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Re: Big Cats

by Blue Frost » May 17th, 2021, 7:33 pm

Looks quite a bit like our domesticated ones, and if I saw it here I would trap it, and take it off someplace else.
Being the tail id quite large I might think different though.

Re: Big Cats

by Gary Oak » May 9th, 2021, 12:27 pm

Here’s a much smaller Chinese wildcat caught on film for the first time. The Chinese Mountain Cat.

Re: Big Cats

by Gary Oak » May 6th, 2021, 6:03 pm

With everyone watching everyone to rat over there I imagine that the death penalty would work as it did for the panda. China has a lot of amazing animals. If they can stop the poaching I believe that in a mere twenty years their forests will be rival any other place in the world.

Re: Big Cats

by Renee » May 6th, 2021, 2:27 pm

Gary Oak wrote: May 5th, 2021, 9:38 pm That’s three more additions to the Amur tiger gene pool. In Canada too. Hopefully China is putting a death sentence on anyone who poaches these endangered cats as they did their pandas. That death sentence works over there. https://www.iheartradio.ca/610cktb/1.15 ... ZYnBc_Bfgc
Yeah right...More like the Chinese will up the price of tiger penis aphrodisiacs.

Re: Big Cats

by Gary Oak » May 5th, 2021, 9:38 pm

That’s three more additions to the Amur tiger gene pool. In Canada too. Hopefully China is putting a death sentence on anyone who poaches these endangered cats as they did their pandas. That death sentence works over there. https://www.iheartradio.ca/610cktb/1.15 ... ZYnBc_Bfgc

Re: Big Cats

by Gary Oak » April 7th, 2021, 10:46 am

This black tiger in India apparently is very rare. https://av.paww.tv/extremely-rare-black ... TAlrghSyq8

Re: Big Cats

by Gary Oak » March 17th, 2021, 9:38 pm

A black serval is a very rare black panther. https://m.pawsplanet.me/2682/

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Re: Big Cats

by Renee » February 26th, 2021, 10:34 am

Gary Oak wrote: February 25th, 2021, 11:03 pm Have you ever heard of a jaguarundi ?
I've seen them in zoos and as taxidermy exhibits in museums. They're built almost like a civet and they look like they could be in the civet family.....I was lucky enough to find the tracks of what probably was a jaguarundi when I was exploring Chichen Itza. The tracks were definitely a cat of some sort but too large for a common house cat and too small for a jaguar, which inhabitants the same range in the Yucatan. Our guide who was very knowledgeable in the flora and fawna of the area, agreed that it was probably a Jaguarundi or an Ocelot.

Re: Big Cats

by Gary Oak » February 25th, 2021, 11:03 pm

Have you ever heard of a jaguarundi ?

Re: Big Cats

by Blue Frost » December 4th, 2020, 10:13 pm

I have seen them really light colored before, but i don't think that white.
Not very good of camouflage is it.

Re: Big Cats

by Gary Oak » December 4th, 2020, 8:43 pm

Nobody has ever seen a white cougar before. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/anim ... Lrqk#close
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A leucistic cougar walks through southeastern Brazil's Serra dos Órgãos National Park on July 5, 2013. The animal has not been seen since.
Photograph by ICMBio
Animals
Extremely rare white cougar highlights a quirk of the species
“Another white cougar may not appear in my lifetime,” scientist says of unusual young male spotted in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest.
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By Christine Dell'Amore

PUBLISHED December 3, 2020

Move over, black panther—there’s a white cougar in the limelight. Photographs recently resurfaced of a ghostly young male striding through Serra dos Órgãos National Park in southeastern Brazil’s Atlantic Forest. Taken in 2013, the photographs were the first confirmed case of a wild cougar with leucism, a genetic mutation that turns most of its body white.

“That shows you how extremely unusual it is,” says Luke Hunter, executive director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Big Cats Program and author of the book Wild Cats of the World. “It’s a striking set of photos.”

Genetic color aberrations, such as albinism and leucism, are relatively common among wild cats, but for unknown reasons, they’re almost unheard of in cougars, a successful predator whose habitat stretches from Canada to Chile, the biggest north-south range of any wild cat. (Read about a “strawberry” leopard found in Africa.)
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For instance, melanism, a surplus of the black pigment melanin, occurs in 14 of the 40 known wild cat species, but no one has ever recorded a black cougar—either in captivity or in the wild. As for albinism, in which animals are unable to produce any kind of pigment—hence their pink eyes—there are only two records of such cougars, Hunter says: one at a zoo and one wild animal treed by hunters in the western United States. And outside of the Brazilian cougar, there is only one other known example of a cougar with leucism: An online photo taken at an unknown zoo, Hunter says.

“Another white cougar may not appear in my lifetime,” he says.
Not so black and white

Cougars, also known as pumas or mountain lions, display very little variation in coat colors overall, which are mostly muted, earthy tones of tan and gray.

Hunter says no one knows why color-changing genes are so rare in the species.

“My best guess is that the distant ancestor of pumas was uniformly colored, and that has been maintained in the species ever since,” he says. “But that’s just a consequence of the randomness of mutation, the roll of the genetic dice.” (See pictures of albino and leucistic animals, from squirrels to crayfish.)

After the photos were taken, researchers had hoped to capture the Brazilian cat and analyze its genes, but they haven’t seen it again, according to Cecília Cronemberger de Faria, an environmental analyst for the national park where the cat was sighted.

“The camera trap monitoring project restarted last year, but we still have no new record of this animal or any other odd-colored pumas,” she wrote in a recent email to National Geographic. Cronemberger de Faria is the co-author of the 2018 report in CATnews, a publication of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, that described the animal.

See Why the Mysterious Mountain Lion Is the 'Bigfoot' of Big Cats

Though the lack of cougar color variation probably isn’t linked to any evolutionary advantage or disadvantage, there are theories that black panthers, an umbrella term that refers to any big cat with a dark coat, may benefit from the camouflage of a darker coloring.

For instance, black leopards are plentiful in the dense rainforests of peninsular Malaysia, but not in the deserts of Central Asia, suggesting black coats provide a benefit in dimly lit habitats. (See our exclusive picture of a rare black wild cat seen in Africa.)
A normal lifestyle

The CATnews study authors also raise the possibility that the leucistic cougar could be a sign of inbreeding in the rapidly shrinking Atlantic Forest, where cougar populations are more fragmented. The IUCN lists the conservation status of cougars as “of least concern,” although they are dwindling in many places, including Brazil, due to habitat loss and lack of prey.

But because no other leucistic animals have been sighted, “I doubt that’s at play here,” Hunter says.

The leucistic cougar’s pale coat is likely not a handicap, he adds: As an ambush predator, it would rely on the forest cover to get very close to a small mammal before attacking. Hunting would be more difficult, he notes, if the white cougar were hunting deer in the open plains of the western U.S.

As for its ability to find a mate, he chuckles, “I’m almost certain a female cougar wouldn’t mind.”

Re: Big Cats

by Gary Oak » October 30th, 2020, 1:02 pm

I’ve never seen golden tigers before. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... ScAGsPOBk4



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Re: Big Cats

by Gary Oak » October 1st, 2020, 1:29 pm

Here are some photos of a rare black Indian leopard. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... 0G7u20uHTg

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Re: Big Cats

by Mel Gibson » September 21st, 2020, 4:21 am

Beautiful animal! Only around 500 are known to exist in the wild, which to me is shocking! The related Caspian Tiger went extinct a few decades ago.

Re: Big Cats

by Gary Oak » September 20th, 2020, 3:02 pm

Seeing a Siberian tiger in the wild is a thrill..... unless you’re actually in the woods with it.

Re: Big Cats

by Blue Frost » September 20th, 2020, 1:18 am

Marked tree, and marking them so they know who is around :)
awesome creatures.

Re: Big Cats

by Gary Oak » September 19th, 2020, 7:04 pm

Re: Big Cats

by Blue Frost » May 28th, 2020, 2:35 pm

I have read about them in Roman history years ago, the Romans made extent several animals like Rhino, and others.
There is another large type of Lion also on Kilimanjaro with black mains, they go after adult elephants they are so healthy.

Re: Big Cats

by Gary Oak » May 25th, 2020, 1:00 am

Re: Big Cats

by Blue Frost » May 15th, 2020, 11:31 am

I would assume they come up from the Rockies, and up the west coast from California threw Washington state.
We might have a few now in Eastern Kentucky since Elk was brought back in, bears have came back because of that, and little hunting up there now.
Back when i was a kid there was no big game anymore there, people ate everything like that before then.

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