House Cat Mistaken For A Cougar In Oregon
Are we for real people? In Oregon, law enforcement and animal control were alerted to a sighting of a cougar near a local park. This isn’t unheard of out there, as they’ve seen cougars in the area before. Analysis and research of a video sent by the person who saw the “cougar”, The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife alerted people they had nothing to fear at Cook Park because it was not a cougar.
That “cougar” spotted at Cook Park in Tigard yesterday? Turns out it was a house cat. This happens more than you think. https://t.co/RRyY41Me8a— Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (@MyODFW) November 17, 2023
I’ve never seen a cougar in the wild, but I’ve seen enough photos that I could definitely tell if I was seeing a large enough cat that I needed to alert authorities. I might not know the difference between a cougar and a panther, or a cougar and a Nittany Lion. Actually, I could tell them, apart because a Nittany Lion never wins big games. (Boom, roasted!) Seeing a large cat that can take down a deer versus seeing a house cat is not something I’d need help deciphering.
I know that not everyone can tell wild and domesticated animals apart, even in my own family. Years ago, my sister texted all of us that there was a wolf in the yard. Do you know how the suburbs of Philadelphia are crawling with packs of wolves? This wolf must’ve wandered away from the pack and ended up in my parent’s yard. At this point, you’ve probably surmised it wasn’t a wolf, just a local family’s husky that had gone for a stroll in the neighborhood. We’ll never believe her if she ever does see an actual wolf.
It’s not just animals that people are confused about. Remember the entire town in Alabama that swore they were seeing a leprechaun? Of course, you do! If you don’t let’s refresh your memory.
Now the guy in Oregon confusing a cougar and a house cat is a bit easier to believe.