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About nine months after a rash of supposed black panther sightings in the New Orleans area, employees of a St. Tammany Parish office building reported seeing such an animal Wednesday to the Sheriff's Office. Experts have discarded North American black panthers as myths, but the unidentified people working in a building on the service road near the Interstate 12 westbound entrance ramp from U.S. 190 south of Covington nonetheless called deputies about noon and said they had seen one in the area.
while some people, including local law enforcement officials, have discussed the possibility of a black cougar in our midst, experts have assuredly said that black cougars do not exist at all. They come only in tawny and fawn colors, ranging from light gray-brown to a brownish orange.
John Hanks, a biologist with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Department, agreed cougars, or other large cats, have not been seen in north Louisiana for years.
Nineteen mountain lions (Puma concolor stanleyana) were released in the area of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge/Osceola National Forest. The mountain lions were used as surrogates to evaluate the panther feasibility of re-establishing Florida panthers in the area. Eleven females and 8 vasectomized males were released. Of these, 6 were born and raised in captivity, 10 were captured in the wild in Texas, and 3 were captured in the wild in Texas and held in captivity in Florida 2-8 years prior to their release.
Originally posted by AnonymousCitizen
I'm okay with the black panthers inhabiting cites, so long as they don't block access to the polls and intimidate voters.