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Friday - 10/28/2011, 1:40pm ET Amy Hunter, wtop.com WASHINGTON -- There's a cougar on the loose in Northwest D.C. We're not talking about a good-looking, older lady. We're talking about an actual cougar, or mountain lion or puma. And we can't say for certain that there is, actually, a predatory cat roaming Glover Park. But we can say that animal control officers are scouring the streets in search of such a creature. "Someone could very well have had it as a pet and let it go," says Scott Giacoppo, chief of field services at D.C. Animal Control. "But we're leaning more toward some other kind of animal, maybe a fox, with a skin condition."
Some believe a mountain lion may be lurking in northwest Washington. One neighbor described the creature as larger and wider than a deer, with the long tail of a cat. Another woman said she was walking her dog in McLean Gardens at the edge of Glover Park when she spotted the large cat last week. The cat, which she believes is a mountain lion, ran off into some nearby woods. Someone else reported seeing the cat last February.
Originally posted by Britx
WOW. That’s really odd/coincidental. Link to my Local News There has been several (unfounded) reports of seeing a mountain lion in the area.. (Im in Philly’s suburbs).
Originally posted by amaster
This is his planet as well and has every right to be there. He's more than likely just looking for food. If he is ferrel then every effort should be made to trap him alive, provided the medical care he needs and released back into the wilds at a safe distence from civilization. However, knowing the trigger happy nature of police officers and Wildlife and Fisheries, they will probably just shoot on site.
Originally posted by snowspirit
reply to post by angrywhitechick
Could likely be a cougar. I know up here in Canada, we don't have anywhere that doesn't have cougars. They are everywhere.
I don't understand how it could be mistaken for a fox with a skin condition, even from a distance
They look completely different, from nose to tail, and a fox is much smaller, unless it's a baby cougar, and even their colouring is usually much brighter
Originally posted by AurelioMaghe
What's up with all these exotic animals sightings in urban areas over the years?
Usually its about a big cat of some kind.
Tons of people see them but authorities are never able to catch one lion/panther/tiger/jaguar/whatever.
Originally posted by HumansEh
reply to post by angrywhitechick
Sorry, my bad.
My fingers were typing before my brain caught up.
It was a reflex.
Thanks for seeing the (slightly) funny side, don't mean to detract from your thread. I actually find the phenomena of wild animals existing in places that man deems to be his domain very interesting, theres something dangerously exotic about it.
I wonder how the animal reacts to the unnatural environment with its strange smells and sounds not found in nature. It must be extremely stressful and would probably cause it to act aggressively and out of its nature. Cats (of all sizes) are such adaptable and resilient creatures though, one could probably evade detection for a long time.
S&F for being so nice about my crap joke!
Originally posted by nixie_nox
Mountain lions do occur in Maryland and Virginia, I have been hearing rumors for awhile that they are moving back.