Friday afternoon, approximately 4:00 P:M, a Black Panther was spotted by Hambone and me on what was formerly referred to as “Computer Tutors Trail” or “The Timberlane Bum Trail” off of Timberlane road. This trail, and the drainage ditch to the north will now be known as “Panther Park”. For those of you with some history of Circus attendance, you will remember another Friday- October 21, 2005- when I spotted my first Black Panther in the area.
I was not alone this time. Bushy was also with us, but rolled up seconds too late to glimpse the fleeing cat. This one was smaller, I presume because it is early Spring, and we caught it with its pants down, sitting in the trail.
Mind you, there is no recorded proof of panthers, especially black ones, in the area, but they are here.
The South Carolina lowlands country has a similar situation which can be followed at www.cougartracker.blogspot.com I just don’t know what else to tell you people. We got big cats running around and that is a certified BigRingCircus fact. If you have anecdotal evidence to support this enigma, please share.
Thanks to Bushy and Doc T, I got a respectable 45 miles in over the weekend, primarily singletrack, so that equals like 400 road miles easy. I am right on schedule to burst from the winter meat sweater like a beautiful butterfly emerging from its cocoon.
Chew on that image with your morning coffee, and I’ll catch you later.