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Yana puma Peter Visccher

Illustration of the yana puma by Peter Visccher.

Country reported: Peru

The yana puma (Quecha: "black mountain lion"[1]) is a cryptid felid reported from the forested central mountains of Peru by Peter Hocking.[1][2][3] It is described as being twice the size of a jaguar and entirely black, with large greenish eyes. It is nocturnal, and is said to only attack humans during the night. It also roars.[1]

George Eberhart speculates that it may be a melanistic jaguar or puma. However, both of these animals are too small, and the puma does not roar. A melanistic jaguar's spots are also always visible from one angle or another.[1]

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Eberhart, George (2002) Mysterious Creatures: A Guide to Cryptozoology
  2. Hocking, Peter J. "Large Peruvian Mammals Unknown to Zoology", Cryptozoology 11 (1992)
  3. Shuker, Karl (2010) Karl Shuker's Alien Zoo: From the Pages of Fortean Times