Posted by: Loren Coleman on September 3rd, 2009
Apparently a phantom panther of some sort has been spotted in Pennsylvania. Won’t you know it, in the twilight language area of Fayette County.
News reports give a sense of how concerned people are.
This classic media line turned up, as well: “No one knows if it was a cougar or a mountain lion.”
Of course, they are one in the same.
Someone spotted a large cat roaming a field in Fayette County and now a community is on edge.
At Laurel Highlands High School in North Union Township, girls’ soccer and midget football practice were cancelled after they learned of the sighting.
Someone called Fayette County 911 Tuesday night about the feline.
No one knows if it was a cougar or a mountain lion.
“Just over the hill here, it busted – there [were] animals – got the fence busted here and on the other hill there was … whatever this is was chasing cattle,” one man explained.
Some people were speculating the cat came from an animal orphanage opened 20 years ago in the area, but the doctor says all of his cats are accounted for.
The local television station KDKA has a video news report, here, speculating it could have been a “tiger, lynx, or mountain lion.”
If it is uploaded to YouTube, someone let me know, and I’ll put it on Cryptomundo.
“Fayette” translates as “little fairy” or “little enchantment.”
Thanks to Eric Altman for this news item.
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.