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Mountain lion sighting rumored in SE D.C.


Unproven reports of a mountain lion sighting in Southeast Washington spread across a neighborhood listserv, city officials’ e-mails and Twitter late Wednesday night.


The Twitter account for Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s Office of Neighborhood Engagement tweeted a warning at 7:52 p.m. for the Penn Branch area of Southeast: “DANGER — PUBLIC SAFETY ALERT MOUNTAIN LION SPOTTED 3600 BLOCK OF HIGHWOOD DR SE.”




A D.C. police spokesman said officials received calls from media outlets earlier Wednesday asking about the possible presence of a mountain lion, but police had not confirmed any sightings by 11 p.m.


The predators are known for stalking and killing deer, moose and even cows -- and they live in habitats from northern Canada to South America, as well as in many parts of the United States. The neighborhood where the wild cat was allegedly seen in Southeast is near Fort Dupont Park, and has large undeveloped tracts of land. Deer are known to live in the area.


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The callers were saying they spotted a cougar, and the 911 operator did not understand the context/joke. Or someone had their pet eat them and get loose. Not sure which is more likely.


Or maybe this is the cougar they saw:



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