Major Wildlife Assistance
Officers Araujo and Polly responded to a call about a panther/dog-related incident. When the officers arrived on the scene, they met with the complainant who explained that he had heard his two dogs barking aggressively outside of his house. He has several livestock animals on his property, including uncaged chickens. When he went outside to investigate, he saw a panther come down from a tree and the dogs chased and cornered it. He said that the panther and the dogs got into a brief fight and then the panther got up another tree. The man pointed to the tree and there was a juvenile panther sitting in it looking down at the dogs. The officers had the owner put the dogs in the house, which gave the panther some space. After about 15 minutes, the panther got down and ran into a large, wooded area away from the house. Neither the panther nor the dogs had serious injuries and the homeowner thanked the officers for responding.