Big cat ID


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Old 03-21-24, 05:07 PM
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Big cat ID

I had this animal walk across my back patio the other night (see attachment). Iím in condo community in Clearwater, Florida. We have a local argument whether this is a panther, mountain lion, bobcat, or something else. Can anyone say for sure what it is?

Thanks, Harv

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Old 03-21-24, 05:50 PM
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Most members won't open unknown files. Videos are typically posted on You Tube and linked here.

I doubt anyone can say for sure with that night vision video.
To me it looks like a ring tailed panther.
 
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Is there such an animal as a ring tailed panther?

I believe that it is an adult bobcat. We see them in our yard quite frequently including one just a week ago.

 

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Old 03-21-24, 07:18 PM
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I agree with bobcat. A smaller sleeker cat.
Bobcat vs Panther video
 

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I couldn't open it with Quicktime player.
 
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Uploaded video to YouTube
https://youtu.be/Ix0HYZPmib4
 
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appears to be a bobcat do to the short tail a cougar would have a much longer tail, apparently that's the only 2 wild cats in florida but they may be called other names lynx, panther etc.
 
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I say bobcat as well, due to the short tail. The legs look long, but I think that's because itis walking close to the camera.
 
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Pete - I don't know what all that crap is in my post. It was supposed to be a photo of a bobcat's tail. I tried to delete it but no luck.
 
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The only other short tail predator cat in the US is the Lynx. This is not a Lynx. Geographically wrong location and the lack of tufted ears. Further proof that it is a bobcat is the relative size compared to the hose laying on the walkway.
 
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@ Wayne - not sure why the coding was wrong but I was able to convert it to an image.
 
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I know I have heard of a ring tail bobcat but can't find a pic. From the garden hose nozzle next to it I'd say its a house cat or a bobcat. Way to thin for a house cat.
 
 

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