Georgia’s Mysterious Cow Killer

Posted by: Loren Coleman on May 1st, 2009

There’s an unidentified feline cryptid roaming around Georgia these days. The Statesboro Herald has the latest.

Something killed a cow and injured another Saturday night, April 25, 2009, near Olive Branch Road in Bryan County, Georgia, and Bryan County Animal Control Officer Valerie Barnard said her coworker — and a Department of Natural Resources ranger who went along with him — said the attack was from “a big cat.”
But Ranger Randy Tinley, of the Brunswick DNR office, said no one from his office has “confirmed … or denied” the attack was the work of a large feline.
Neither the Bryan County Animal Control officer nor the DNR ranger who actually responded to the call were available for comment Wednesday, and neither returned calls. However, Barnard said she spoke for Bryan County Animal Control officer Thomas Sanders, who responded to a call from an elderly man on Olive Branch Road who reported one cow dead and another seriously injured in an attack that took place sometime late Saturday, she said.
And Tinley said he spoke for DNR Ranger Philip Scott, who went along with Sanders to investigate the incident. Both Sanders and Scott were off duty Wednesday and not expected to return to work until later in the week.
Barnard said Sanders told her about the call, and said he confirmed it “ was a big cat.”
She said Scott and Sanders examined the cattle, as well as photographs the owner took of the extensive injuries, and “looked at evidence … we pretty much felt it was a big cat due to the nature of the wounds.”
But Tinley said he spoke to Scott Wednesday, who told him there were no tracks around the area, and that “ he did not confirm it was a … panther. He did not deny it was a panther.”
Wildlife biologist Steve Kyle, who does work for the DNR, is slated to examine the photos of the cows’ injuries next week in an attempt to determine what animal savagely attacked the cows, he said. “It’s an ongoing investigation.”
But Barnard was adamant about Sanders telling her DNR officials determined the attack was caused by a large cat – a cougar or panther.
She spoke with Thomas Wednesday, asking him again about the incident.
He told her “ they looked at the cow, then at the pictures,” she said. “He said in their opinion it was a big cat, but they were sending the pictures to (Kyle) to get a higher opinion or what have you. Thomas called me and told me it was confirmed it was a big cat.”
Tinley said the absence of any tracks – canine or feline – in the area made it difficult to determine what animal may have killed and injured the cows.
One can tell a feline paw print from a canine paw print easily – a cat does not leave claw marks, as their claws are retracted. Dogs leave claw marks with paw prints, he said.
He said the land owner has a few cattle and owns about 100 acres of property along Black Creek.

Panthers: myth or reality?
Barnard said there are panthers in the area. “They are around, but you just don’t see them much.”
Internet searches – and documented interviews- show numerous reports of panther sightings – both the alleged black panther and the recognized tawny panther with black and white markings – across Georgia and other states in the Southeast.
Tinley said there is no confirmed “living, breathing population of panthers in Georgia” but said panthers do roam, citing two Florida panthers with tracking collars that wandered a good distance into Georgia in the mid-90’s before being captured and relocated back to Florida.
“They are roamers,” Barnard said. “More than likely he (the panther she believes killed and injured the cattle on Olive Branch Road) is not in the area anymore.”
She said her office has been receiving numerous calls from concerned citizens in the area who have learned of the attacks and are worried about the presence of big cats in the area.
“We tell them it’s out of our hands now,” she said. “ We don’t have the means to trap ( large animals) and DNR is handling it.”
But according to Tinley, there is nothing to handle, although he said Scott does not “ confirm … or deny” the attack was caused by a large cat, and said the case remains under investigation.
He acknowledged reports of people claiming to see large cats, including black panthers, of which there is no scientific evidence of existence. What people call a black panther “ is a black jaguar,” which is not native to the country, he said.
Tinley said people may mistake a black coyote for what they think is a black panther.
But as no animal was seen, even if a “big cat” is responsible for the attack, there is no way to determine its color, Barnard pointed out.
There is a population of panthers in Florida, and they do roam, sometimes covering long distances, according to Internet Web site
“The Florida Panther is a subspecies of cougar that has
adapted to the subtropical environment of Florida,” according to the site. “Only 80 to 100 panthers still remain in Florida, making this one of the most rare and endangered mammals in the world.”
Adult males may range over an area of 200 square miles. Panthers can travel 15-20 miles a day, according to the web site.
Another feral cat has a presence in Florida as well.
“While Jaguarundis are not native to the south-eastern United States, it is believed that a feral population exists in Florida, established from an introduced population of escaped pets in the 1940’s,” according to web site information.
Jaguarundis, smaller than the panther, occur in a variety of solid colors, including dark gray or black.

Reporter: Holli Deal Bragg, Statesboro Herald, April 30, 2009.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

2 Responses to “Georgia’s Mysterious Cow Killer”

  1. ogopogoman64 responds:

    its the Wompouss Cat!!! that is one of North Carolina’s Alien Big Cats

  2. HOOSIERHUNTER responds:

    Sure it wasn’t the Georgia guys just out looking for another Bigfoot? LOL

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