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.
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?