posted on Oct, 28 2011 @ 02:21 PM
I doubt that it's a mountain lion. I'm a D.C. resident, and a great fan of the mountain lion, so over the years I've been aware of locals'
supposed sightings of the cats in the city or the suburbs, most recently (a few years ago) in College Park, Maryland. In that case it turned out to
be one those super-expensive exotic house cats that was a bred with some Indian wild cat DNA, producing a reasonably domesticated cat that was
substantially larger than a typical house cat. Folks saw it and were SURE it was a mountain lion, and that it was much bigger than it really was
(i.e. it was located and captured and turned out to be someone's pet).
The area is also close to bobcat habitat, and although their sizes are substantially different, bobcats too are much much larger than virtually any
cat you would see in an urban area. I grew up perhaps twenty miles outside of D.C., and I do recall folks I knew then to have seen bobcats near the
wooded areas surrounding my high school, so it's not at all inconceivable that the D.C. witnesses saw a large (or normal) bobcat and were simply
mistaken about its actual size.
Having said all that, I would *love* for it to be an honest-to-god mountain lion, just because they're awesome. It's long been my dream to see
nature triumph over human urbanization and reintroduce apex predators to the region, especially in the wooded areas of the city, such as Rock Creek
Park. Rock Creek Park extends up into Maryland, is larger than Central Park, hosts foxes, coyote, raccoons, perhaps a bear family (a bear was seen a
few years ago not a mile from the park's western border, rifling through an apartment building's dumpster), owls, hawks, homeless humans, and of
course, lots and lots and lots (and lots) of deer. It would be a perfect habitat for a mountain lion, but for the lack of breeding opportunities (but
I don't find many of those in D.C. myself!).