Posted by: Loren Coleman on September 25th, 2006
Thanks to many readers’ contributions to the analysis of the latest mystery photograph passed along to Cryptomundo. Please refer to part one’s many comments for more background.
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Click on this image of a black Burmese named “Patch,” compared to a size 10 shoe, for a larger version.
As I wrote to the Eastern Puma Research Network on September 23, 2006, after they expressed a desire to post their as-yet-unreleased felid photograph on Cryptomundo, I would do so, as an exercise in critical cryptozoological thinking, if it was open to comments. But to me what is pictured in “this photo looks very much like a house cat.”
The definitive “cryptid black panther” photograph from eastern North America is not to be found in this November 2004 example.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. 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. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.