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DNR: Cougar sighting most likely house cat

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EVANSDALE (KWWL) - A cougar sighted in Evansdale Tuesday is most likely just a house cat, according to Jason Auel, a wildlife biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. 

Rita Kelley, a Waterloo resident, was out for a walk near the Cedar River in Evansdale Tuesday when she snapped a picture of an animal she said did not look like a normal house cat.

"It had a big tail like a bobcat or cougar would have.  It had a large head and it walked like a large cat would walk," Kelley said.  

But after looking at the picture she snapped, Auel said, "I definitely think it's a house cat, versus a cougar or mountain lion."

He said the height of the grass relative to the cat's stomach and the size of its tail are what he used to determine what type of cat this is.  He added that in these types of situations, they sometimes follow up with a site visit, but he said he saw enough from the photo to be sure of his decision. 

Cougars are not native to Iowa, Auel said, and he said there aren't believed to be any resident populations here.  However, they have been known to wander through in search of new territory, he said. 
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