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.

What is it? A strange cat was captured by a trail cam in rural Santa Rosa County, Florida.

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.

Close up of the animal from the trail cam image.
Bobcats crossing a street. Sightings such as the one in Santa Rosa County are often credited to bobcats.
The Santa Rosa County animal.
A Florida Panther. Wildlife experts do not believe that these large cats still range as far north as the Florida Panhandle.
Close up of the animal from the trail cam image.
A domestic cat in a similar stalking pose to the animal in the Santa Rosa County photograph.
The Santa Rosa County animal.
A Jaguarundi. These cats are native to a region from Texas down to South America, but have been spotted in both Florida and coastal areas of Alabama. It is thought that they were intentionally introduced into Florida.
A different view of the head of a Jaguarundi.