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Hunter says he was
attacked by Florida panther

Tampa Bay Times, by Craig Pittman

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Posted By:Hazymac, 4/11/2014 11:44:13 AM

A Lake Wales hunter says he was attacked by a Florida panther while he was calling turkeys near Lake Kissimmee in Central Florida. If true, it would be the first recorded panther attack on a human since the 1800s. Unfortunately, say state biologists, the hunter waited three weeks to report it. That means they cannot verify that it occurred. His wounds are nearly healed, and rain that has fallen since the attack has obscured any paw prints the animal may have left behind. Still, Byron Maharrey is sure about what pounced on him from behind and left him scratched and

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Years ago at a golf course in Newport Beach, California, we were warned to stay out of the canyons that honeycombed the property because of the danger of being attacked by mountain lions, which occasionally kill and eat people. Florida panthers are mountain lions, and people are easy pickings for them. As their population increases, attacks on humans will happen. There are bears in Florida, as well. No tigers, though.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Doc Obiwan, 4/11/2014 12:36:56 PM     (No. 9807063)

He was calling turkeys. The panther probably thought he was one.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Iconoclast, 4/11/2014 12:49:03 PM     (No. 9807081)

Here in Va I´ve had coyotes stalk my blind while calling turkeys.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Iconoclast, 4/11/2014 12:49:54 PM     (No. 9807083)

BTW, spring turkey season opens here tomorrow (sat).

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Reply 4 - Posted by: bmoc, 4/11/2014 1:06:22 PM     (No. 9807113)

I live just south of Lake Wales and have seen several black panthers in the past couple years. Granted, you only catch glimpses of them as they are very fast but they are out there.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: zephyrgirl, 4/11/2014 1:14:52 PM     (No. 9807125)

A football player attacked a hunter?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: lancer12, 4/11/2014 1:19:13 PM     (No. 9807131)

´Too big a boy to go to bed hongry´. Overpopulation of attracive animals with decreased environment makes for dreased prey and alck of caution around humans. let´s hear it for Mother Earth and gaia.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Hazymac, 4/11/2014 1:41:23 PM     (No. 9807157)

When the Florida panther population got down to an estimated ten or fifteen back in the ´Seventies and early ´Eighties, some female mountain lions from West Texas were imported into the Everglades and Big Cypress areas where the cats live to improve the breeding stock, because the few survivors were becoming inbred. Each year a distressing number of panthers are killed by cars, usually on Alligator Alley between Naples and Ft. Lauderdale. A few of the panthers have been found two hundred or more miles north of their traditional redoubts.

In 1983 at the (then) 2,200 acre nature sanctuary with a Devlin-Von Hagge course meandering through it, I saw what had to be a Florida panther in a clearing about fifty yards from the second tee. Its tawny coat, long tail, and size--much larger than a bobcat--gave it away. I stared at it for a minute, then after hitting my tee shot, turned around to look for it. Like a ghost, it was gone.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Hammock, 4/12/2014 2:37:27 PM     (No. 9808353)

"Tiger Creek" is the location - good one.

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