Ok, this has turned into a huge debate so I wanted to see if I could get some help from you guys. Someone is saying that the Florida Panther does not exist north of South Florida, plus this is backed up by biologist and the FWC. A friend of mine says he saw prints last week. I have seen tons of coyote tracks and I have seen what looks to be large rounded panther tracks (large as my hand) on Point Washington, Elgin and Aucilla WMAs. I was personally hunting during the first few days of general gun this season on Eglin off of hwy 87 near grassy point. I heard something walking in the swamp and a panther jumped out 30 yds from my stand. I had my scope on it because I heard it coming. This was not a coyote and it wasn't a bobcat. If it had been either of those two I would have pulled the trigger. I have seen bobcats on my trail cameras all over the panhandle but this thing was BIG. Big head, long body and I was scared to death walking back to my truck at dark because he had gone in that direction. I say we have panthers. What do you guys say? Have any pics?