I saw something walking into the field. At first I expected it to be a deer or dog, but realized it was a large cat. Then I quickly started filming the cat because I have never seen a cat that large before." Commenters suggested the animal appears to be a cougar, and may have merely appeared to have dark coloration due to being dirty.
originally posted by: waftist
Looks like a black panther to me. Curious why it is out in broad daylight like that. Maybe it was once someone's pet and they had to release it. Sadly, it will probably be hunted now but I hope it is captured and relocated, for I understand the danger of having an apex predator on the loose.
originally posted by: JoshuaCox
a reply to: LadyGreenEyes
There are definitely panthers/cougars in MS. I’m from there and my uncle was a game warden.
I heard about this case, but haven’t watched the video. I will now.
Just as a guess before I watch it, though cougars are definitely here, a black one would be SUPER rare. So that I doubted.
originally posted by: LanceCorvette
I saw something similar outside Smokey Mountain NP about two years ago along the highway even though all the official web sites say there aren't any in North America. Early morning but light outside. Pretty much the same size and shape as in the video, maybe a little smaller.
Wiki on Black Panthers
Also a few years ago - maybe five? - I saw a mountain lion - same size and shape as the panther in the video, that is, big! - right along I-495 outside Boston, middle of the day, slow traffic on the highway. Web sites say there aren't any in Boston either. Got a good look at that one, gave me chills when I saw it.
originally posted by: Gothmog
Panther. We even have those in Georgia. Looks like evening and the sun going down. Just about right for em to be on the move.
Lets stay in Wendy's and chat a while , shall we ? May want to help the employees clean up after closing time as well
originally posted by: chiefsmom
I no longer believe the "official" story on any wildlife NOT existing somewhere. And people shooting video like this are why. How are they going to argue that?
Here in MI, we did NOT have Cougars. Just ask the DNR. They would repeat that over and over and over. Even with pics being caught on trailcams.
Then the video was taken, of one in an area that is highly populated (and extremely wealthy). The official story changed immediately.
Very cool video. I would have been too excited to remember I had a phone, I think.
originally posted by: grey580
a reply to: LadyGreenEyes
Apparently if there were in fact black panthers in the USA we'd find them as road kill. But according to what I've read we've never found any.
It's probably a cougar of some sort. And it looks dark because of the lighting.
FYI. There have been no authenticated cases of truly melanistic cougars.