You may recall this blog has been following the reports of cougars and black panthers in SC, GA, NC and TN. Just this evening, a new comment came in, from Charles:
My first trip to TN turned out to be a good one. On January 23, 2008 in the evening, I was driving from Nashville to Pickwick Lake on business, Traveling from Interstate 40 then South on highway 69. On the last stretch of highway, I was on Highway 128 between 9:00pm & 9:30pm I was passing several deer that were grazing near the sides of the road. I am from Wisconsin and watching for the glowing eyes of deer is not a uncommon practice to ready yourself for one to cross the road. What I saw near Nixon crossing the road was not something I could prepare my self for. I saw the glowing eyes near a driveway of a residence and it turned and leaped right in front of my car. I stopped quickly for the animal and in the headlights it was very clear it was a Black Panther. It paused startled and in a crouch position and took up almost all of the width of the highway lane that I was in. I was looking in at it in excitement and then took off in a shot with the long tail swooping in the air directly behind him. There is no way I could mistake what I saw for any other animal! The Panther was about 15 feet infront of me and looked right at my rental car. I did not know at the time that it was a rare sighting. After talking with people today (Jan 24) and curious looking on the internet I am finding that what I saw to be quite a unique event.
In recent weeks, I’ve already heard from several other folks in Tennessee who report having seen black panthers. Make of it what you will. Meanwhile, one Asheville paranormal website has some details on cougar sightings in WNC. An even better site is "Western Tennessee Cougar Sightings - Maintained by the Biology Department of Union University."
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