Posted by: Craig Woolheater on July 8th, 2013
A family 4th of July get together turned into a late night search for a possible black panther. Thursday night, at around 7:30, Karen Fory said her brother-in-law spotted a large black animal in the field behind her friend’s home located on Captain Cade Road.
“You could see it from the fence and it was pretty big. So, I came back to the truck and got the binoculars and we were looking at it through the binoculars,” she explained.
Cathy Irwin, who lives in the home, said Fory called her over immediately to see what they considered to be a black panther.
“We were standing about 100 feet away and you could see it. It was very large,” Irwin said.
Fory explained that she grabbed her HD camera and put an extended lens on and quickly snapped several pictures.
“We got pictures of it sitting, jumping like it was playing and standing like it was proceeding to take off,” Irwin said.
After considering it to be a large dangerous animal, they called the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office. Deputies, Wildlife and Fisheries agents and Zoo of Acadiana officials investigated the scene late Thursday night. However, the mysterious animal was never located. They re-visited the scene early Friday morning, but found nothing but what they believe to be bobcat tracks.
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