Posted by: Loren Coleman on August 13th, 2012
Standard black panther file photo.
A large feline spotted Sunday [March 31, 2012] near Grand Court Adrian has been identified by a law enforcement official as a black panther.
Trooper Sean Street from the Monroe post of the Michigan State Police responded at 5:51 p.m. to a report of a large feline walking in the field, according to a news release. Upon arriving at the scene, he watched the animal, approximately 2 feet in height and weighing about 30 pounds, walk across the field about 75 yards away and into a nearby woods.
Doesn’t 30 pounds seem a bit small for a reportedly “large” Mystery Black Panther? A mountain lion female weighs between 64 and 141 pounds, and males can be as large as 220 pounds. Leopards weigh from 66 to 200 pounds for males, and 51 to 130 pounds for females.
“There is no doubt it was a panther,” Street said. “It was identical to what you see in National Geographic Magazine.”
(What is a exactly does it mean to say some cat is a “panther”? There are many meanings to the word. For more exact information, see here.)
Street said the panther did not appear to be aggressive, but he urges residents to be cautious and contact law enforcement officials if they spot the animal nearby, reported the Daily Telegraph.
Thanks to Chad Arment.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.