Daily Bread for 10.23.22: Reported Iowa Mountain Lion Was a… House Cat

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Station KCCI in Des Moines reports [Iowa] DNR says “mountain lion sighting” in Des Moines was really house cat:

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources now says the “possible mountain lion” in Des Moines was really someone’s house cat.

Des Moines Police posted on Facebook Thursday, saying the sighting was reported in the Gray’s Woods neighborhood on the city’s east side. The DNR confirmed the video showed a mountain lion, but since corrected their statement.

When DNR experts first saw the video, they believed there was enough possibility that it was a mountain lion, they wanted to warn the public. Upon further inspection, the DNR revised their previous statement, saying it is in fact a house cat.

“Initially, we did think it may be a mountain lion, at least enough so that it would be good to notify the public,” said Vince Evelsizer, Furbearer and Wetland Biologist of the Iowa DNR.

Evelsizer says the video was grainy and small, so it was hard to tell. On behalf of the DNR, Evelsizer apologized for any confusion it may have caused.

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