Thursday, January 21, 2010

Oversized Black Jaguar?

In the Explorer's Club article I just posted, I note the statement:

"It’s no use returning from a stroll through the jungle and saying you have seen a huge black jaguar twice the size of other jaguars – as a Catholic missionary working in Amazonian Peru did recently – unless you have some physical evidence."

Now, I'm wondering where this was reported, if anywhere, as I don't recall seeing it before. (And, of course, am wondering if there's any connection to Hocking's mystery cats from the same region.) If someone knows the original source, please forward or comment here.

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Monday, December 07, 2009

Feline Reports

Police officers in a Minneapolis, Minnesota, suburb captured a cougar on their dashboard camera, confirmed by DNR. (News source.)

A New Zealand man is trying to trap the elusive Canterbury black panther. (News source.)

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Scotland Big Cat Research

A profile here on mystery cat researchers in Scotland.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

More on Belgian Black Panther

Another sighting near Malmedy.

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Mystery Felines

A black panther is roaming Luxembourg. (News source.)

A Wisconsin columnist writes about a 1949 lion flap. (News source.)

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Illinois: Big Black "Cougar"

A jogger in Wheaton, IL, says she saw a dark-colored feline that was larger than her 60-lb dog. (News source, and here.)

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Feline Recaps

Notes on the Florida panther that traveled to Georgia before it was shot last year here, and here.

Notes on "black panther" sightings in California here, with photographs of a dark bobcat here.

Notes on Australian "coupan" sightings here.

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Friday, July 31, 2009

Feline Reports

Black panther sightings in North Carolina.

Nothing new on the Georgia maned lion sightings, but they're still looking.

And, wampus cat folklore.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

NC Panther Stories

Another article on big black cats in North Carolina, here.

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Odd Felines

A black leopard has been spotted in India's Sindhudurg district, the first time since 1942. (News source.)

A North Carolina farmer says he saw a female lion. (News source.)

Even after a third sighting, Georgia officials have no actual evidence of a big cat. (News source.)

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Monday, June 01, 2009

New Yorker: Palisades Panthers

An article in the New Yorker on the black cat sightings near Palisades, New Jersey.

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Cat Sightings

More on the dark felines reported in Illinois. (News source.)

Florida officials are not impressed with a "panther" report from Edgewater. (News source.)

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Saturday, March 28, 2009

More California Black Panthers

An article in the SF Examiner on black panther sightings.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Illinois: "Black Panther"

A black feline is reported from Elgin, Illinois. (News source.)

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Friday, March 20, 2009

"Black Panther" Sightings

New York's Palisades area has sightings of two "black panthers." (News source.)

Indiana DNR doesn't think that a reported "black panther" could actually survive long without being seen more often. (News source.) This may be related, coming from a Chicago area newspaper.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Arizona: "Black Panther"

The story sounds a bit imaginative, and details don't suggest a very large cat, but someone records their sighting of a "black panther" here.

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Saturday, March 07, 2009

Feline News

WI DNR confirms the presence of a mountain lion in that state. They're attempting to capture and tag it, without success so far. (News source.)

An Alabama outdoors columnist opines on the presence of "long-tail cats" in that state.

A Tucson newspaper blog notes an old story of a "black panther" or perhaps a jaguar killing dogs back in the 1970s.

Sri Lanka has a melanistic leopard ("black panther") carcass; not sure why they say it "might be a new species." Doesn't sound like there's any basis for that from the description and history of similar reports on the island. (It appears that some news sources are incorrectly identifying this feline as a black tiger.)

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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Feline News

Reports of a "black panther" by two different witnesses caused an Oconee County, GA, elementary school's officials to delay school recess. (News source.)

Arizona Game and Fish officials captured and released a jaguar southwest of Tucson, fitting it with a satellite tracking collar. (News source.)

Visitors to a Naples, FL, swamp sanctuary were able to photograph a young Florida panther stalking a deer. (News source.)

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Friday, February 06, 2009

Black Cat Mis-ID

In the latest of a series on NC big cat sightings, the columnist relates how a black feline turns out to be canine...

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Monday, January 26, 2009

More Canadian Black Felines

Sightings of "black panthers" continue. (News source.)

"Marina Ploughman knows what she saw - people can say what they want.
"'Well my dear, I definitely saw one,' said the Port au Choix senior. 'It was all black, jet, jet black. My first instinct was it's a domestic cat gone wild.'
"But it was too big - the animal she remembers seeing near Whaleback Pond on the road behind Hawkes Bay last July had a body (from neck to rear) 3.5 feet long with a 4.5 foot tail. She estimates it crossed 50 feet in front of her on the road she's been driving to her cabin for 30 years.
"'It just strutted right across the road in front of me - its paws were just awesome to see spread out on the road. And its teeth, big fangs. The only thing that surprised me was it wasn't overly tall off the ground, just long and slender.'"


Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Cat Sightings

Strange felines recorded in North Carolina and Virginia here.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

UK: Black Feline

A large black cat has been reported from Horeb and vicinity in the Teifi valley. (News source.)

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Black Cat in Arkansas

An Arkansas couple think there's a "black panther" in the neighborhood; a Game and Fish officer saw the animal, and says it's a house cat. A police officer saw the cat and says he thinks its as big as a rottweiler. Images and video were taken of the cat, but are not posted online, as far as I can see. (News source.)

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Puerto Rico: Black Panther?

Sightings of a "black panther" and livestock kills around San Juan, PR, have triggered hunts and traps set for the animal. (News source.)

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Feline Sightings

A big black cat is reported from Milford, MI. (News source.)

A cougar is taped on a surveillance camera in Manitoba (and it's an actual cougar, not a big housecat, for once). (News source.)

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Another Fuzzy Video

A black "panther" video was taken in Wisconsin -- it's just a dark-colored housecat. Doesn't look anything like a cougar or any melanistic exotic feline. (News source.)

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Feline Bonanza

Feline sightings from all over:

Two Minnesota hunters say they found a two cougars feeding on the doe they tracked down after shooting. (News source.)

A big feline ("mountain lion") was reported in the Richmond, Virginia, area. (News source.)

Black panther sightings in California here.

A "panther" was reported from near Canton, Ohio. (News source.)

A Mississippi couple reported seeing a cougar cross the road in front of them. (News source.)

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Saturday, November 08, 2008

Not a Circus Panther

Stories of black panthers had Canadian officials checking local circuses for missing felines. (News source.)

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Canadian Black Feline Sightings

Black "panther" sightings here from Newfoundland, and a sighting here in Ontario.

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Thursday, October 02, 2008

Georgia: Black Feline Sighting

A large black cat was reported in Columbia County, Georgia. (News source.)

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Ontario: Black Feline

Another case of a black feline on an Ontario farm: (News source.)

"But as soon as she crossed the road to the hobby farm, west of Campbellville, she knew something was up. It was Saturday, Aug. 16 at about 10 a.m., and the animals -- goats and horses -- that normally move about freely weren't in their usual places." ...
"It was then that she saw a large feline she estimated to weigh about 100 pounds.
"'Right away, I thought it was a panther because it was black, large and slinking toward the barn,' Rogers said. 'It looked right at me and I looked at it, not believing what I was seeing.'"

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Australia: Another Black Cat

A Kenthurst boy reported seeing a large black feline, as big as a Labrador, capture a large crow. (News source.)

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Australian "Panthers"

Another sighting of large ("bigger than a labrador") black-brown feline in Australia here.

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Cannock Weirdness

Over in the UK:

A "black panther" sighting in Cannock. (News source.)

Theories of "cave men" under Cannock Chase. (News source.)

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Monday, August 04, 2008

SC Feline Sightings

Sightings of cougar and black felines in South Carolina noted here.

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Doubts on Black Cat

Color may be the main factor in doubts by Illinois wildlife officers that an alleged big black cat was an actual big cat... (News source.)

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Friday, June 27, 2008

Ontario: Black Feline Sighting

From the Canadian news:

"A large cat was reportedly seen in central Lambton County on Wednesday, one day after a black bear was spotted just east of the county line.

"Lambton OPP said the cat was spotted walking across Forest Road between Highway 402 and London Line, before entering a wheat field just west of Warwick.
"The animal was described as black in colour and weighing between 150 and 200 pounds.
"The sighting remains unconfirmed and there is no concern for public safety, police said." (News source.)


Saturday, June 21, 2008

Missouri Black Feline: Leopard

The black feline that was shot and killed by a Newton Co., MO, sheriff's deputy has been identified as a melanistic leopard by a zoo curator. (News source.)

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Mississippi: Black Cat

From Mississippi: (News source.)

Jamie Daughdrill of Brooklyn is one of those area residents who claims to have proof that a black panther roams the southern part of Forrest County.
"He has a photo of a black feline walking across his food plot that he took with his game camera.
"'I know probably less than a quarter mile from there, my wife’s niece was coming home from work six years ago. She saw something big and black cross the road and she came in and told us "I saw a black panther cross the road,"' Daughdrill said. 'Nobody had seen anything of it for six or seven years until I got the picture on my game camera.'" ...

"'All I'm saying is that it’s big and black and looks like a panther,' he said. 'I never said it was a panther, but I've heard all my life there weren't any in South Mississippi, but people are always hearing them.'"

The posture is intriguing, but it is too far away to distinguish species; without a better photo of the profile, or any way to estimate size, it's impossible to say exactly what it is. It could easily be a large lean feral domestic.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

OH: Black Cat

This news article notes a sighting of a black feline. (Online article is truncated and another article jumbled at end.)


Thursday, May 29, 2008

Danville, Illinois: Black Cat

From a news source:

"Perry Janes, a life long Danvillian says his neighbor saw the panther during a mushroom hunt a few weeks ago. He says, The wind blew his hat off and when he reached for it he saw this black object. It was a huge black cat. Across town more of the same, in fact everywhere we went someone knew the story. Jeff Rushin who's lived in Danville his whole life says he remembers his brush with the cat like it was yesterday. He adds, 'It's been almost 30 years since I’ve heard that sound and it's still there.' He says he had his run in during a fishing trip in the 70’s. 'I heard that sound and I looked at my friend and was like what was that?'"

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Australian Black Cat Sighting

A man staying over with a family in Guyra, Australia, saw a cat-like animal described as "jet black in colour, around 500 mm high, 800mm long with a sleek long straight backed body and a feline shaped head. It had a tail around 400mm long which was slightly upturned as it ran. Its gait was smooth and it ran quickly with its head at about the same level as its back." (News source)

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Black Cat Killed in Missouri

A large black feline tried to get into a Newton Co., MO, woman's home, prompting her to call the sheriff's office. A deputy shot the animal after it charged him. Species is undetermined (and no details given), but the conservation officer suspected it was a black leopard or jaguar. It's claws had been surgically removed, so it was obviously a former pet. (News source.)


Friday, May 09, 2008

Feline News

"Black lions" are reported from South Africa. (News source.)

Sightings of a big black cat in Tynedale (UK). (News source.)

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Saturday, May 03, 2008

Spain: Black Cat

A black feline in Spain is being blamed for attacks on pigs. (News source.)

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California Black Cat Photo

A California man caught a black feline on a digital camera trap, and wonders if it might be a black mountain lion. Experts note that the feline is too far away, and the picture too blurred, to be identified. (News source.)

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Big Cat Hunts

A large black feline was reported in Keene, New York. The sighting account is fairly interesting, better than most. (News source.)

And, over in the UK, police search for the Beast of Hoddlesden, "dapple pale brown creature which had a white spotted face and a dark ringed tail." (News source.)

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Sunday, April 13, 2008

Black Panther

Interesting report from California of an alleged black mountain lion: (News source.)

The Bay Area's ultimate wildlife mystery, the mythic black panther, may have been solved by a local wildlife expert who said he and a friend sighted an anomalous black mountain lion at Point Reyes National Seashore.
"'This lion was not darkish, not a brownish-tawny like some I've seen since, but jet black,' said John Balawejder, a longtime reader and avid hiker and wildlife watcher whose daughter, Alani, has written an academic paper about the sighting." ...
"Balawejder has seen more than 10 mountain lions (that beats my six in 25,000 trail miles), so he knows what he's looking at. Like many landmark wildlife encounters, his episode came by complete surprise. On a spring day, he was hiking with a pal, Burke Richardson, out at Pierce Ranch, located at the north end of Point Reyes, on an adventure to see elk, wildflowers and views of the ocean and Tomales Bay.
"'We came up a short rise through a grassy swale, and then, looking up, saw a large, jet-black mountain lion calmly sitting, eyes half asleep looking out at us from about 30 yards away,' Balawejder said. 'My friend and I stood there, stunned. It then started to slink away from us in a large semi-circle, attempting to hide in the grass.'"

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Friday, March 14, 2008

Irish Mystery Cat

A large black cat has been seen prowling the Ballylawn area of Manorcunningham, Co Donegal. Details here.

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Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Australian Panther a "Pest"

Large black cat sightings are raising more concerns in Hawkesbury, Australia. (News source.)

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Saturday, March 01, 2008

More UK Feline Sightings

Two more reports of black felines. (News source.) The first:

"Marketing and PR consultant Elma McMenemy, who lives at Barras, had a close encounter with the beast, which she described as similar to a panther, on Cheyne Hill while out walking her dogs on Tuesday morning.
"Mrs McMenemy's suspicions were first aroused when her dogs, both deerhounds, began scratching at a stone wall.
"She told the Leader: 'They were terribly attracted to the wall. One of my dogs jumped over it. I looked over to see what was happening and the cat stood up. It was right there, about three or four feet away from me.'
"Mrs McMenemy (56), said the cat was 'completely black, with a shiny, smooth coat' and the same height as one of her deerhounds - about 28 inches tall.
"'The dogs appeared to have interrupted its breakfast,' she continued. 'It had been gnawing at what looked like a deer's leg. My dogs gave chase, and it ran. It tried to take its meal with it, but dropped it a few seconds later'."

Another sighting involved a "cocker spaniel" sized, dark colored feline.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Australian Mystery Animals

Northern region of New South Wales has a thylacine-like mystery animal: "Perhaps these animals are just mangy foxes or wild dogs. Farmers and other rural dwellers regularly observe these introduced species. However, the descriptions sound more like an animal that is supposed to be extinct. The strange, waddling gait, the kangaroo-like tail and the brown bands across the back remind us of the remarkable thylacine." (News source.)

The same writer records 50 sightings of thylacine-like animals, that he received during 10 years on an Australian radio program. (News source.)

And, a veterinarian opines that the mystery animals reported at Maraylya are possibly introduced black leopards. (News source.)

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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Feline Sightings Worldwide

A UK fisherman reported seeing "a dark grey animal the size of a fox, with a long thick tail," on the other side of a Snodland lake. (News source.)

A Crawton (UK) woman saw a 3-foot-long dark colored feline about to attack a neighbor's cat. The locals call the creature "The Beast of the Mearns." (News source.)

The Chicago Tribune has an article on cougar sightings in the US.

Washington County, IL, may be home to a cougar, according to some residents. (News source.)

More "black cat" sightings from Australia. (News source.)

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Australian Panther Sighting

A Maraylya, Australia, man reported an encounter with a large black feline:

"'It was just before nightfall on Wednesday, January 23,' Mr Illingworth said.
"'When I first saw it, it was 40 paces away. I was walking along with the wheelbarrow with my eyes down towards the ground watching for snakes. In my higher peripheral vision I saw a movement so I raised my gaze to see an enormous black cat coming towards me.'" ...
"'The most unforgettable thing was its tail, about a metre long, no noticeable taper and perhaps two inches in diameter,' he said."

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Alabama "Black Panthers"

A sighting reported in the column of a small Alabama newspaper:

"While trying to finish my Christmas shopping in late December, I got a phone call from Dave in north Alabama. 'I need to tell you what I saw last night,' Dave said. 'I’m a painter, and I had just finished a job outside town. It was dark, and as I pulled out of the driveway, about 50-60 yards in front of me, four deer ran across the road. My headlights were shining right on them. Then, about 30 yards behind the deer were two big black cats. They looked like they were about four feet long and their tails were about four feet long. I got a good look at them. Because I’m a painter, I know all about colors and hues. These cats looked like a cougar that had been spray-painted black.'"

And, of course, the columnist talks to Alabama DCNR and gets the standard response: no wild cougars in Alabama, and no cougars are black.


Irish Big Cats

From Ireland, sightings of a "family dog"-sized black feline continue. (News source.)

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Saturday, February 09, 2008

Kentucky Black Feline

A cell phone photo is the only evidence for a "black panther" reported in Whitley County, Kentucky. The photo, on the news site, shows a feline with a profile matching that of a domestic housecat. (It does not match that of larger species: cougar, leopard, etc.) Nothing in the photo gives an accurate idea of size, so I don't know why anyone is saying that it is larger than that of a housecat. (Or, one of the ever-present large feral barn cats.)

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Saturday, January 26, 2008

Beast of Castor

From the UK, the "beast" of Castor has been spotted again, by a man walking his dog. He reported a black feline, about 2 1/2 foot long in body, with a tail about as long. (News source.)

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Monday, January 07, 2008

Another Australian Big Cat Sighting

From Harcourt, Victoria, Australia, comes a big black cat report:

"Coliban Water bailiff Dennis Clapham spotted the large animal while on his way to turn on channel water for Harcourt Valley Vineyards shortly before 7 am on Sunday." ...
"Mr Clapham said from a distance of less than 100 metres he estimated the animal to be about 60 cm high and with a body length of up to a metre that moved with a distinctly feline quality." ...
"Harcourt Valley Vineyards owner Kye Livingstone said his brother had first sighted the paw prints at the dam’s edge on the weekend, but had suspected them of being a neighbour’s dog.
"But, he said his neighbour’s dogs tended to wander off together and the single set of prints, each measuring eight centimetres across, indicated something much larger."

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Saturday, December 29, 2007

Beast of Bretton

Coming from the UK:

"Howard Moody was cycling to work in the evening on Tuesday, when he stumbled across a big cat – thought to be the Beast of Bretton – running across his path.
"Mr Moody, (40), from Woodston said: 'I was by Lea Gardens, on my way to work at about 7.30pm, when a big cat crossed the path in front of me.
"'It was definitely not a dog – you could tell by the way it was running – and it was far too big to be a normal house cat. It was three foot high and five or six foot long.'" (News source.)

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

More on the Clemson University Feline

The Clemson University mystery cat is now described as a large black feline reaching about 24 inches in height. (Though, with witness exaggeration, could be much smaller.) Still no sightings by reliable witnesses who actually know how to distinguish cat species. Doesn't sound anything like a cougar, and of course the designation "black panther" is useless from a biological standpoint. Nothing at all to distinguish it from a large domestic cat. (News source.)

"The most recent report was filed Sunday after a Spanish language professor headed to her office to catch up on some work just after noon.
"While making her way from the parking lot to Daniel Hall, Maureen Zamora said she spotted a panther walking slowly between two university buildings.
"Zamora — who said it was larger than any house cat she’d ever seen — scampered back to the safety of her car.
"'The animal was walking really slow and relaxed, like it was taking a stroll,' she said. 'I didn’t take time to figure out what the animal wanted. I just got out.'
"A police incident report said the animal was up to 24 inches at the shoulder, which would be about the size of a small cougar. Link said police were told the sighting occurred about 100 feet from Zamora. A university officer later saw a black feral cat in the area."


Saturday, December 15, 2007

More on Ontario "Black Cougar"

A London, Ontario, building manager and three residents claim to have seen a "full-grown, black cougar." He photographed the prints, which apparently measured 2.5 inches, not really full size for a cougar track. No photos of the track on the news site. Really, nothing to indicate from the sighting account that this wasn't a large domestic cat.


Monday, November 19, 2007

Black Panther

Almost two years ago, Mike Singleton contacted me with some stills from video of what he thought might be a black panther, taken along the North Santee River in South Carolina. (Mike was videotaping alligators.) The pics at that time were a bit difficult to see, but Mike has since cleaned up the original video and now has put a section of the animal in question. The stills show a black animal, with what appears to be a feline-like tail. Unfortunately, there isn't a clear head shot, it is hidden behind underbrush, so I can't make a positive identification. Clearly, though, that area would be worth some fieldwork.


Friday, November 16, 2007

Canadian Big Black Cat

A Port Franks, Ontario, woman reports seeing a black cougar-like animal in the area. Several other sightings have been reported recently. (News source.)

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Friday, September 28, 2007

More on Spanish Panther

More details on the Mijas "black panther" (News source):

"It all started at around seven o’clock on Tuesday evening when a British couple resident in Mijas, Ean and Valerie Ritchie, spotted what they claim was a panther from their balcony on the Los Claveles estate in La Cala. The couple even had time to take a picture of the animal. In order to make sure it was a panther they showed the image to a vet who apparently confirmed their suspicions and contacted the police.
"Officers from Seprona, the environment protection service, agreed that what they had seen could have been some sort of wild animal and organised a search of the area, armed with anaesthetic dart guns just in case they did come across a large wild cat. Nevertheless the José García of the Guardia Civil in Mijas had his doubts: 'It’s not likely to be a panther. It’s most probably some sort of dog or a wild boar', he said.
"The search was called off at ten o’clock on Tuesday night but the officers were out again on Wednesday morning, this time with the help of 20 hunting dogs. No trace of the panther was found.
"Seprona officers agreed that the sighting was 'strange' and explained that would be practically impossible for a panther to survive in the area. They pointed out that the silhouette between the pine trees in the photograph looks more like a dog - some sort of Rottweiler - or a wild boar."


Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Black Feline in Spain

A big black cat on the loose in Spain:

"The hunt is on for a large black panther spotted by a member of the public in a park near the Los Claveles residential estate in La Cala de Mijas at around 7pm last night.
"Since then, three other people have corroborated the sighting.
"Suggestions that the animal was a large dog were ruled out after the man, who managed to photograph it on his mobile phone, told how he saw it climb a tree."

(News source.)


Thursday, August 16, 2007

Island "Black Panther"

Not much of a description, but a visitor to Sunset Beach, NC, saw what is being reported as a "black panther." No size was given, other than the man thought it was too large to be a normal cat. (News source.)


Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Ontario Black Panther Sighting

A sighting reported from Nipissing (news source):

"A Civic holiday weekend visit to Nipissing Township will be memorable for one family renting a cottage on Lake Nipissing's South Shore.
"Teri Hart, 33, was jogging on Muskeg Road Friday evening when she was cut off by a large, black cat which bolted across the road. To make matters worse, the Barrie woman was with her two sons, aged 5 and 6, who were riding their bikes." ...
"The family called authorities Friday night and was told by the Ontario Provincial Police to call the Ministry of Natural Resources. A ministry official, in turn, told Thompson a conservation officer would be sent today to track the animal." ...
"There have been numerous unconfirmed black panther sightings in the Bonfield, Rutherglen, Verner and South Shore areas in the past month."


Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Australia Feline Sighting

Two Australian truckers are reported to have seen a large black cat-like animal that crossed the Hamilton Highway near Inverleigh. It was "the size of a labrador and had a distinctive long looping tail." ... "The sighting, in open farmland near the Shelford turnoff, 4km west of Inverleigh, triggered a police inspection of the site and will grow the mystique of big cats in the Inverleigh district." (News source.)

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Friday, July 13, 2007

Canadian Black Panthers

Interesting sightings from Ontario:

"Black panthers are roaming around Bonfield and Rutherglen, witnesses say." ...
"John Wilson said he was driving his pickup truck down Trunk Road in Bonfield about a week ago when he spotted what he believes was a panther.
"'I saw this rabbit running straight for my truck like something was chasing it,' he said Thursday.
"'All of a sudden this black thing came out of the bush. At first I thought it was just a dog, but when it turned sideways I saw its long curvy tail,' he said." ...
"Tilson said she was skeptical about the presence of panthers in the area until her husband and several area residents confirmed what many had suspected for years.
"'A few weeks ago my husband went out in the back field to feed the horses and he said he saw something big and black,' she said.
"'At first he thought it was a bear, but it had a long tail and was about the size of our Labrador retriever. You can hear it at night, it has a loud, high pitch, like a screeching sound.'
"Tilson said when she walked over to the spot where the animal was spotted, its paw prints were as big as a 'bread and butter plate.'" (News source.)


Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Louisiana "Black Panthers"

Another article has been written on sightings of big black cats in Morehouse Parish, LA. USFW says it might possibly be cougar from Texas. Or, it might be an escaped pet. Jaguar and jaguarundi are listed as less likely candidates. (News source.)


Saturday, May 05, 2007

Beast of Sedgemoor Again

Peggy Brant recently found and recorded on tape some rather large animal prints.

The Sedgemoor beast is one of the British Mystery Cats, described as a large panther like cat. The feline has been haunting the area for at least 2 decades now and has spurred a number of reports.

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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

NJ "Black Panther"

There's a "black panther" story coming out of New Jersey, accompanied by the usual poor photographs. From the ABC affiliate:

"Zoe Paraskevas believes the animal in the photograph is a black panther.
"Over this past weekend, she and at least six of her Old Farm Drive neighbors have spotted the animal roaming the woods behind their Vineland homes." ...
"'It was definitely not a house cat. It was large and definitely some kind of feline,' said Felicia Fiocchi.
"Paraskevas said back in October her son told her he spotted a black panther. She didn't believe him until she saw the animal in March." ...

"Vineland Police have confirmed to Action News that they've had reports of panther sightings in the area, but so far officers have not spotted the animal."

The ABC podcast (same site) shows three photos of a black feline, but none have a full well-focused side profile. What can be seen is that the cat appears to be completely black (no signs of spotting), has a moderate-sized tail (which rules out bobcat/lynx), and has the wrong features for a leopard or jaguar. The ears also appear pointed or tufted. In other words, there's little evidence that the feline is anything more than a very large (feral?) domestic cat. As we've seen time and again, feral cats can reach a decent size, and people do exaggerate black feline sizes in their imagination, anyway. Without a good size indicator in the photos, this appears to be yet another feral cat panic.


Thursday, March 29, 2007

A Pair of Black Cats

Two sighting reports of "black panther"-like animals. First, from Texas:

"Another report of a mysterious black panther, roaming a densely wooded area in western Upshur County. The latest sighting of a reported black panther is in an area off of Highway 154 near Rhonesboro, in an area called Raintree Lake. In a remote wooded area called Raintree lakes, residents are unnerved by the night time yowls of a big cat they believe is in their community." ...
"'I've seen him on two or three occasions and I'm not talking about a glance I'm talking just straight at him and him just looking at me, kind of gave me chills' said [Mitchell] Bransford." ...
"But now pets are missing in the area, and some livestock has been killed, leading many to think a big cat is responsible.
"'A lot of dogs have come up missing' said one neighbor.
"'One of my calves was torn up torn a part stomach was ripped open throat ripped open' said area rancher Wayne Ballard."

And, from Australia:

"LARGE cat-like footprint photographs published in The Standard earlier this month have inspired more Grampians panther-spotters to come forward.
"Warrnambool couple Isobel and Arthur Peart were returning home from a Grampians holiday when they saw what they believe to be a panther on the side of the road." ...

"'We were driving back to Warrnambool from Halls Gap (and I saw) a black puma climbing up the (embankment) on the right-hand side of the road.'
"She said the creature was just three metres from the car but when they turned around it had disappeared into the scrub.
"Mrs Peart described the animal as having a shiny black coat and being lean like a greyhound. 'Its tail was a cat's tail and it was a long one,' she said."


Thursday, March 22, 2007

Texas Black Panthers

Stories of black panthers in the woods near Dialville, Texas, have residents concerned; so says the Jacksonville Daily Progress:

"Residents here are treading lightly and keeping an eye out for black panthers, who many say have made the woods in the Dialville area their temporary home.
"How long they’ll stay here is anybody’s guess, according to citizens living in the area, who are fearful of a 'mother panther and her three cubs' who have been spotted along the Dialville Highway on County Road 1610." ...
"However, officials from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department say the animals may have been confused with another type of creature."

The officials suggest a black lab or bobcat.


Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Georgia: Black Cat Sighting

Noted on the Anomalist, from The State (South Carolina):

"A federal forester says he was chased into the Chattooga River by a 7-foot-long panther with 'jet black' fur.
"Terrance Fletcher, a technician with the U.S. Forest Service, dove into the frigid water and crawled up the bank in South Carolina to escape.
"'The animal started running ... so I decided to run and get away and jump in the river to get across to the other side,' Fletcher said this week. 'It was a life-changing event for me.'
"The incident occurred the second week in January along the mountain river separating Georgia and South Carolina.
"Black panthers are not native to the southeastern United States, meaning Fletcher might have seen a river otter or a bobcat, state wildlife officials in Georgia and South Carolina said.
"Still, Fletcher and Forest Service District Ranger Dave Jensen said they think he saw some sort of large cat on the Georgia side of the river.
"'It was a little too big to be a bobcat,' Fletcher said. 'My first impression was a panther.'
"The Georgia Department of Natural Resources found no evidence of large cat tracks in the area where Fletcher said he saw the animal, but the Georgia DNR’s Kevin Lowrey said it’s possible a black panther was lurking in the woods.
"If so, it was probably an exotic pet that escaped, he said. His agency regularly receives reports of people seeing cougars, large tawny cats that were once native to Georgia and South Carolina. Officials say the creatures are likely escaped pet cougars or other animals, rather than wild cougars.
"'We don’t have a native black cat in the United States,' Lowrey said. 'That just tells me it was something released.'
"Lowrey, a wildlife biologist with the Georgia agency, said people hiking or fishing along the Chattooga River should not be overly concerned. The river is the only federally designated wild and scenic river in South Carolina, and it is popular with recreational enthusiasts.
"Lowrey said folks should always be aware of their surroundings when in the forest.
"Fletcher, a 24-year-old Alabama native, said he and another Forest Service technician were surveying trails on the Georgia side of the river south of the Burrells Ford bridge when they separated.
"While taking a break near the river bank, Fletcher heard rustling in the woods and looked in that direction. Staring back at him was what appeared to be a black panther, crouched on the forest floor like a house cat stalking a bird, he said.
"When he stood up, the cat started running, prompting him to take the icy dip in the Chattooga. Soaked to the skin and freezing, he met up with his partner and walked through the woods to their Forest Service truck.
"'We just got on out of there,' Fletcher said, adding he remains a bit spooked by the incident. 'I don’t know how long (the feeling) will last.'"

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