Monday, August 17, 2009

Melanistic jaguar in California?

Photo from Wikipedia.

This story doesn't sound like it is about a wild jaguar, but, "Palomares Canyon residents are the latest to report a sighting of a big, black feline," is just too good to pass up.
The legend of a wild black cat roaming the East Bay hills continues.

For years people have reported seeing a big, dark cat — about the size of a mountain lion — but Lynn Reed and his wife Kathleen said they saw it about 6:30 p.m. July 30 near Pleasanton.

The Reeds were driving down the Dublin grade on eastbound Interstate 580 when Lynn Reed said he spotted a black creature moving near the Foothill Road exit.

Putting dinner plans aside, he took the offramp and drove over to the hill where he saw the animal. And there it was. Reed said he and his wife watched it for 10 minutes.
Maybe, maybe not. But an awesome and exciting encounter nonetheless!


Emily said...

Thanks for your common sense posting. You are the only source I have seen that points out that, if in fact this is a large wildcat, it would have to be a jaguar. Other sources keep referring to it as a black mountain lion. It also seems like there is some of that contagious sighting phenomenon going on that I've been railing on in my blog.

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