Clear photo of big black cat from Texas shows up on Facebook (UPDATE: Debunked!)

Our commenters are AWESOME! See update below.

Geunine? Or not. Hard to tell. It does look like a real animal and is in focus but it is in Texas? Is it alive or  a taxidermy mount? Details are not all in yet. The resolution is also too low to be able to see the details.

Thanks to Texas Cryptid Hunter, Mike, for the tip.

Texas Cryptid Hunter: Texas Black Panther Clearly Photographed…Maybe.

Unlike many photos that are purported to show black panthers, this one is undeniably a big cat. It is clearly very large and you can see the spots despite the black coat. IF this shot really was captured in Texas then it is a game changer. The photo was brought to my attention by a Facebook follower who came across it on another Facebook page called Big Bucks & Diesel Trucks.

Reported game cam photo near Kosse, Tx.

Reported game cam photo near Kosse, Tx.

The facebook photo was uploaded late Saturday, supposedly taken near Kosse, Texas, which is in the east central part of the state (not near the borders where we might expect jaguars to cross over). But as we covered before, jaguars do sometimes roam through the southern states and CAN be melanistic. This does not appear to be a black mountain lion (and there is no documentation of such a thing anyway). Is this a hoax? Is it real? As Mike says, if it’s real, it’s interesting. We’re hoping for more info to come out or else we are left with another dead end.

Earlier this month, we had this story about jaguars visiting Texas which has more links and information. Jaguars visiting Texas?

Melanistic jaguar

Melanistic jaguar

UPDATE: WOW, commenters, YOU are on the BALL!
This picture is a hoax. It is a real animal from Africa.

Chasing Mpumalanga’s Black Leopard | The Write News Agency.

  17 comments for “Clear photo of big black cat from Texas shows up on Facebook (UPDATE: Debunked!)

  1. Massachusetts
    October 27, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Weren’t jaguars part of the regional fauna in the south west until hunted out early last century ?

  2. October 27, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Here’s the same picture from Mpumalanga (wherever that is) from March 2013. The caption says it’s a leopard in captivity.

    (I learned how to find this from Tim Farley on Virtual Skeptics. Thanks, Tim!)

    • October 27, 2013 at 7:16 PM

      Joy: I will make sure this comes up on Virtual Skeptics! THANK YOU. Well done.

  3. October 27, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Massachusetts, that is correct. Jaguars were native to Texas until extirpated.

  4. October 27, 2013 at 5:04 PM
  5. October 27, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    I volunteer in dog (Rottweiler) and cat rescue, and one of our big efforts a few years ago was with huge raid on a “farm” that had over 200 Rotties, plus a couple dozen huskies and other breeds. It was a puppy mill, but for big dogs. Awful conditions – starvation, neglect, etc. The people who owned it also kept big cats, also in horrid conditions, and states like Texas have a lot of these types of crazy animal hoarders operating what they call “farms” “preserves” and the like (lax or non-existent zoning and animal cruelty law enforcement in rural counties). It could very well be that this particular big cat is an escapee from a similar situation.

  6. Blargh
    October 27, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Lagaya1: How did you find it? TinEye gives me nothing.

  7. RonT
    October 27, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Nice find on the picture. Apparently the cat gets around. Mprumalanga is in Africa.

  8. Lagaya1
    October 27, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Blargh- very simple, in Google Chrome browser right click the picture, and select image search. It will show you all the places in google that used that pic. (you have to sign up for the free ap in google chrome first, but it’s really handy. I believe the ap is called Google image search, or reverse image search. I can’t remember which I selected when I downloaded the ap.)

  9. Lagaya1
    October 27, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    I believe you can also drag and drop the image into the google image page search bar. Then you don’t need google chrome or an ap.

  10. October 27, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    I jusr posted Lagaya1′s link in the comments on the Big Bucks FB page. Let’s see how people react or if they come up with more excuses.

  11. RonT
    October 27, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Lagaya1. Thanks. That is quick. I have always just google image searched for “black panther animal trail cam” or something similar. Every week I have friends posting mountain lion trail cam shots in the adirondacks. All the cam pictures are always taken from somewhere else. This will make the debunking quicker.

  12. October 27, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Sharon, I currently live 15 miles west of Kosse. I have noooooooo doubt that’s a hoax.

  13. October 28, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    @Lagaya1: Somebody mentioned your find in teh comments on the FB page where it was originally posted, but everybody seems to be ignoring that.

  14. October 31, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Google reverse image search is your friend to debunk all this :) :)

  15. CHR
    March 2, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    Believe or don’t, but right now there is a big black/dark brown cat in Montague county leaving tracks and probably responsible for the disappearance of a newborn calf. My family has lived here for a century and have, only rarely since the 1960′s, spotted the large cat{s} either early in the morning or late at night. Apparently they migrate through here periodically, as sightings are rare, and this is the first time we have lost a calf to one.

  16. Craig
    April 2, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    I saw a large black cat crossing a rural Hays County road near CR 222 a few years back. We both stopped in our tracks to stare at one another for a moment. Surreal to say the least.

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