Outdoor Skills - Hunting Q&A

Q: I hear stories about black cougars, or panthers. Is there such a critter?

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A: The answer is a definite maybe. The cat you're referring to, Felix concolor, is certainly eligible for the condition known as melanism, or a profusion of dark pigment in the fur. However, I couldn't find any confirmations of its existence. Leopards, on the other hand, definitely produce melanistic offspring, and the poet Odgen Nash summed it up best when he wrote: "If called by a panther, don't anther."