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    Big Cat in WDM

    Ok, so I come home to my wife freaking out last night. We live just west of Des Moines Golf and Country. She was on her way home from working out and she said she saw a mountain lion cross 88th St by the railroad tracks going towards a water detainment pond. I told her that she probably just saw a big dog, and she flipped out on me saying she knew what she saw. She discribed it as, as big a great dane and its tail was as long as its body.
    I called WDM animal control to let them know, and they said that they would look into the matter, but believe it was just a large bobcat or coyote. It was still dark when I got home and left for work this morning, so I haven't had time to go look for tracks, but I will definitely do so after I go home today. Anyone else in the area seen anything peculiar?



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    Re: Big Cat in WDM

    Quote Originally Posted by l2alphmacchio View Post
    Ok, so I come home to my wife freaking out last night. We live just west of Des Moines Golf and Country. She was on her way home from working out and she said she saw a mountain lion cross 88th St by the railroad tracks going towards a water detainment pond. I told her that she probably just saw a big dog, and she flipped out on me saying she knew what she saw. She discribed it as, as big a great dane and its tail was as long as its body.
    I called WDM animal control to let them know, and they said that they would look into the matter, but believe it was just a large bobcat or coyote. It was still dark when I got home and left for work this morning, so I haven't had time to go look for tracks, but I will definitely do so after I go home today. Anyone else in the area seen anything peculiar?
    In WDM? By the Country Club? It was probably a cougar. If you know what I mean.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dosry5 View Post
    In WDM? By the Country Club? It was probably a cougar. If you know what I mean.

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    Re: Big Cat in WDM

    Quote Originally Posted by dosry5 View Post
    In WDM? By the Country Club? It was probably a cougar. If you know what I mean.
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    Re: Big Cat in WDM

    Sex Panther maybe?



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    Re: Big Cat in WDM

    Quote Originally Posted by dosry5 View Post
    In WDM? By the Country Club? It was probably a cougar. If you know what I mean.
    Are they back from their winter migration to the metrodome?


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    Re: Big Cat in WDM

    Can your wife pick out which variety of cougar she saw from the lineup below?







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    Re: Big Cat in WDM

    I live in Wyoming. We have Mountain Lions that live near the edge of my town. They have wondered into town from time to time.



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    Re: Big Cat in WDM

    DNR's typical response to mountain lion sightings:




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    Re: Big Cat in WDM

    Quote Originally Posted by DJK15 View Post
    DNR's typical response to mountain lion sightings:


    Probably because 95% of the "sightings" they get are from people who can't distinguish a cougar from your average tabby.



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    Re: Big Cat in WDM

    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyMac View Post
    Probably because 95% of the "sightings" they get are from people who can't distinguish a cougar from your average tabby.
    Probably true, but if 5% actually do see a cougar... that means cougars have moved into the area (albeit very few). The DNR denies this claim... even though they have been found dead (and also killed by humans) in the recent past in Iowa.



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    Quote Originally Posted by cstrunk View Post
    Probably true, but if 5% actually do see a cougar... that means cougars have moved into the area (albeit very few). The DNR denies this claim... even though they have been found dead (and also killed by humans) in the recent past in Iowa.
    I only said that 5% could identify - not that they in fact did see one.

    Subtle difference.

    I really don't have any doubt that a few may have made their way into the state - maybe even have setup shop. But I'm pretty confident that the overwhelming majority of sightings are bogus. I also don't buy into this conspiracy that the DNR has anything to do with them being here in the first place.

    I've had both experiences - about 2 years ago, I had a neighbor who called me in a mild hysteria because another neighbor saw one along the greenbelt by our house, took pictures and contacted the WDM PD. I thought it at least plausible, and made mention to a few others nearby. A bit later - I got the photos. Needless to say - not even a bobcat but a rather large kitty-cat.

    On the otherhand, I had a rural hunter on another board post some pics he took (by Winterset, I believe). I have to say, I don't think it was a cougar - but really can't say for certain.



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    Re: Big Cat in WDM

    when i lived in harlan, there was a cougar that got hit along the four lane main road and according to the dnr, it had traveled like 1,000 miles. and let me tell ya those things can travel


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    Re: Big Cat in WDM

    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyMac View Post
    Probably because 95% of the "sightings" they get are from people who can't distinguish a cougar from your average tabby.
    So are you saying that 5% of the time it's a cougar everytime?

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    Re: Big Cat in WDM

    Quote Originally Posted by dosry5 View Post
    In WDM? By the Country Club? It was probably a cougar. If you know what I mean.
    Was it seen stumbling out of Denny Arthur's?


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