Reports of big cats are nothing new in the Florida Panhandle. Many residents, hunters and other outdoor types report seeing them, but their claims are usually rebuffed by experts who claim that no Florida panthers or other similar animals live in the region.
A family in rural Santa Rosa County is now adding a new element to the mystery: photographs. Their names and the exact location of the sighting are being withheld to protect their privacy, but they did give us permission to publish a recent photograph from their trail cam.
The standard identifications given by eyewitnesses for such sightings are 1) Florida Panthers, 2) Bobcats, 3) Jaguarundi and 4) Domestic cats.
For the sake of comparison, we are publishing photos below of the cat creature spotted in Santa Rosa County with images of each of the other types of animals. You can judge for yourself whether it matches any of them.