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DNR investigating reported cougar sighting

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The Department of Natural Resources is investigating a reported cougar sighting in Evansdale.

Rita Kelley, of Waterloo, said she saw the animal Tuesday night while walking with her husband. It happened on River Forest Road near Central St.

She said she saw the animal walking along the dike. She snapped a picture of the animal from some distance away.

"It walked like cat, it had a tail like a cat-- I had to make the assumption that it was some kind of bobcat or cougar or some kind of animal like that," Kelley said. "We were looking for deer or eagles, not that!"

The DNR now has the photo, and will send it to a specialist for verification. Joe Wilkinson, of the DNR, said there is likely little danger to residents, since the animals tend to avoid people. However, he did note that avoiding it could be wise, since any wild animal can be dangerous if threatened.

He said while confirmed sightings are rare, cougars can survive in Eastern Iowa, usually wihout being noticed.

"We know there are a few in Iowa," Wilkinson said. "There's just no way to count them."

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