Cryptozoology, BioForteana, and Remarkable Species
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Sunday, February 07, 2010
Two women in New York reported seeing a large animal they thought was a cougar: "very muscular and a grayish color with short hair and estimated its weight between 100 and 120 pounds by comparing it to her 90-pound Rottweiler." (News source.)
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.
Monday, December 07, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Scotland Big Cat Research
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Friday, November 06, 2009
Australian Panther-Like Creature
Monday, October 26, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Illinois: Big Black "Cougar"
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Palisades 'Panther' Hunt
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
NC Panther Stories
Monday, June 15, 2009
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.)
Friday, June 12, 2009
Georgia: Another Lion Sighting
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Georgia: "Lion" Sighting
Not sure if this indicates a maned lion, or a mountain lion.
"The Hall County Sheriff's Office responded to Dahlonega Highway near the Lumpkin County line Tuesday morning after receiving a call from a motorist who said he had seen a lion on the shoulder of the road." (News source.)
Probably a maned cat, as deputies checked with a local game preserve. No sign of the cat was found.
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Virginia officials say the Wight game cam images are not of a cougar. They say they visited the site, and estimates show the cat was too small. (They'd probably be more convincing if they actually published the data and methodology. Seriously, if you are presented with what isn't the typical bobcat photo, and this isn't a bobcat, put a little more effort into it and present the results professionally. Independent cougar researchers would find it easier to back up game officials this way.) (News source.)
Wisconsin state biologists say that tracks found of an alleged cougar probably are cougar. (News source.)
Monday, June 01, 2009
New Yorker: Palisades Panthers
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Ohio Cougar Sightings
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Big Black Cat
Friday, April 17, 2009
Australian Big Cat Website
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
A "lynx-sized mountain lion" (i.e., too small to be an actual mountain lion) was photographed in the Lindis Pass, New Zealand. Photograph has no good detail, subject is too far away, and it may just be a large feral cat. (News source.)
A hoax photo of a "giant snake" is circulating in the Doomadgee region of Australia. (News source.)
A Yowie sighting has been reported from the area near "The Three Sisters," in Australia. (News source.)
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Mississippi: Another Cougar Sighting?
Saturday, March 28, 2009
More California Black Panthers
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Illinois: "Black Panther"
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.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Arizona: "Black Panther"
Saturday, March 07, 2009
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.)
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
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.)
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Big Cats in UK
Big Cats in UK
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Australia: Big Cat Track?
Friday, January 09, 2009
More Australian Cat Stories
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Australia: Feline "Breeding Colony"
UK: Big Cat Sightings Continue
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
UK: Black Feline
Thursday, December 18, 2008
More Mississippi "Cougar"
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.)
Monday, December 15, 2008
Puerto Rico: Black Panther?
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Lots of Felines in the News
Big black "feline" sightings continue in Australia. (News source.)
Mountain lion sightings alleged in Virginia, North Carolina, and Ohio (see image). [I tracked sightings of a probable released cougar in that same area of Ohio, Warren County, a number of years ago. Not a great area for an actual population, though there is farmland game.]
A mountain lion killed in Louisiana is being tested genetically to see if it is a Texas wanderer.
A black feline is reported from New York.
A tiger escaped from a West Virginia exotic game farm was killed after it tried to ambush its owner in the woods. (News source.)
Monday, December 01, 2008
Cougar Controversy in Minnesota
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Big Cat Sightings
Monday, November 24, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
More Alleged Mountain Lions
Thursday, November 13, 2008
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.)
Saturday, November 08, 2008
Another VA Cougar Sighting
Not a Circus Panther
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Big Cat Sightings
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
New York Cougar Sighting
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Canadian Black Feline Sightings
Monday, October 13, 2008
Scot Big Cat Sighting
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
OH Cougar Sighting
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Georgia: Black Feline Sighting
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Australian Big Cats
Friday, September 19, 2008
The NSW (Australia) premier wants to investigate the ongoing big cat sightings there. (News source.)
Blackstone, Virginia, and its newspaper, the Courier-Record, are investigating sightings of the eastern cougar. (News source.)
A loose tiger is one of the concerns in Galveston County, post-Hurricane Ike. (News source.)
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Australian Big Cat vs Sheep?
Friday, September 05, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
UK Gray Panther
From the news:
"Will Cattrell was driving in the early hours of Sunday morning when he spotted the big cat.
"He was driving away from Uppingham towards Wardley Hill and had just passed the two turnings for Belton-in-Rutland when his headlights caught the animal's trolling off the road.
"Will, of Leicester Road in Uppingham, said: I didn't see its head but the body was totally visible and it was definitely a large wild cat with ash grey fur like a puma.
"'I had a clear view of this, the muscles in the rear legs and the swagger that large cats have. The body and the colour leave me in no doubt whatsoever that my description is precise, and I am a country lad so I know what animals are what.'"
Labels: unknown feline
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.'"
UK: Paw Print?
From the news:
"Heather Ivers, pictured, found the prints after her dog 'went ballistic' outside her rural home.
"She was woken at 1am by her pet barking.
"And the 53-year-old, from Banchory Devenick – just outside Aberdeen – discovered a massive paw print on the ground outside the next day." ...
"Heather, a potter and sculptor, recognised the print as belonging to a cat because the claws were retracted."
Labels: unknown feline
Monday, August 25, 2008
Australia: Another Black Cat
Friday, August 22, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Friday, August 08, 2008
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Australian "Big Cat" Sightings
Monday, August 04, 2008
SC Feline Sightings
Sunday, August 03, 2008
Univ. MD "Cougar" Isn't
Police think the feline spotted on University of Maryland's campus was not a cougar, but a "savannah cat," a serval-domestic cat hybrid. This is based on video, which I've not seen, (and I don't see it on the UMD police department website, though reported there by the news). I don't know how accurate the identification is; it's fairly common for a simplistic exotic solution to be "jumped on" by authorities when the evidence is vague. Might just be a large patterned domestic cat, sans hybridization. Of course, in comments on the story, most will overlook the "hybrid" part of the explanation, and freak out over the "African wild cat" part.
Saturday, August 02, 2008
Ontario: Cougar Sighting?
Friday, July 25, 2008
Australian Big Cat Reports
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Doubts on Black Cat
Monday, June 30, 2008
New Zealand Big Cat
A large feline was reported from the Northland: (News source.)
"A giant wild cat described as possibly even a lion was seen by a firefighter and his son during an urban search and rescue exercise in a quarry at Kaiwaka, 90 minutes north of Auckland.
"Kaiwaka Volunteer Fire Brigade chief fire officer John Bowmar began an investigation after the sighting about 5pm on May 29 during the exercise, which involved more than 100 firefighters, police, ambulance and search and rescue staff.
"The pair saw 'something rather large and unusual' about 30 metres away on the ridge of the Parker Lime Company quarry, Bowmar told Sunday News.
"'It was not a sheep, it was not a dog it was a very large cat.'"
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.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Friday, June 06, 2008
OH: Cat Sightings
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)
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Beast of Bay (UK)
Friday, May 09, 2008
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Saturday, May 03, 2008
Spain: Black Cat
California Black Cat Photo
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.)
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Ohio: Exotic Feline?
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Australian Panther a "Pest"
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.
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.)
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."
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Big Cat Roundup
Friday, June 15, 2007
The Puma Field Guide
The Cougar Network has put out a new downloadable field guide to mountain lions.
This short download has a high level of detail on the biology, behavior and history of these felines, and makes for a useful reference tool.
The Puma Field Guide was written by biologists Harley Shaw, Paul Beier, Melanie Culver, and Melissa Grigione.
Saturday, February 03, 2007
The Border Beast Reported Again
According to the Tyrone Today for February 2, 2007, the mysterious feline called the "border beast" has been sighted again.
"The unidentified creature was seen on the Favour Royal Road at about 10 pm. Members of the public are asked to be vigilant and any sightings of the animal should be reported to the police. It is believed to be the first appearance of the so-called "border beast" for a number of years. In the last decade there have been a series of unexplained sightings of wild animals or catlike creatures in various parts of the Clogher Valley."
The "border beast" is a catlike animal reported from Ireland. One of the best entries outlining the history of this animal, and other mystery felines in Ireland is Neil Arnold's Ireland's Exotic Felids . Arnold outlines quite well the history, in brief, of the regions felid unknowns.
Labels: unknown feline