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Mountain Lion Back In Man's Field

Last updated on Friday, October 7, 2011

(WILLIAMS) - Michael Mahoney says the Mountain Lion was back in his field Thursday night.

"The dog was barking and I went out to see what was going on and there she was" Mahoney says. "She came out of the field and walked along the hay field went across the corn field and walked toward the river. She's a pretty cat and seem friendly. It was just too dark to get a photo of her."

Mahoney saw the cat on Tuesday when he was sitting on his back porch on Lynch Road, about a half a mile west of dam. He noticed the mountain lion rolling around in his yard. Mahoney says the cat is about the size of two golden retrievers.

"I keep calling her a she," he says. "I believe it is a female, by the shape of her head and her tail."

Mahoney called the Department of Natural Resources last night and they forwarded the information to Indiana Fish and Wildlife.

Mahoney is hoping they will come out and put up cameras so they can get a photo of the animal.

"The grounds too dry to get any prints." he says "I'm pretty sure she takes the same path every day. My dog has been barking for a few weeks and I've wondered what he's been barking at. I guess it's been her all along. He was trying to tell me she was out here, I just didn't see her until now."

Indiana Conservation Officer Angela Goldman says people should be alert and not try to approach, corner or run from a mountain lion. Instead, the DNR urges people to stand and face the animal, make eye contact and try to appear as large as possible. If confronted, a person should wave their arms slowly and speak firmly in a loud voice.

Mountain lions are a protected species in Indiana, but state law allows a resident landowner or tenant to kill a mountain lion while it is causing damage to property.

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