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NCS Case File #72: Large Black Cat Observed Near Fort Garland, Colorado
Location: Trinchera Ranch Road near Trinchera Creek, East of Fort Garland, Colorado
Date: November 2017
Submitted by Nathan
“My friend [withheld], my brother, dad and I saw a black animal in a field to our right , we stopped the vehicle to get out.
This occured ten minutes before sunset. The cat was in the grass stalking mule deer, there are more mule deer here in this area than anywhere I’ve ever been.
My dad saw it in a field as we were driving. My dad threw a large rock towards it (approximately 30 yards) and spooked it, that’s when i saw its tail and saw it was clearly a black cat.
It ran diagonally towards the road ran into the tree line.
I ran towards it but I heard something in the bushes behind us on the opposite side of the road that startled us back to the truck.
The animal was a black cat waaay too big to be a house cat or bobcat. It looked like a panther it was large with a long tail.
I’ve done a lot of research and concluded that this cat should not exist in the San Luis Valley.”
- The area where this sighting took place is in the southern portion of Colorado. In 2011, there were black panther sightings in the northern portion of the state in Clark County.
- This area is also within the range of mountain lions. What makes a melanistic (black) mountain lion significant is that is has never been accepted by the scientific community that they exist. According to the Mountain Lion Foundation, “Many people have heard the term “black panther,” but these are actually melanistic jaguars or leopards: a genetic trait that makes an individual cat’s fur appear much darker than the usual coloration. To date there has never been a confirmed case of a melanistic (black) mountain lion (1).”
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