Our Name & Mascot
Many are familiar with Fort Worth being called “Cowtown” due to our role in the cattle industry and the Stockyards. However, before“Cowtown”, Fort Worth was known as “Panther City” due to a high population of large cats in the area. Locally called the Fort Worth Panther, these large cats are also known as Cougar or Texas Cougar, Mountain Lion, and Catamonts. These regional names all refer to the cat species Puma concolor (Puma). The cat is comparable in size to the Leopard, and is one the largest cats in the world. Despite its size though, it is not typically classified among the "big cats", as it cannot roar, lacking the specialized larynx and hyoid apparatus of the Panthera species (the big cats: lions, tigers, leopards and jaguars). The Fort Worth Panther, as all Pumas of the Americas, are typically tawny (yellowish-tan) with black and white markings. And, despite anecdotes to the contrary, an all-black coloring (melanism) has never been documented in Pumas. These cats are powerful; able to jump in excess of 40 feet. And, they are capable of bring down large prey like deer, cattle, and horses. Though this large cat was common to the area during Fort Worth’s settlement and early development it is no longer present due to hunting and loss of habitation.