Its a regional name, the south has a lot of Cougars that are known by various names throughout the south such as Moutain Lions, Cougars, Pumas and Panthers, thus when Carolina was given a team they went with a regional name to represent the location just like the New Orleans Saints (due to Louisianas catholic heritage), San Fransisco 49ers (for the 1949 California gold rush), Miami Dolphins (based on the tropical nature of the ocean next to Miami) and a few others that are pretty obvious. Why did they choose it? Mascots are best when they are A aggressive in nature and B relevant to the teams location and/or its heritage, thus you get the Panthers
If you mean the NFL's Carolina Panthers, his name is "Sir Purr".
Not me, I love the Carolina Panthers. I could name anything about them and I will be able to answer it.
Team owner Jerry Richardson's son Mark selected the Panthers as the team name.
Panthera pardus .
Sir purr he's a panther
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