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May 04, 2007

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Discussion Topic: Is This a Black Panther or Mittens?

From an Associated Press story posted on FoxNews.com:

Residents in the rural New Jersey community of Vineland are used to seeing wild turkey, the occasional deer and once in a great while, even a bear.

But reports that a black panther has been roaming the woods have some people worried.

Residents over the weekend reported seeing a large black animal with a long tail walking through the fields and woods. From the look of it, they don't think the feline is a well-fed pet, but a panther.

"I knew by the size that it was not a house cat. . . ,” said Zoe Paraskevas, who . . . said she saw the animal in the field behind her house on Saturday and quickly snapped a picture of it.

Check out the photo and tell us what you think?

Comments

Matt

It's mittens. And can we please drop the "black panther" and call it for what it is, a black mountain lion? Many people are still under the impression that the black panther is a seperate species and are unaware that mountian lions and jagaurs occassionaly exhibit a melanistic gene that makes their coats black.

James

Looks like a cow to me

brian bennett

sirs
It looks like a bobcat,here in northern pa we have many bobcats and many of those felines have a 9"or10" tail,the color of the cat in the picture does look dark but not black.
Brian

William

I honestly couldn't tell if it was a housecat or not seeing as there is nothing close to compare size to for scale.

Duane

Having seen a black cougar in Washington, I would have to guess that it is a young cougar.

chris

from what i have senn of mountain lions here in montana it looks like a young 1 or 1 1/2 year old cougar,panther, or mountain lion.(they are all the same species)

Evan!

um... why didn't somebody try looking at its tracks?

yrs-
Evan!

Bombman

Matt thats the second dumbass comment you left today! A cow? you dumb as shit

ive shot plenty of them thar house cats in my time but nones of um were dat big. its a couger loin fo sure.

Matt

ive shot plenty of them thar house cats in my time but nones of um were dat big. its a couger loin fo sure.




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