Huge panthers were killed around Philadelphia in 1730

Transcribed exactly as published in The Pennsylvania Gazette (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) January 6, 1730

On Monday fortnight was killed near Shrewsbury in the Ferseys (?) a monstrous large Panther, the like never seen before in these Parts. Its Legs being thicker than that of a Horse, with a Body proportionable, and the Nails of its Claws longer than the middle Finger of a Man’s Hand.


It seems the Indian who kill’d him was creeping upon the Ground, in order to have a shot at a Buck, but hearing a rustling of Leaves behind him, accidentally saw the Panther a few Yards off, just ready to leap upon him; he thereupon instantly fires, and luckily, with about …… Swan Shot hit him in the Head, and killed him. The Indian received a considerable Reward, for the Service from the Liberality of the neighboring People.

Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Southeast

About the same Time, another very large Panther was killed near Comefogive (?). He had got among some Swine in the Night-time, and the Owner hearing them cry, went out with a Couple of Dogs, which drove the Panther up into a great Tree. Ignorant what it was that went up the Tree, he made a fire near it, and left two Women to watch while he went to fetch a Neighbour that had a Gun. They fir’d at him twice and the second Time broke both His Fore Legs; upon which in their great Surprize, he made a desperate Leap and fell to the Ground near the ….. spot (?), would could but just get out of his Way. The dogs immediately seized him, and with another Shot in the Head he was dispatched.

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Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She cohost the Podcast: Alabama Grist Mill and developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and

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