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MAULDIN — No one is exactly sure what the creature is.
But over the last week, authorities have received at least three unconfirmed sightings of what folks are describing as a large black cat creeping near the edge of wooded areas southeast of Mauldin.
Black cat fever has hit Mauldin.
"People are talking about it," said Mary Kay Land. "They think it's kind of exciting."
Land lives in Ricelan Springs subdivision, a neighborhood of neatly manicured lawns, newly built homes and driveways chalked with children's drawings around Bridges and Holland roads where the black cat sightings started.
Eight people called Mauldin Police over the weekend saying they'd seen a black cat — much larger than a house cat — prowling the wooded areas just behind their homes, said Capt. Steve Moore, police spokesman. Last week, a Ricelan resident and two policemen said they had seen the cat.
Moore said his 6-year-old son donned camouflage to go "panther hunting" in a field near his house Saturday. He has never seen anything like it in 15 years with the department.
"We are trying to confirm what is happening here," he said. " It is one of those things like a UFO. You don't believe until you get a picture of it. So far it's like a ghost."
Originally posted by Valhall
Why are they going to trap it? Why can't you people just let it live in its natural environment? Has it hurt anybody? Has it threatened anybody? Is it eating your cows?
Typical BS human reaction. And I'm willing to bet there has been recent development in an area around there that was formally undeveloped...