Cougars, Mountain Lions, and Pumas
Leopards and Panthers

Can black panthers be found in the US?


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Black panthers are not a single species. They may be a melanistic (black) leopard from Africa or Asia or they may be a melanistic jaguar from North or South America. As the jaguar has all but been extirpated from the United States, it is doubtful you could find a melanistic specimen in that country. They are most commonly found in the rainforests of the Amazon in South America.