Re: Bill, where are you?? ---- **Rogue Wolves** - Black Panters & Hector

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Posted by MMMMarcia on September 17, 1999 at 09:18:29:

In Reply to: Re: Bill, where are you?? ---- **Rogue Wolves** posted by Chris on September 17, 1999 at 09:06:45:

Chris wrote:
: Hi Champ,
: Actually, it's the same problem here. We are building farther and farther into the territory of the bears and wolves. We've also left a lot of green areas in town, and now they are just moving in among us. As people say, if you don't like the wilderness, why did you move to Alaska? It's just unnerving now and then to be reminded of how wild it still is. I wouldn't move for anything.

You're so right, Chris...when wild animals start showing up in your yard, it's because you've invaded THEIR territory, and not the other way around. But I'd still rather have gators in my swimming pool than wolves at my garbage can! ;o)

And Champ, you DO know there's no such thing as a "black panther," right? I'm assuming that's why you put the quotation marks around the term. If she does, indeed, have a Big Cat around that's seems solid black, it would have to be a leopard, which would make it an escapee from somewhere. Black leopards are not uncommon, and in the sunlight, you can still see the rosette pattern on their fur, under all the blackness. Cool cats, indeed!

We have the famously endangered Florida Panther here, a subspecies of the western cougar, but there is no record of one ever having attacked a human being. I was lucky enough to see one a few years back in the Everglades, and she was the most beautiful creature you can imagine! Got to watch her for a full five minutes or so before she melted away into the palmettos and scrub.

Wonder what Miss Gaylee's Ol' Painter is doin' these days...still hiding from Hector? Probably safe for it to come out now, since Hector seems to be otherwise occupied, swimming for his life and all!


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