“Panther” Vs. Cougar-In answer to Mr. G.S. Young, you say, “By ‘panther’ I presume you mean cougar or ‘mountain lion’ of the West.” Do I understand that you consider a panther and mountain lion one and the same animal? Some men claim they are the same, but I do not, as they differ in color and other ways.
I consider the so-called “panther” which was once found in the mountains of the Eastern States and is still found in rare instances in the south, to be only a variety of the Western Cougar, if not exactly the same. Variations in color appear wherever the animal is found and do not signify what the specimens are of different color are of another species or even a separate variety. The naturalists place animals in their respective classes because of peculiarities of the skulls and structure of skeletons mostly and none of them make any distinction between the “panther” of the Eastern United States and the Mountain Lion of the West. Even the puma of South America is the same animal. The true panther is an animal of the leopard family and is found only in eastern tropical countries.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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