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Black panther in Oklahoma?

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  1. sage5907

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    One of my wife's cousins came up with this game camera picture taken during the fall in a public hunting area in NW Oklahoma. Several years ago my neighbor told me he saw what he thought was a wild hog running down a ditch at the side of the road but when he got closer he realized it was a large black cat with a long tail. He is a mater-of-fact person so I didn't question what he said. After looking at this picture I told the wife that the animal resembled a jaguar that we saw at the Tulsa Zoo.
     

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  2. dullone

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    Obviously a photoshopped picture of an ivory-billed woodpecker :D
     
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  4. The Red Hot Rider

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    Not impossible.

    Very recently, a cougar was killed in Bourbon County, KY. It was reportedly the first confirmed sighting in KY since Civil War times. It seems there is evidence that big cats are making a comeback. If you ever read Capstick's books about Africa, he says a big cat can live practically in your backyard and remain unseen. Interesting to think about.
     
  5. The Red Hot Rider

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    Oops!

    Looking at the links prior to my post, it does indeed seem the pic is of dubious origin. Still, it does not seem impossible that cats are on the rise, given all of the sightings throughout the states. Still interesting to think about.
     
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    jimmyraythomason, thanks for the reply. That took care of any questions I have about the picture.
     
  7. Paul7

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    That is for sure, there are lots of them here in NM and throughout the West, few people ever see one.

    There have even been a few jaguar sightings in southern NM.
     
  8. retrieverman

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    I've actually seen two big cats in my 40 years of hunting. The first was definitely a "cougar" on a ranch between Dilley and Cotulla in south Texas, and the second was a darker pigmented big cat on a friend's mother in law's farm about 25 miles north of my house. We found some really dark color hair in the barb wire fence where the cat crossed, but I wouldn't call it a "black panther". Both cats were very large (probably 100 lbs) and had long tails (like cougars).

    I have to say that it was pretty cool to see something like that in the wild.
     
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    See, I figure he got lost driving to Fergusson, Missouri.
     
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    "One of my wife's cousins............"
     
  11. cowpoke

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    I have heard of an seen pics of jaguars in the SW US, An some times its rare but they are black. just like leopards. Here in south florida its common to see panthers as we call them. They are about the same color as a deer. Big males can go 200 lb.
     
  12. Art Eatman

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    It's known as fact that some cougars have much more melanin than usual, which can make them be very dark brown. In poor light with a quick glimpse, "black panther" is not at all unknown.
     
  13. H&Hhunter

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    The head on that cat doesn't look like a Mt Lion. Looks very leopard"ish" to me.
     
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    We have mountain lions here all the time in Southern California, all five counties. They eat people, dogs, cats and little kids as well as deer. There are 17 reported to be just in the Santa Anna mountains of Orange County.
     
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    Raise your hand if your best buddy, cousin, uncle, or wife's cousin's babysitter hasn't seen a black panther/cougar/jaguar :rolleyes:
     
  16. rcmodel

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    Everyone click the link in post #3.

    Then compare it to the cuzz's 'Trail Camera' pic in post #1..

    It's photo-shopped from the same exact picture.

    rc
     
  17. mquail

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    I’ve been itching to tell folks what I saw some years ago in South Dakota. One morning the wife and I were headed into town for breakfast with some of our friends. Mostly Vietnam Vets. Anyway while we were coming in during a snow storm a black animal crossed in front of us maybe a couple of hundred yards out. I saw a big black cat, she saw a black coyote. My comment was, “did you see that?” Of course she did so I sped up. It was all prairie but I was afraid a biggish black animal would disappear in a field of white. Upon arriving at the spot we both agreed where the animal crossed at all we saw was a black cat. Meow. No black coyote nor a big, black cat. Just a black tabby. We both laughed and went to town. What I’m getting at is what we see is not always what it was.
     
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    The police shot a mountain lion (cougar)in the city chicago a couple of years ago. At first everyone thought is was an escaped pet. 2 blocks from a school. Dnr said the genetics of the cat showed it came from mn.

    Ps the animal rights people went crazy

    SEARCH "COUGAR KILLED IN CHICAGO" ON YOUTUBE. IT HAS THE NEWSCASTS THERE
     
  20. wankerjake

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    Why you gotta be such a skeptic Flint? My uncle's mechanic's neighbor saw a black panther chasing a family of sasquatches. He told the authorities but Big Brother covered it up, said "there ain't no black pumas in these here parts." But me and my Uncle's mechanic's neighbor know the truth.

    I bet it was the same one that Sage's wife's cousin got a trail cam pic of. Black panthers are known for traveling all around the country, evading houndsmen without fail but triggering game cam pics and allowing multiple sightings by local derelicts nationwide.
     
  21. Flintknapper

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    ^^^^^^^^

    Yeah, you're right. Sometimes I can be a real 'stick in the mud'.

    Come into a thread and suck all the fun right out it. :D

    Black Panther thing....is a pet peeve of mine.

    NOT doubting for a minute that many folks see 'something' black out in the woods. But it ain't a Panther!

    OK, I promise to bow out of this one. I have labored the point in previous threads...to no avail.

    Happy New Year to all my THR brethren!
     
  22. The Red Hot Rider

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    Flint and Wanker, I thought of soooo many things to say, but in the spirit of this forum and this day, "happy new year", and God bless us every one.
     
  23. H&Hhunter

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    Pretty much ends the mystery. Like I said looks pretty leopardish to me. Nice that somebody took the time to photo shop it into a game cam looking frame though.
     
  24. clearcut

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    I have a mtn. lion in my back yard we don't see it only on the trap cam 12/21/14,(last pic),but it's tan not black.
    CC
     
  25. ljnowell

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    For years people claimed to have seen big cats here in central IL. Finally about five years ago or maybe a little more a county sheriffs deputy picked one up in his dash cam. Less than two years later there were a few verified game cam sightings, one on an orchard game cam about twenty minutes away from my house.

    They are there.
     
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