Wild Animals/Big cats.


Joe Nunn wrote at 2013-10-07 21:21:42
I had to comment on this particular subject . I am commenting because I came across this sight looking to see if anyone had spotted a very large black cat near Meadows of Dan Virginia . Last night  my girlfriend and I were riding on a road called Squirrel Spur, in Patrick County Virginia  around 9:30 PM . As we were driving we saw a huge very black cat cross not more than 30 feet in front of our car . We both noticed it at the same time . This was not a dog or a domestic cat .

I have hunted and fished all of my life . I have seen most all types of animals at one time or another . This is not a case of mistaken Identity or size either .  I have observed my Pointer bird dogs across fields from far away . I know that I am a very good judge of size from a distance from hunting the last 35 years .

I'm not here to argue species . All I'm saying is that from 30 feet we made no mistake that it was a very large black cat , very much longer than any dog .

It was at least 2 feet tall at the shoulder . I know without a doubt it would weigh well over 100 pounds . The paws were as big as my hand . That is how well we could see it .  Then it was gone up an embankment and into the dark . Has anyone seen anything similar there or near by ? I live in North Carolina and was up in Virginia visiting, so maybe someone from there has seen the big cat  

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I can answer questions about wild mammals and other animals, as well as extinct animals and zoos. I am not an expert about every animal species. I can look up information from books and the internet, but can't verify if all the information is true. Please don't ask questions about: 1. Pets. I am not a vet. Please contact a vet if your pet is ill. You may need to spend some money if you want your pet to live. Don't get a pet if you don't know how to look after it and if you can't provide it with the space, food and possible companions that will help it live a healthy life. Don't take animals from the wild, unless they are ill and/or injured and you can protect them until a wildlife charity can help. It is cruel to take animals from their parents, especially if the parents will look for the babies, while putting their other babies at risk. You may be breaking the law by keeping wild animals or you may need a licence to look after some species. Please check with a local wildlife group. 2. Eggs: Please don't remove eggs from nests. The mother birds provide the right temperature for the eggs and won't sit on them if the temperature is warm enough for them to develop naturally. It is illegal to remove eggs of some species and, unless you have an incubator or a broody hen, the egg may not develop. If you are allowed to touch the eggs, you can candle them to see if they are fertile. If theys aren't fertile, they won't hatch. 3. Fights: Please don't ask about fights between different animals. These questions assume that individuals of two species fight each time they meet and that one species will always be victorious over another. This is untrue. There are cases where a live mouse has been fed to a venomous snake, bitten the snake leading to the snake's demise. 4: Diseases: Please ask doctors or other medical experts about diseases that you may catch from animals. I can't advise on how to deal with viruses, bacteria etc.


I have a zoology degree and have been interested in animals since I was two. I am a zoo volunteer at London Zoo. I have appeared on a BBC Radio Quiz, 'Wildbrain'.

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BSC degree in Zoology. 'A' level in Zoology. 'O' Level in Biology.

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