Standard black panther file photo.
A large feline spotted Sunday [March 31, 2012] near Grand Court Adrian has been identified by a law enforcement official as a black panther.
Trooper Sean Street from the Monroe post of the Michigan State Police responded at 5:51 p.m. to a report of a large feline walking in the field, according to a news release. Upon arriving at the scene, he watched the animal, approximately 2 feet in height and weighing about 30 pounds, walk across the field about 75 yards away and into a nearby woods.
Doesn’t 30 pounds seem a bit small for a reportedly “large” Mystery Black Panther? A mountain lion female weighs between 64 and 141 pounds, and males can be as large as 220 pounds. Leopards weigh from 66 to 200 pounds for males, and 51 to 130 pounds for females.
“There is no doubt it was a panther,” Street said. “It was identical to what you see in National Geographic Magazine.”
(What is a exactly does it mean to say some cat is a “panther”? There are many meanings to the word. For more exact information, see here.)
Street said the panther did not appear to be aggressive, but he urges residents to be cautious and contact law enforcement officials if they spot the animal nearby, reported the Daily Telegraph.
Thanks to Chad Arment.