posted on Oct, 10 2008 @ 09:25 PM
I used to pastor a Baptist church in Connerville, OK (though I have since renounced that religion). Quite a number of the locals had seen both big
black and spotted cats for many years. My grandfather saw a black one cross the road in the seventies.
I grew quite curious about this, and thus contacted the Oklahoma state furbearer expert. She said they were people's exotic pets that had escaped,
even as they had been given a video of a Jaguar (spotted color phase) taken by a hunter near Ardmore.
I wasn't satisfied with what I was told, so I talked with the Murray County fish & game warden (or whatever his title was). He said that indeed,
jaguars, as well as the smaller jaguarundis travel up the well forested riverways through Texas and into Oklahoma. These big cats can travel
fifty-miles in the dark of night, and are exceedingly stealthy.
The reason I would assume the officials are not conceding that there is a wild population is that they would then be required to protect them and
their habitat, as they are considered endangered species.
Jeffrey Charles Archer