From "The Eastern Panther -- A Question of Survival " (1972) by Bruce S. Wright:
"Turning now to the last region that will be considered where the panther has survived east of the Mississippi and north of Florida, we come to the State of Alabama.
In this state the panther is definitely established as part of the local wildlife, and here, at long last, we find a hound that knew her job. On March 16, 1948, farmer A.D. Hare was taking down a pasture fence a mile west of Ashville in St. Clair County. With him was his hound Queen. She started baying at something concealed in the grass and he went to investigate. As he approached, a panther sprang from the grass and fled to the nearby woods with Queen in hot pursuit. Hare ran for his house and a 12-ga. shotgun.
Queen had the panther treed when he returned, but it jum ped from the tree and ran when it saw him. He fired at it twice, but as he only had bird shot in the gun, it kept on going. However, it was hit and Queen brought it to bay against a bank and held it until he arrived. After some manuoevering he shot it in the back of the head and killed it. It was mounted and is on display in Birmingham today.
Two or three sightings a year reach the Game and Fish Division of the Department of Conservation, which makes no special effort to collect them. The panther is accepted as a resident of the State of Alabama and may be expected to continue in low numbers for a long time to come." (Copyright 1972)