posted on Apr, 22 2009 @ 03:58 PM
Friends of mine from the South (Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky) have mentioned this critter to me before, all of them describing it as a large black cat.
None of them claimed to have actually seen the thing, putting it firmly in the FOAF category of crypto tales.
For my money, it sounds like a mountain lion/cougar/Florida panther, possibly melanistic individuals or a darker-shaded sub-population. Alternatively,
it could be a folk memory of the dire wolf or other large, extinct predator. The hybrid wolf/big cat suggestion sounds entirely bogus to me, as such a
genetic feat is not known to be possible (unless I've missed some important news in that field).