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Well some new information on the eastern cougar and what it might be up to.
This big cat also known as the mountain lion the Fed's declared it extinct in the east decades ago but is that really the case.
Remember a few years back when Chicago police were forced to kill a cougar that they found roaming through one neighborhood there.
And there have been dozens of sightings of cougars reported in the suburbs of Connecticut and New York one was killed on a highway in Connecticut just last summer.
We'll chief -- -- know from the Mount Pleasant police department a little bit north of New York City is joining us on the phone there have been some concerns -- that you might have.
A cougar in Yorktown.
Yes -- we did receive a report provide a a large cats that last Wednesday evening.
We have some video up this is obviously -- generic.
Cougar nobody hasn't been able to take footage of the -- that may be in your neighborhood any.
Any tracks are any indication that you actually do have a mountain lion there.
Well we've received two phone calls and they were number other people in the area that observed this large cat so.
It's a confirmed sighting.
The question is was it a mountain -- -- -- -- a -- we have a map.
-- shadows of where of the bobcat Wear them where the cougar used to -- in this country -- basically.
Is the most widely dispersed.
Predator well here's Mount Pleasant that's where you are.
But the cougar used to be spread across the entirety of the United States and Canada down into Mexico.
He has been declared that extinct essentially in the eastern two thirds of the country -- yet.
That doesn't explain that one that turned up in Chicago a couple of Summers ago the one in Connecticut.
That was killed last year these things clearly are on the move it's not out of the question to think that you might have a mountain lion -- cougar in your neighborhood -- That would be a possibility that I said that for the two -- have received.
Both described it as a mountain -- at least initially that was a report we received.
But there there is also the possibility is a bobcat a much smaller.
-- When we interviewed.
The the -- The the report was the size of a medium size dog.
Around with the white spots which in my mind is more indicative of a bobcat.
Now the scary thing about these cougars is I mean they're not particularly afraid of people and then -- -- just about anything that moves aren't.
I I've I believe so I would be very concerned if there was -- amount line and our community so what are you telling your officers.
Well -- our -- -- -- hopefully won't have to react to such a complaint but death.
If if we had to would be prepared to protect our presence.
She -- -- so -- know from the Mount Pleasant New York police department again 5060 miles north of New York City and -- -- mountain -- decided there chief thank you we -- --
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