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Big Black Cat Sighting On LA/TX Line--Sabine River NW LA 1990

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posted on May, 31 2019 @ 06:58 AM
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I moved to a community near Logansport, La in 1988. One day a local told me about the "black panther" sightings in the area. We used to see these things in LaSalle Parish, La. When I was very young (around 1970) my sister was driving the car near our home one night when we topped a hill and saw two young ones play fighting in the road. She had to stop the car and wait for them to get out of the way. Sometimes you`d hear their screams in the woods at night but it was rare.

We were camping once in the late 1970s and had seen large cat tracks in the old sandy creek bed we set up camp in. Right across from us there were scratches on the red clay bank which was about 8 feet high. After midnight one of them started screaming nearby in the woods and kept us awake all night. We weren`t really scared because they had no reputation for ever harming anyone and we had a shotgun. I think we were blocking its trail or maybe it had kittens nearby. My grandfather had always warned us to never shoot one, however, because he said a man decades before had wounded one that attacked hogs in a pen and was found dead near the pen with his chest ripped open two days later.

Anyway, the local guy I met told me that lots of people had seen these big cats in the area. The local high school football team was even called the Stanley Panthers and their logo was the face of a black cat. This guy mentioned something about a circus train crashing (LOL!) and these cats getting loose and breeding in the wild. I never heard anyone else say this though. There are historical reports of these big black cats in the Sabine River bottoms going back to the horse and buggy days. Supposedly there was a bounty on them in the late 1800s because they were attacking supply wagons and hurting people.

After talking to that guy I saw huge cat tracks in clearings along the Louisiana side of the river. There were a LOT of tracks in washes in clearings where the ground was bare. I tried calling them using a tape of a rabbit squealing but had no luck. One evening I was riding down a dirt road beside a clearing on an ATV and one ran right across the road in front of me only about 15 feet away. It was about 8 feet long tail and all. I thought I saw some white on its chest and a patch of brown on its side but it could have been mud or dirt. It crossed the road so fast it was like a blur.

I told a local commercial fisherman about it and over 15 years later his son told me he`d "seen my black panther" in the same area while deer hunting from a stand. He promised not to shoot it. Two brothers that lived near there told me one had followed them, staying nearby in the bushes, as they walked down the dirt road near their house and it kept growling. I spent a lot of time in the woods around there, even camping alone at night, and the only thing that ever bothered me was three coyotes who tried to steal my chicken roasting over the coals near my feet as I was falling asleep. I scared the HELL out of them! I heard sniffing, looked down towards my feet and saw them then jumped up and went AAAARRRRRRRR! They screamed like little puppies and ran for their lives! LOL! True story!

These big black cats are certainly seen all over East Texas. There`s a website called TexasCrypted (sp?) where people report sightings. Lots of people I spoke with in NW LA said they`d seen them all their lives. Well I saw one there too and was so thrilled to see it! I reported it to Wildlife and Fisheries and they said there's no such thing as big black cats. Have you seen one or know of anyone who has? Let me know...
edit on 31-5-2019 by DrumsRfun because: fixed all caps title




posted on May, 31 2019 @ 07:38 AM
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Stories of black panthers abound in the mountains of Tennessee. About 4 yeas ago my brother saw one on his drive into our cabin site, in Fentress County, west of Jamestown. He said it was chasing a small wild pig across the road directly in front of his truck.

TWRA would not even admit there were cougars in Tennessee until a few were killed in traffic, one at the Crossville exit of I 40, and a abundance of trail cameras got pictures. A farmer in Anderson county got a trail cam picture of a black one.

So yes, there are big cats in the South. Big black ones too.



posted on May, 31 2019 @ 07:41 AM
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They're everywhere but hard to see.....

Every time ivsaw one they magically disappear

Get this.....they have canine c
Faces....like a short nose lab or a pitbull.

I'm in North Texas
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I know.....the canine face.......but I'm the expert......been 35 feet from one



posted on May, 31 2019 @ 07:56 AM
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a reply to: GBP/JPY

The one I saw had a pointy head, and the neck was huge and tapered down to the pointy head. It was odd looking but I saw a video of a black jaguar in south America and the head was an exact match. What I saw looked like a mountain lion though. I didn`t notice any jaguar markings.



posted on May, 31 2019 @ 07:57 AM
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a reply to: GBP/JPY

It`s cool that others have seen them too. I was thrilled to get to see another one after decades. It was almost like seeing a bigfoot!



posted on May, 31 2019 @ 08:03 AM
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a reply to: Nickn3

I wish there was a major website where everyone who has seen these things could report sightings. Everybody believes us except the "experts." LOL! I no longer live in that area but I`d love to set some trail cams there. They`d just say the pics were a house cat. Search YouTube for "black panther Mississippi." Some guy filmed one in broad daylight near a store. The "experts" tried to explain that one away too!



posted on May, 31 2019 @ 08:11 AM
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a reply to: Kirk777

I have been out many times and have never seen one. Come across bears and lions but never a black cat.
But I will not discredit such a sighting. I may have heard one one time as the sound was nothing like you would hear where I was at.
I like to think it was Bigfoot but realistically it was just some animal that is thought to not be in the area.



posted on May, 31 2019 @ 08:24 AM
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a reply to: Allaroundyou

We`ve had more than a few bigfoot sightings here in Louisiana. A guy hit what he described as a man in a monkey suit one night in Trout, Louisiana a few miles from here. The impact damaged his car. The police tracked it through a swampy area and the dogs lost the scent or something. Supposedly there was fur left on the car but nobody thought to keep it as evidence. Total incompetence!

An elderly man saw one cross the road in a community called Whitehall just a few miles from where I am. There had been a sighting reported in the Alexandria Town Talk newspaper and the paper published pictures of tracks along Indian Creek near Alexandria. They included a number to report sightings and the old man called it. A researcher came the next day to speak to him and asked if he could search for evidence, since the old man owned the land the bigfoot was seen going in to. The researcher found several big tracks nearly a mile back in the woods on a sandbar on a creek.

I`ve looked at maps and many of the sightings here are in a bee line between wildlife preserves or national forests. I`ve spent a LOT of time in these woods and never saw tracks or anything.



posted on May, 31 2019 @ 08:27 AM
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a reply to: Kirk777

I'm also from NW La. I'm from a small town called Doyline (about 50 miles NW of Logansport as the crow flies) and our school name is also the Panthers and use a Panther head as a logo. My neighbor said she saw a panther in the woods behind our houses about 5 years ago and when we moved there in '85, we were warned that panthers have been spotted in the area.

One summer night in 2013, my wife (GF at the time as we'd just started dating) was leaving my house so I walked her out to her car. What we both heard coming from the woods was absolutely the most eeriest sound either of us had ever heard. The woods start about 300 yards behind my house. To this day, I don't know what it was but it raised the hair on my arms and neck it was so eerie.

I've been there for 34 years come July 4th (bought a house on the same road) and haven't seen a panther yet, but I've seen some things people wouldn't believe without seeing it for themselves. Now, having said that, when I was driving home 4 or 5 months ago, I turned on my road and saw something big and black in the ditch eating something. My first thought was a panther when I got closer to it because it wasn't a dog and I could tell it was a cat but it was much much bigger than a house cat. One more thing... Something has been stirring up my Australian Shepherd (who is fenced in, in my back yard) and all the other neighborhood dogs around 10:30 every night for the past week.



posted on May, 31 2019 @ 08:29 AM
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a reply to: Kirk777

I grew up between the Sabine and Neches rivers in SE Texas. Many black panthers were hunted down and killed in the Big Thicket and the surrounding woods and swamps during my younger years. The last ones I remember seeing were back in the 1980s- I had gone to pick my younger sister up from a sleepover and the guys next door to where she had stayed had 2 of the big black cats dead in the back of their truck. Since then the woods in that particular area have been cleared out due to housing development but rumors have persisted over the years that while scarce and skiddish the cats still roam the area, just in much smaller numbers.



posted on May, 31 2019 @ 08:48 AM
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a reply to: Kirk777

Thanks for sharing your experiences!!!

What is wrong with damn Wildlife & Fisheries? "No such thing as big black cats." Are they truly stupid, or is it some thing they have to say for legal/liability purposes?

Obviously there're are black panthers around. Cougars, whatever. They were reported during the pioneer days when people were moving west- settlers had quite the problem with them, apparently. They were infamous for their screams.

They're difficult to get photos or video of, because they are solitary animals, and they only are seen if they want you to see them.They can track and follow people and animals for miles and miles without ever being seen or suspected.

Cool stories!



posted on May, 31 2019 @ 08:56 AM
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a reply to: GeauxHomeYoureDrunk

Wow! It`s cool that you got to see them up close! Too bad they didn`t freeze one for DNA testing. I read historical accounts of them killing lots of them in the 1800s and early 1900s in the Sabine bottoms. There was a big bounty on them. One cat they killed was highly unusual. They said its head was as big as an African lion and it was huge. Supposedly they`d taken it to Houston but apparently no picture or other evidence exists. My sister saw a regular cougar here in LaSalle Parish a few years ago but nobody I know of has seen a black one in a long time.



posted on May, 31 2019 @ 08:59 AM
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originally posted by: Allaroundyou
a reply to: Kirk777

I have been out many times and have never seen one. Come across bears and lions but never a black cat.
But I will not discredit such a sighting. I may have heard one one time as the sound was nothing like you would hear where I was at.
I like to think it was Bigfoot but realistically it was just some animal that is thought to not be in the area.



I'm thinking that's what my wife and I heard that night. It was a very low, very deep, yet very loud growl that lasted about 6 seconds and stirred every dog up. Those quiet nights are the creepiest.



posted on May, 31 2019 @ 09:05 AM
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a reply to: LSU2018

There`s a smaller type cat called a jaguarundi that isn`t very big. It`s bigger than a house cat though, 20+ pounds. Some of them are darker than others and people often think they`ve seen a panther when they spot one. They`re a native wildcat in the area. I`ve never seen one though.



posted on May, 31 2019 @ 09:11 AM
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a reply to: KansasGirl

I even contacted Outdoor Life magazine years later when I got my first computer to see if they would come find one of these things. I saw one up close, saw their tracks everywhere, so I know they live there, but they said the same thing...IMPOSSIBLE! They did tell me that if I could get a picture of one they`d pay me 60,000 bucks for the picture and my story. Trail cams were very expensive then and there were so many damned thieves in the area that putting up trail cams would be like throwing money down the drain. I didn`t EVEN put myself through that frustration!



posted on May, 31 2019 @ 09:17 AM
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originally posted by: Kirk777
a reply to: GeauxHomeYoureDrunk

Wow! It`s cool that you got to see them up close! Too bad they didn`t freeze one for DNA testing. I read historical accounts of them killing lots of them in the 1800s and early 1900s in the Sabine bottoms. There was a big bounty on them. One cat they killed was highly unusual. They said its head was as big as an African lion and it was huge. Supposedly they`d taken it to Houston but apparently no picture or other evidence exists. My sister saw a regular cougar here in LaSalle Parish a few years ago but nobody I know of has seen a black one in a long time.


When my dad was in his early teens, he had to go feed cattle before school so it would still be dark outside when he fed. This would have been mid 60's, SE Texas near Orange, and he used to tell me and my sister stories about wooping noises and things that sounded like women screaming all the time. So much so, that he'd gotten used to it. Fast forward about 40 years and we're all sitting there watching a special on Bigfoot and every witness on the program described the noises they heard as wooping noises. He sat straight up in his recliner and said "That's EXACTLY what I was hearing all those times!" He instantly got chills when they played the soundbite of those noises they'd picked up in the woods.



posted on May, 31 2019 @ 09:19 AM
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a reply to: Allaroundyou

A security camera captured a black bear IN TOWN right beside the courthouse here digging in a dumpster. Now they`re warning everybody to get bear proof garbage cans and not to feed their pets outside. We never heard of black bears here when I was young. A couple of years ago it looked like elephants had been in a huge blackberry patch after I returned the next day to pick more for homemade wine. My first guess was bigfoot, but I saw no tracks of any kind. A tree the size of my wrist was broken off right above the ground. Had to be bears now that I think about it.



posted on May, 31 2019 @ 09:27 AM
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a reply to: LSU2018

I think they call the one on the lower Sabine River the "Sabine Thing." I`ve seen a lot of interviews with credible witnesses on TV and on YouTube. They say it has only three toes and is vicious! Lots of stories around Logansport in NW Louisiana in DeSoto Parish about how aggressive they are. There were newspaper reports in the local paper of deer hunters being chased out of the woods after killing a deer. A cop said one knocked him to the ground while he was looking at some land for a shooting range in the river bottom. Another hunter saw one bash a big hog against a tree. There`s been lots of sightings in Sabine Parish below DeSoto Parish too. Bigfoot hunters have gone there hunting it.



posted on May, 31 2019 @ 09:27 AM
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originally posted by: Kirk777
a reply to: LSU2018

There`s a smaller type cat called a jaguarundi that isn`t very big. It`s bigger than a house cat though, 20+ pounds. Some of them are darker than others and people often think they`ve seen a panther when they spot one. They`re a native wildcat in the area. I`ve never seen one though.


That makes a lot of sense to what I saw in the ditch. It didn't LOOK big enough to be a panther, but it also didn't look small enough to be a house cat. Unless it was a young panther. I know they're in the area. My neighbor two houses down saw an alligator in his pond 3 summers ago. My kids begged me and begged me to take them out to the woods to find it. When I first moved to my house, my dad and I walked to the back of my property where the wood line and creek starts, holding a conversation all the way out there about what all we could do to make it look even better. When we stepped through the gate and to the creek bed, he got quiet and looked around, said lets get back to the house. On our walk back to the house, he told me never to go out there without my gun. He's the kind that will keep you laughing with jokes all day, but he's not a BS'er and he's never once given me advice without 110% certainty on what or why he's telling me. I said ok and asked why, he said, "just don't."



posted on May, 31 2019 @ 09:27 AM
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a reply to: LSU2018

I think they call the one on the lower Sabine River the "Sabine Thing." I`ve seen a lot of interviews with credible witnesses on TV and on YouTube. They say it has only three toes and is vicious! Lots of stories around Logansport in NW Louisiana in DeSoto Parish about how aggressive they are. There were newspaper reports in the local paper of deer hunters being chased out of the woods after killing a deer. A cop said one knocked him to the ground while he was looking at some land for a shooting range in the river bottom. Another hunter saw one bash a big hog against a tree. There`s been lots of sightings in Sabine Parish below DeSoto Parish too. Bigfoot hunters have gone there hunting it.



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