The cougar is a big cat known by many names including panther, mountain lion, puma and up to 80 more, but these are all the same species, Puma concolor.
In big cats, black panthers are actually jaguars or leopards.
Can a lion be a Panther?
Lions, tigers, jaguars, leopards, and snow leopards all fall in this camp. More accurately, though, the term panther describes any large cat with a solid-colored coat. So, yes, even though the puma doesn’t fall under the Panthera lineage, it can be commonly referred to as a panther.
Are there black panthers in Virginia?
EPRN’s own map shows the mountains of Virginia and West Virginia to be dotted with sightings, including a few cubs and several black panthers. However, “black panthers” are not native to the region, because black cougars have never been shown to exist—only black jaguars and leopards.
Can Lions be black?
Ethiopian lions, known for their unusually black manes, were feared extinct until a population of around 50 were rediscovered in 2016. Because few scientists have studied these big cats, it’s unclear if they—and another group of a hundred or so lions across the border in Sudan—represent a separate subspecies.
Are all Panthers black?
What color are panthers? There is no such thing as a “black panther.” Though these cats look like an entirely new species of large cat, they are actually just leopards or jaguars that have a black color mutation which turns their normally golden fur black to match their spots. This mutation is known as melanism.