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Old 02-19-2018, 01:50 PM   #1
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Default Melanistic Bobcat Grimes Co.

Pretty cool cat

Not sure if this has been posted yet - from our biologist over the weekend.

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From: "Baccus, John" <John.Baccus@ttu.edu>
Subject: Re: Melanistic Bobcat
Seems the bobcat you shot gets more interesting as I research about this color phase. I learned it is called a Maltese or blue variety that is very rare. According to the Hudson Bay Fur Company only a few bobcats of the blue variety were bought between 1700 and 1900. There have been no reports of a blue bobcat in over 100 years until you killed the one in Grimes County. The only other blue variety wildcat known to science was a blue tiger in China in the early 1900s.

There is little known about the genetics of melanistic wildcats especially bobcats. Your bobcat has presented us with a once in a life time opportunity to look at the genetics of this cat. I have a colleague interested in studying this cat. What we need is any bones from the cat or muscle tissue. I don't expect you have these items, but may be the taxidermist that did your mount has some. I would appreciate the phone number of the taxidermist so I can see if these items are available.

I really appreciate your contacting me about your bobcat and hope we can do the genetics.

John Baccus
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Old 02-19-2018, 01:51 PM   #2
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That is AWESOME
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Old 02-19-2018, 01:55 PM   #3
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Old 02-19-2018, 02:00 PM   #4
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Very special cat for sure.
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Old 02-19-2018, 02:01 PM   #5
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That’s awesome looking congratulations!
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Old 02-19-2018, 02:09 PM   #6
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First time I've seen a bobcat with a different color phase.
Pretty cool cat for sure!
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Old 02-19-2018, 02:10 PM   #7
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That is way cool
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Old 02-19-2018, 02:11 PM   #8
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Wow, that's really cool!
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Old 02-19-2018, 02:15 PM   #9
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Not melanistic.

Cross between a bobcat and black panther.

NICE TROPHY!
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Old 02-19-2018, 02:16 PM   #10
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Did they end up getting the DNA samples they wanted?
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Old 02-19-2018, 02:18 PM   #11
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First time I've seen a bobcat with a different color phase.
Pretty cool cat for sure!
^^^^ Ditto! Cool for sure!
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Old 02-19-2018, 02:32 PM   #12
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that's awesome
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Old 02-19-2018, 02:39 PM   #13
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That is really interesting.
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Old 02-19-2018, 02:41 PM   #14
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Beautiful cat
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Old 02-19-2018, 02:42 PM   #15
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Once in a lifetime, for sure.
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Old 02-19-2018, 02:44 PM   #16
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Pretty cat
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Old 02-19-2018, 02:44 PM   #17
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Did they end up getting the DNA samples they wanted?
According to TPWD they were able to obtain samples from the taxi.

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Old 02-19-2018, 02:51 PM   #18
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Wow that is awesome. Hopefully they will get some more info on it
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Old 02-19-2018, 02:59 PM   #19
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wow
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Old 02-19-2018, 03:00 PM   #20
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Thatís cool!
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Old 02-19-2018, 03:02 PM   #21
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That is WAY to cool for school!!

Not to mention it was a bow kill!!!!
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Old 02-19-2018, 03:22 PM   #22
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That is one incredible animal.

I'd like to see more/better pictures of the mount.
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Old 02-19-2018, 03:27 PM   #23
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That is awesome!
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Old 02-19-2018, 03:27 PM   #24
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That is a very cool looking cat.
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Old 02-19-2018, 03:33 PM   #25
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What a beautiful cat. Do we know if a TBHer shot it? Tequilazo was it you?
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Old 02-19-2018, 03:33 PM   #26
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that's just a standard spotted phase for the short-tailed black panther!!

Incredible!
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Old 02-19-2018, 03:43 PM   #27
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That is amazing!!
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Old 02-19-2018, 03:51 PM   #28
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That's neat
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Old 02-19-2018, 03:52 PM   #29
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What a beautiful cat. Do we know if a TBHer shot it? Tequilazo was it you?
I wish.... and I would not have waited 2 years to post either.

The description above was part of an email chain forwarded to all our lease members from our biologist. I have all ready seen it on other forums with no additional information than what I posted. Hopefully someone else can chime in with more detail.

100 years with no reported sightings, WOW!

I have passed on every bobcat I have seen for 2 reasons - too small and I'm not sure I would mount one anyway. This one comes out and I'm firing away.
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Old 02-19-2018, 03:54 PM   #30
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Supercool!
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Old 02-19-2018, 04:03 PM   #31
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That is beyond awesome. I have no desire to shoot bobcats, but would have to think really hard about that one. That may be the coolest thing i've ever seen in regards to Texas wildlife.
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Old 02-19-2018, 04:04 PM   #32
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Beautiful.
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Old 02-19-2018, 04:06 PM   #33
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What a beautiful animal. That's a once in a couple lifetimes kill right there
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Old 02-19-2018, 04:07 PM   #34
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That is way cool!
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Old 02-19-2018, 04:08 PM   #35
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Wow super cool
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Old 02-19-2018, 04:12 PM   #36
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First time I've ever heard of this! Beautiful animal
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Old 02-19-2018, 04:26 PM   #37
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Awesome


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Old 02-19-2018, 04:33 PM   #38
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Beautiful animal....


definitely a black panther fawn though!
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Old 02-19-2018, 04:37 PM   #39
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Amazing colors! Heck of a cat
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Old 02-19-2018, 04:39 PM   #40
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Way past awesome right there!!! Way way cool.
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Old 02-19-2018, 04:49 PM   #41
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I remember seeing that post several months ago, beautiful cat.

The biologist, John Baccus, was my wildlife professor when I was getting my BS in Wildlife Biology from SWT. Great guy...
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Old 02-19-2018, 05:08 PM   #42
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definitely a black panther fawn though!
win
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Old 02-19-2018, 05:11 PM   #43
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Wow
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Old 02-19-2018, 06:42 PM   #44
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A fella on another forum I frequent knows the guy who shot it.

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Old 02-19-2018, 07:03 PM   #45
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That is one VERY beautiful cat and congratulations to whoever got it.
Thank you for posting.
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Old 02-19-2018, 07:08 PM   #46
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I would definitely not be opposed to that mount in my study.

Gorgeous cat bud, congrats!
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Old 02-19-2018, 10:39 PM   #47
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Saw this on the book of faces.

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Old 02-19-2018, 10:45 PM   #48
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that is awesome
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Old 02-19-2018, 10:50 PM   #49
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Lucky dog....awesome!
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Old 02-19-2018, 10:54 PM   #50
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Very cool



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