One of the biggest misconceptions about North Carolina wildlife is the existence of cougars, or black panthers, in our state. The cougar is a big cat known by many names including panther, mountain lion, puma and up to 80 more, but these are all the same species, Puma concolor.
First things first, there has never been a recorded melanistic (black) color phase cougar either in captivity or the wild. From as far back as one can dig there have been reports and tales of large black long tailed cats roaming Texas and pretty much all of North America.
The North American cougar (Puma concolor couguar) is a subspecies of cougar in North America.It was once commonly found in eastern North America, and is still prevalent in the western half of the continent. It is the biggest cat in North America.. The subspecies P. c. cougar encompasses populations found in western Canada, the western United States, Florida, Mexico and Central America, and ...
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The two most commonly-voiced identities for Britain’s elusive ebony-furred mystery cats, as well as those reported in continental Europe, North America, and Australia, are escapee/released black panthers (i.e. melanistic, all-black specimens of the leopard Panthera pardus) and black (melanistic) pumas. Yet whereas the former is plausible, the ...
A jaguarundi is a bit smaller but not known to occur even in Texas on its way north from Central America. They may be dark colored but we are still dealing with an extraordinary claim that it is such an animal. Cougars DO exist in Louisiana with the Department of Fish and Wildlife confirming several sightings. But cougars are NOT melanistic.
Wild black panthers in Latin America are black jaguars (Panthera onca), in Asia and Africa black leopards (Panthera pardus), and in North America may be black jaguars or possibly black cougars ...
Puma, panther, cougar and mountain lion are different names for the same species of big cat that can be found from Canada to the southern tip of South America.
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The cougar (Puma concolor) is a large felid of the subfamily Felinae.It is native to the Americas. Its range spans from the Canadian Yukon to the southern Andes in South America, and is the widest of any large wild terrestrial mammal in the Western Hemisphere.It is an adaptable, generalist species, occurring in most American habitat types. Due to its wide range, it has many names including ...