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Black panther spotted as logging occurs in eastern Carteret

THEY EXIST !!!

Eyewitness encounter jibes with other credible reports over past decades TOWN OF BEAUFORT – I received a fascinating email Monday morning from Deanna Gillikin. For many years, she has lived adjacent to a dense wooded area, bounded in part by the North River and Taylor Creek. Sort of a one-way-in, one-way-out rural area, although it is not too far from modern civilization. As a good example, Google Earth shows a “Tesla Destination Charger” just a short drive from Gillikin’s home on Charlie Lewis Lane (east of town).  You might say this newspaper lends a sympathetic ear to Black Panther stories…

Black panther spotted

GRANTSBORO – Steve Thompson, a new resident of our area, sent me an email last week. You guessed it – Thompson had a quick story to tell: “Last night (June 30) my wife and I saw a very big black panther about to cross Hwy 306. I believe it t was chasing a deer that shot right in front of our truck. Didn’t know we had black panthers down here so that was pretty cool to see, very large but when he saw my truck he jetted back in the woods!” More than a decade ago, this reporter wrote a news story about Maureen Bivona’s encounter with what she believed to be a black panther. At the time, Bivona – who died several…

‘Prowlers of Pamlico County’ exist

By Ivia Nathaniel NEUSE ROAD – Coming home Wednesday night, Jan. 16, at approximately 7 p.m. on Neuse Road, about 1500 feet from the corner of Scott Town Road, a sleek black long slinky cat sloped across the highway, barely missing the front grill of my car. The cat jumped like it was floating. It made one big leap and landed approximately 10 feet from my car, but on all four of its feet.  Many Pamlico People don’t believe we have these things. But I know we have black panthers, bobcats, plenty of bears, coyotes, and mountain lions (cougars).  Approximately five years ago coming from fishing on Goose…

No doubt! I just saw my second panther!

By Kevin Rideout Sr. PAMLICO COUNTY – I know for a fact they live around here. I have lived in Craven County for 38 years and I am a very avid fisherman. In 1984, while fishing was back in Cahougee Creek, a friend and I were bass fishing. While trolling in the boat, we came around a sharp bend and about 60 years in front of us there was solid black cat swimming across the creek. I knew it was a panther right off the bat by its head size – at least the size of a soccer ball. That was the first time. In 2002, on River Road in Pamlico County, I was driving to Dawson Creek on a cool November morning to go trout fishing. Rig…

Mysterious pet could be half black panther

By Mona Lang AURORA — I wish to pass along to readers of The County Compass what has been my experience with regard to the possibility of black panthers in our area.  Although I’ve never told anyone about my belief that black panthers live here, I’m pretty confident in my opinion that they do. Maybe they have no ‘panther’ DNA in them at all, but they surely are a variety of cat unto themselves. When I first moved here in 1992 – when our environment was much less traversed by humans than it is now – I occasionally saw a solid black, very large cat near the road when I would be driving home very late at ni…

Most say panthers exist Some recall stranded circus boat

EASTERN N.C. – Last week’s front-page story, which asked for reader feedback about the possibility of black panthers in our area, generated dozens of responses. The Nov. 10 story also featured a photo taken in 2001 by Reelsboro resident, Robert ‘Cody’ Griffith, that lacked sufficient detail for a positive identification. E-mails, letters, and phone calls poured in.  Readers also stopped our publisher on the street to regale him with their theories and recollections. Almost all who said they had seen a black panther were reluctant to reveal the exact whereabouts for fear hunters with mal i…

Could this be a black panther?

Several years ago, this reporter wrote a news story about Maureen Bivona’s encounter with what she believed to be a black panther. At the time, Bivona was riding her bike on Janeiro Road near its intersection with Kershaw Road in the southeast corner of Pamlico County. Bivona swore she had seen a large, black “cat-like” animal crossing Kershaw Road in broad daylight.  After my interview with Bivona, I conferred with both state and federal biologists who explained, quite convincingly, that the habitat, breeding range, and general terrain of our area could never host such an animal.  Yet, sev…