Tuesday, 19 October 2010

California: Black panther sighting (via Chad Arment)

Possible panther sighting investigated in La Quinta

California Fish and Game officers searched today for what one resident described as ''a large, panther-sized black cat,'' on the roof of a local residence, a sheriff's investigator said.

The cat was spotted at about 8 a.m. in the 78000 block of Calle Remo in La Quinta, said Investigator Matt Diaz of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

''They said it was much larger than a house cat and looked more like a black panther,'' Diaz said.

Sheriff's deputies and Fish and Game officers searched several hours, but were unable to find the animal. A neighbor advised deputies that a similar cat was spotted on the La Quinta Dunes Golf Course last week, Diaz said.

The term "black panther" can be applied to several types of large cats and typically refers to a color variant, not a separate species.


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