Bobcats: Black Panthers in the South

Believe it or not, it’s possible see wild black panthers, like this one here, naturally in the Southeastern U.S. Although most commonly applied to leopards and jaguars, the term “black panther” can refer to any wild cat with the melanistic (black-colored) mutation. This beautiful fellow is a melanistic bobcat. Only thirteen have been conclusively confirmed in the wild, with twelve of those thirteen living right here in the Southeastern United States. The genetic mutation responsible for black bobcats is the exact same as the mutation responsible for black leopards and black jaguars.

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