Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 3rd, 2008
Yet another mystery cat report has been forwarded.
A cougar was seen, reportedly, last week in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Linda Janssen said she was having coffee with her nephew, a 22-year-old Army private visiting for Thanksgiving, when they looked out her kitchen window Friday morning. Janssen’s property on Pinehurst Drive backs up to Bolin Creek, which flows into waters feeding Jordan Lake.
“It was big,” she said. “We were just so stunned.”
Janssen said they saw the animal, as big as her 75-pound black Lab, in profile and face-on, and saw it leap over a tree trunk. They watched the big cat for about a minute and a half.
“It wasn’t a bobcat; it didn’t have that shape,” Janssen said. “It was sleek, like a [Lincoln Mercury] car commercial.”
“It was an absolutely beautiful animal.”
“I would be surprised, but I’d never rule anything out,” he said.
But Janssen’s nephew, Sean Gilbert of Corpus Christi, Texas, says he knows what he saw.
“If that had been back in Texas, I would have shot it,” Gilbert said. “I know that sounds a little barbaric. I would have had it shot and mounted. In Texas, that’s a trophy.”
Cryptomundo reader dwindell passes along, as well, the standard response.
George Strater of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission thinks a Chapel Hill woman and her 22-year-old nephew probably saw a big dog, rather than a cougar.
“We get calls from time to time,” he said. “If there’s a track or something we’ll go out and look. We need some type of physical evidence.”
Is there any chance they could have seen a big cat? Strater doubts it.
“It just seems highly unlikely.”