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Cookkey wrote at 2013-08-14 00:13:57
There ARE indeed Big BLACK Predatory Cats in the U.S.! It happens to be the Melanistic (Black) Jaguar, which IS native to the Americas! This is also the onky ROARING Big Cat in the U.S. I know this because I have a female with cubs on my property.  They do have a hellish, hair-raising, blood curdling SCREAM! She and I have been face to face on three occasions and I have seen her nearly all black body on 7 occasions. ..she has thick black rosettes.



She is very muscular, weighs every bit of 180-200 pounds and 5-6 ft in length...not including her long tail. She sounds very Tigerish/lionish...very deep growls. She and I have developed a protocol if I have to go near where her family hangs out. I call out to her...she lets me know if she's there with a chuff (cough-like) or a growl...then I avoid the area. We came up with this after we startled each other on a few occasions which caused her to roar and me to keep her targeted with my pistol and slowly backing away.



Her front paw prints are nearly 5" inches across and her rear paws are nearly 4" inches across. Several folks in our area have encounters with this or another cat like her!



Game and Fish came out, but they were looking for Mtn. Lion signs and didn't find anything matching Mtn. Lion sign...so they left! Jaguar tracks/prints don't look like Mtn. Lion/Cougar/Puma tracks/prints! I have pictures of her and her cubs...not great ones. I have castings of her tracks. Yet, G/F will not acknowledge her presence!



Protect her and her cub(s). They are on the endangered species list! If you can, set up game cameras to document her presence!  Once you have good photos, G/F will NOT be able to dismiss their presence and a breeding population!  Federal funding is available to protect these cats!


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I can answer questions about wild mammals and other animals, as well as extinct animals and zoos. I am not an expert about every animal species. I can look up information from books and the internet, but can't verify if all the information is true. Please don't ask questions about: 1. Pets. I am not a vet. Please contact a vet if your pet is ill. You may need to spend some money if you want your pet to live. Don't get a pet if you don't know how to look after it and if you can't provide it with the space, food and possible companions that will help it live a healthy life. Don't take animals from the wild, unless they are ill and/or injured and you can protect them until a wildlife charity can help. It is cruel to take animals from their parents, especially if the parents will look for the babies, while putting their other babies at risk. You may be breaking the law by keeping wild animals or you may need a licence to look after some species. Please check with a local wildlife group. 2. Eggs: Please don't remove eggs from nests. The mother birds provide the right temperature for the eggs and won't sit on them if the temperature is warm enough for them to develop naturally. It is illegal to remove eggs of some species and, unless you have an incubator or a broody hen, the egg may not develop. If you are allowed to touch the eggs, you can candle them to see if they are fertile. If theys aren't fertile, they won't hatch. 3. Fights: Please don't ask about fights between different animals. These questions assume that individuals of two species fight each time they meet and that one species will always be victorious over another. This is untrue. There are cases where a live mouse has been fed to a venomous snake, bitten the snake leading to the snake's demise. 4: Diseases: Please ask doctors or other medical experts about diseases that you may catch from animals. I can't advise on how to deal with viruses, bacteria etc.

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I have a zoology degree and have been interested in animals since I was two. I am a zoo volunteer at London Zoo. I have appeared on a BBC Radio Quiz, 'Wildbrain'.

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WWF. ZSL. Natural History Museum. RSPB. London Bat Group.

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Newsletters of London Zoo volunteers and the London Bat Group

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BSC degree in Zoology. 'A' level in Zoology. 'O' Level in Biology.

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