May 18, 2006 at 10:54pm
I was able to dig up some interesting stuff about these panthers. While many report seeing a "black panther," it's more likely a florida panther with a dark coat seen early morning or late evening, thus apperaing black. There is, however, the possibility that it's a jaguarundi--a species that is common in Mexico. It's important to note that adult Jaguarundi only weigh 6-20 lbs, while a Florida Panther can weigh well over 100 lbs. That right there might clear up some of these big "black panther" sightings. The pic above shows its home range (I guess it could at one time been isolated in Louisiana). I think it's awsome if there really is some wild cat lurking in our woods. I'm a sceptic, but I'd love to see one for myself. I'm no tracking expert or anything, but I was scouting for deer in Joyce WMA and came across some BIGGGG cat tracks. I say cat and not dog/coyote because they were sunk deep into the mud with so signs of claw marks (as all you know a cat's claws are retractable). And if any of you have ever been back in Joyce WMA, you know that IF there's panthers in this state, they'd definately be back there. Joyce is one of the most remote, inaccessable peices of land in the entire state--plenty of deer, hogs, & rabbit to keep many panthers full.