I had a panther outside my window last night. It looked like a mother cat and at least one young-un. I heard them mewo/yowl off and on for about 3-4 hours, until almost sunrise. After I saw them the second time, I didn't pay them any more attention and left them to enjoy my yard. Then I started dreaming of panthers. About 7 a.m. a plane circled overhead, which I assume was the panther tracking plane.
I went outside at 7:30 this morning, and didn't see much sign that they left behind, but figured they are close, since they spent so long here last night.
Panthers are not unusual here. Last year we had a panther den with four kittens only about a mile from here. And I am just yards away from the campground, where people have seen panthers walk by on a rare occasion when we were not fully occupied.
So, very exciting night. I enjoy the visitors I get here.