Posted by: Loren Coleman on July 21st, 2010
Tigers or bobcats? You be the judge.
Photo credit: Body Art by Pamela Shanteau
The Dallas Observer, July 20, 2010, noted that WFAA-Channel 8 and KRLD-AM reported [on July 20, 2010] that a few folks spotted tigers in downtown Dallas [on July 19, 2010] — two, specifically, near Union Station. This caused Dallas police spokesman Senior Corporal Kevin Janse to send the following information bulletin headlined by the subject heading “Bobcat sightings.”
Last night at 10:45 pm, Dallas Police, along with Animal Control Officers, responded to a call for service regarding several people seeing what they described as possible tigers loose around the Dart Train line and Union Station. The citizens went into Union Station and alerted security who called 9-1-1. Officers searched the area for several hours as well as utilized the police helicopter. No large cats were found. The circus, that will be in town soon, does not have any animals here yet and the Dallas Zoo did not have any animals get out. It appears that they may have been two wild bobcats. They were described as being knee high and weighing about 50 pounds. Officers made several homeless people in the area aware of what was seen for their safety. The case was closed at 12:25 am with no sighting.
TheDallas Morning News also mentioned:
Several officers and a helicopter patrolled the area overnight but found no sign of the 50-pound cats. Police contacted the Dallas Zoo and the nearby circus and said that no animals had escaped.
Police have no idea where the animals came from.
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.