May 17, 2010

Where Are The Black Florida Panther Photos?

Black “panther” photos are often more like blobfelid images than anything definitive. They do appear, most often, to look like domestic cats, not black large pumas.

“Panthers,” especially the elusive melanistic kind in America, are hard to pin down. We all know that or they won’t be cryptids.

Public domain National Park Service. Photo by Rodney Cammauf: Everglades Wildlife Images.

But Florida panthers, the specific Florida subspecies of mountain lions/pumas/cougars, are a known animal. Their Latin name is Puma concolor coryi.

One of their color phases is said to be “gray.” But where are the photographs of gray Florida panthers?

For that matter, how many Florida panthers are reported to be black?

Where are those photos? Do you have any in your photo files?

Is this the only picture of a black Florida panther, Puma concolor coryi, which anyone will bring out of the wilds of Florida?

Thanks to a question from Dave Wooten that resulted in this posting.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
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.

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