According to my Dad's oral history, One of my Grandfather's brothers was attacked by a panther near Many, La in the late 1800's early 1900's. My grandfather, M.S. Briggs, had homesteaded a section north of Mt. Carmel. According to the story, his brother had been through the woods on a hike to visit someone and was returning home. Upon approaching 'Middle Creek' he was jumped by the cat and shot it with a .45 Colt Peacemaker five times. He lived and the cat didn't. No details on injuries, but this was told as truth, and my mother verified having heard the story from my grandmother Briggs. Taken together, that's gospel. I believe he killed it and made it home. I really don't know if it jumped him or he just shot it. This was a time when no one questioned a man packing Iron for his own defence, and I do believe it happened. It would have been in what is now the Kisatchee National Forest. George.