Extinct Leopard Sightings, Rare Lynx Capture, and Elusive Black Leopards

Mar 22nd

2019

CategoryPosted in DSC News Center

Rangers
Look to Confirm Extinct Leopard Sightings

Declared extinct in 2013, the Formosan clouded leopard has
had no confirmed sightings since 1983. Recently, two different groups of
rangers believe to have spotted the extinct leopard in a southern Taiwan
mountain region. One group saw several leopards chasing goats on a cliff, and another
saw one running up a tree. Last summer, a group of Taiwan rangers started dedicated
watch for Neofelis
nebulosa brachyura
to investigate the
sporadic sightings from locals. With the two recent sightings, the rangers hope
to find concrete evidence very soon.   

Black Leopard Evidence in Kenya

Before a recent report, the last
documented confirmation of a black leopard in Africa was in 1909 in Ethiopia. A
group of scientists from the San Diego Zoo spent months in anticipation of
capturing digital evidence of a black leopard. Finally, they recorded a female
black leopard on five different occasions in 2018. Recently, the group of scientists
published their work in Applied Journal
of Ecology
, making them the first confirmed report of a black leopard in
over 100 years. Click here to see the full report and photos. Black leopards are the same species as traditional colored
leopards (Panthera pardus), but they
have melanism, a condition that causes their color to be much darker.

Rare Canada
Lynx in Michigan

In Huron, Michigan, a female Canada lynx was captured,
making it the first confirmed case of the species in about 100 years. Although
dozens report sightings in the area, most of them go unconfirmed because of the
easy confusion of a lynx with a bobcat. This is only the seventh confirmed
record in history for the Lower Peninsula: one in the 1850s and five in the
early 1900s.

Source: Taiwan News, Huron Daily Tribune, Applied Journal
of Ecology

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