Neosho Black Panther: A Leopard

Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 22nd, 2008

A Newton County, Missouri, sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a large, black, declawed cat, which turned up in a residential yard on May 19, 2008.

The cat was a young male whose body was approximately 3 feet long and weighed 40 pounds. Its age was estimated at six months. An initial examination showed the claws had been removed from all four of the animal’s paws. Its fur was jet black.

Steve Bircher, curator of mammals/carnivores at the St. Louis Zoological Park, has positively identified the Newton County cat as a leopard (Panthera pardus).

More non-news background at: Black Cat Killed Near Neosho Was Not a Mountain Lion by Jon Law,
Saturday, June 21, 2008.

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.

5 Responses to “Neosho Black Panther: A Leopard”

  1. joppa responds:

    Certainly it was a pet. Shame on the coward that won’t admit that he/she let it escape.

  2. bill green responds:

    panthers & wildlife & sasquatch creatures must be moveing to safer parts of forests becouse the severe weather therefore they might be seen more often now. thanks bill green

  3. shumway10973 responds:

    look, I may not be the one drugging the animals on wild kingdom (Robin Williams reference), but to me it is logical that upon hearing about a large cat–a bloody steak laced with some sleeping pills might be in order. As cats go (all cats to my knowledge) simply pull up, possibly make some noise and while the animal is coming for you-toss the steak at them. First the motion of something will intrigue them, and then the smell will stop them in their tracks. Once drugged you can determine so much about it. Heck, if it takes animal control longer than you like, hand cuff it. But the point is that just because there’s a call about a large animal seeming to attack people doesn’t mean it will kill anyone. True, be careful, but let’s not act like total idiots.

  4. NightFlight responds:

    Joppa: I whole-heartedly agree.

    Had the owner, who went throught he expense of de-clawing this magnificent animal, just put a collar with a vaccination tag on the cat. I truly believe that the law enforcement professional would have held fire to ascertain ownership. It obviously wasn’t large enough to cause major problems for the officer and I still believe that he shot it because of the suspicion of rabies. Rabies ain’t pretty, people, nor are the vaccines one has to get after being bitten by a rabid animal.

  5. Shane Durgee responds:

    Sad story all around, beginning with this poor creature being mutilated by its owner.

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