Mystery Swamp Creature in Livingston

IMG_5389 There is a growing list of residents in South LA who would swear they have seen a black panther, whether in person on on a trail camera. In this case LABH Contributor Barret Fritscher isn’t sure what he caught on camera this week in Livingston Parish along the Maurepas Swamp.

“It’s the only picture I have of it.” He text earlier today asking for my opinion on the picture.

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After some adjustments to brightness and a quick zoom I’d say its pretty safe to rule out a bear or pig based on the easy to see long tail. Another feature that sticks out is the rearward knee of the hind leg, much like is featured on a canine or feline. My best guess would be this is a black phased coyote, or dog. Black coyotes are not extremely common in Louisiana, but not 1 in a million either.  What do you think it is?

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  1. Jim
    Jim says:

    Tail doesnt look bushy enough to be coyote. Im gonna say a dog.

    I have seen two solid black coyotes paired together in Natchitoches parish though

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  2. Scott Haymen
    Scott Haymen says:

    Id say a feral dog or Black coyote, definitely not a black panther. I used to live in Florida and I have seen a couple black Panthers on trail cams and they look nothing like that.

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