. The black panther debate... I can provide you with absolute proof that there are no "black panthers" in the states, but you won't believe it. I'll just move on.[/QUOTE]
^^^ a man from Ellisville in the early 70's named Jack Purvis killed a black panther (big one) on Rocky Creek and carried it to the local game warden (w. Cox ) who lived in Ellisville also ... the cat was still limp, rigor-mortise had yet to set in ... he then mounted the cat and put it in his sporting goods store where it was displayed for several years .... it wasn't even considered a sighting because a "State Official" did not witness it alive ....... just a technicality but one that misleads quite a few folks