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8/23/07-Longview

Second Cougar Sighting In Gladewater

Yet another "big cat" sighting in Gladewater, and this community is very uneasy with the presence of a big predator.

"My neighbors motion sensor light came on, which caught my eye, and as I looked over I saw a very large cat just slowly walking and it entered into the woods" said Gay Avenue resident Debbie Boyd.  

Boyd just heard a noise a few nights ago, only to see the glowing eyes of a mountain lion staring back at her.

"I immediately got concerned because I have small children, and there's a lot of children in this area," she said.

We usually think of these type of sightings as being in heavily wooded areas, but these latest sightings have come right on Gay Avenue in the middle of a residential area.

Last week a big cat was spotted near Sanders Street. Residents alerted animal control but, understandably, they're not equipped to deal with big predators.

"Typically we're not set up to capture animals like that.  Some exotic animals we can handle.  We can reduce a nuisance by using tranquilizer guns and things like that," said Buck Farrar from the Longview Environmental Health Department.

Making things more difficult is that mountain lions can be as big as 180 pounds, and the only option left is to call in professional trappers.

"Lets get a trapper in or get permission from the state to do whatever we have to do" said Farrar.

Unfortunately residential areas can give the big cats exactly what they're looking for.

"These cats are finding easy meals, because there are many  homeowners that have several pets around and, as bad as it sounds, that's what they're in a residential area looking for" said Gregg County Ag Extension Agent Dennis Smith.

Park and Wildlife experts say anyone seeing a mountain lion should report it to game wardens.

Bob Hallmark bhallmark@kltv.com .

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