Categories: Puma

Can pumas be white?

The question is badly phrased but comes from a Google search. The better question would be ‘has there ever been any white pumas?’. I say that because it is possible that a genetic mutation may occur in the future which produces a white puma and if that happened we could then say that pumas can be white. We can’t say for certain that it is impossible for pumas to be white but we can say with certainty that thus far in the history of the puma AS WE KNOW IT there has been no white pumas.

‘Puma’ is the more scientifically accurate word for mountain lion. There is nothing in the excellent literature that I have which supports the view that pumas can be white. This is despite the fact that the Wikipedia authors allude to the possibility by saying that there are ‘white panthers’ and panthers refers to leopard, jaguars and pumas.

The fact is if there had been in existence at one time or if they are still in existence there would be a record of the animal by now. Someone would have seen it and shot it not doubt. It is sort of thing that happens.

Whiteness in big cats is caused by a genetic mutation which removes the usual pigmentation, melanin, from the hair strands because the gene prevents the pigment producing cells in the skin (melanocytes) from functioning normally. Genetic mutations occur all the time. It is how humans came into existence.

P.S. Pumans can be black incidentally – click to read about it.


Video of female puma with cubs defending her family against a jogger

This is a nice video of a female puma with cubs defending her family against what she considered to be ...
Read More

Injuries incurred when pumas attack prey can ultimately kill them

In one study, 27% of natural mortality of the puma was related to injuries sustained while trying to capture prey ...
Read More

What is a catamount animal?

The word "catamount" is an abbreviation of "cat of the mountain" or "cat o' mountain" or even "cat a mountain" ...
Read More

Tesla autopilot detects mountain lion running across road (video)

Townsend, Montana, USA: This short video neatly sums up a lot about the relationship between America's mountain lion (puma, cougar) ...
Read More

Picture of mountain lions roaming American suburbia during Covid-19 lockdown

This is an interesting picture from which reminds me of those end of world films in which nature and ...
Read More

Is the puma a big cat?

Whether or not the puma (mountain lion) is a member of the big cat group is a matter for debate ...
Read More

How many pumas are left in the world 2020?

The answer is one that is typical of any of the wild cat species; we really don't have accurate information ...
Read More
Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

Recent Posts

Tragedy in Lexington County, SC: 72-year-old feral colony caregiver killed during dispute over cats

A Lexington County, South Carolina feral colony caregiver was shot to death Thursday evening by…

36 mins ago

Veterinarian performs “humane declaw” against adoption contract

The Instagram post tells you what is happening. This is a "doctor", a veterinarian, who…

4 hours ago

16 facts about the Somali cat

Here are 16 facts about the one of the most attractive of all the purebred…

8 hours ago

Birdfeeder placement to help avoid attack by cats

I can think of two instances (but there are many more) of exposing, through good…

12 hours ago

My neighbour’s cat asks to be let in all the time, so is he neglected?

It is not uncommon for neighbourhood cats to want to visit neighbour's homes. You won't…

17 hours ago

Radon gas increases the chance of your cat getting lung cancer

Background Radon gas is a mysterious substance which appears to be all around us, all…

18 hours ago