A large black cat has been sighted in Plaquemines Parish recently. Officials are warning residents to be on the lookout for what may actually be a panther.
Parish spokesman Kurt Fromherz says officials think the animal is a non-native species, but says it’s hard to confirm the species of cat while the feline is still on the loose.
Nungesser says the cat may be aggressive and people are recommended to avoid it, keep pets indoors.
Officials also claim it is unlikely for the animal to be a pantehr, but what other type of feline is extremely large and solid black?
“There has never been a confirmed sighting of a panther or mountain lion in southeast Louisiana,” Don told reporters from wwl.com.
“What we’re talking about here is the cougar, puma, mountain lion, panther, it’s got a lot of names, but it’s the same animal,” Dubuc said. “Its range is mostly out in the western part of the United States. We finally got some documented proof of some up in northern Louisiana, but there’s no reason to believe that they can’t exist in the Atchafalaya. However, this is a possibility that a large, wild cat could be roaming in Plaquemines Parish….if it were, it would most probably be a leopard. Leopards come in black phases, instead of spots, that is what is truly a ‘black panther,’ is in the leopard family. We do not have those indigenous to southeast Louisiana.”
They do think it is possible the large cat escaped from a cargo ship or train as it was passing through.
Source courtesy of www.wwl.com