He told PTI that they had written to the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest seeking permission to trap the feline species for a genetic testing.
"The testing will prove our belief that it is a melanistic leopard cat. It is significant because such a cat has never been reported from any where else in the world," said WWF's Anurag Danda.
The cat spotted in the camera traps is bigger than a wild cat and smaller than a leopard.
Melanism is the undue development of dark-coloured pigment in the skin which gives black skin in many animals, birds and even fishes. Black panther is the best known example of melanistic cat.