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Cougar sighting reported in New Castle Co.

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Posted: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 1:23 pm

The infamous Delaware cougar has returned.

New Castle County Police said they are investigating a reported cougar sighting at 12:48 a.m. this morning near the Clearview Ridge Townhouses community in Pike Creek.

Police said a 45 year-old man told them he was out walking his dog when it began acting "strange" and pulled toward a nearby wooded area, where he spied a cougar sitting underneath some trees.

The man said he called 911 and watched the cat for about eight minutes. The cougar, which he described as twice the size of his Boxer, then made a high-pitched growl and walked off into the woods, the man said.

Police searched the area, but found no signs of the animal.

Periodic cougar sightings have been reported over the past decade as far north as Delaware County, Pa., to the tip of the Eastern Shore in Virginia.

Delaware's Division of Fish and Wildlife has confirmed the presence cougars in the state but, so far, the elusive animals have only been captured on ameteur video.

In the mid-1990s, a corporal in the New Castle County Police Department spent about a year trying to capture a wild cougar, but was unsuccessful.

Delaware wildlife officials have said they believe there are two or three former pets or escaped zoo animals roaming New Castle and Kent counties.


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