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Big cat scare in Westside Road home

A Westside Road resident was confronted in a home invasion of the four-legged variety.

Authorities converged on a property near Westshore Estates Wednesday at about 9 a.m. after receiving a report of a cougar inside the home.

“A woman had the front door open and was in the kitchen and heard the noise of a squeaky toy. She went into the living room and saw a cougar  chewing on the toy,” said Josh Lockwood, conservation officer.

The woman immediately left the house and called 911.

“She was panicked but she did the right thing,” said Lockwood.

Once on scene, officers found a 12 to 18-month-old, 35 to 45-pound female cougar in the laundry room.

An attempt was made to euthanize the animal but the equipment failed, so the officers left the house.

When they went back inside, the cougar was in the living room. A catch-pole was then used to restrain the animal.

“It was in an emaciated state so it was euthanized,” said Lockwood, who admits to being surprised by the incident.

“To have a cougar in a house, this is the first one for our area.”

 

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