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Des Moines Police Investigating More Reports of Mountain Lion Sightings

DES MOINES, Iowa – Police in Des Moines continue to investigate reports of mountain lion sightings within the city.

Sgt. Paul Parizek with the Des Moines Police Department says two sightings were reported to police Wednesday morning. The first one was around 8:00 a.m. in the area of 40th and Kingman. A woman told police she “saw a tan animal running away from her house.”

Another call came in shortly after that about someone at SE 30th and MLK saying they saw “a tan animal out in a field.”

Police are taking the reports very seriously but say they haven’t found any evidence to confirm the mountain lion is still in Des Moines.

The first confirmed sighting of the mountain lion was last Wednesday night when the animal was seen on video from a home security system in the area of 31st Street and I-235. It was also seen on video from a doorbell camera at a home near SW 16th and McKinley on Saturday.

Mountain lions are native to Iowa but were eradicated in the 1880s because of the threat they posed to livestock. They can travel long distances and prefer to do so at night when they are less likely to be seen.

The DNR says it is monitoring the situation but will not eliminate the big cat unless a dangerous situation arises.

Pair of cougar sightings in Tooele prompt warning from police

TOOELE, Utah — Police are warning Tooele residents to be on the lookout after a pair of cougar sightings.

According to a Facebook post from the Tooele City Police Department, one was reported Saturday in the area of Tahoe St. and Ontario St.  The other was spotted walking in a ravine behind Sterling Elementary on Sunday.

In both instances, officers patrolled the area but did not find the animal.

Residents who live in one of the areas were not shocked by the sightings.

“If you get a lot of deer, you’re bound to get something else out of it,” said Addyson Bell, who has lived in Tooele for more than a decade.

Her husband believes this type of threat just comes with the territory, living so close to the mountains.

“If you are a little bit smart and alert, you don’t have to worry about it too much,” Brian Bell said.  “It’s their land too.”

If you see a cougar, do not approach it and call Tooele police dispatch at (435) 882-5600.

Pair of cougar sightings in Tooele over the weekend

TOOELE, Utah — Police are warning Tooele residents to be on the lookout after a pair of cougar sightings.

According to a Facebook post from the Tooele City Police Department, one was reported Saturday in the area of Tahoe St. and Ontario St.  The other was spotted walking in a ravine behind Sterling Elementary on Sunday.

In both instances, officers patrolled the area but did not find the animal.

Residents who live in one of the areas were not shocked by the sightings.

“If you get a lot of deer, you’re bound to get something else out of it,” said Addyson Bell, who has lived in Tooele for more than a decade.

Her husband believes this type of threat just comes with the territory, living so close to the mountains.

“If you are a little bit smart and alert, you don’t have to worry about it too much,” Brian Bell said.  “It’s their land too.”

If you see a cougar, do not approach it and call Tooele police dispatch at (435) 882-5600.

Des Moines Police Receive More Reports of Mountain Lion Sighting Overnight

DES MOINES, Iowa — More residents in Des Moines say they have spotted the mountain lion roaming city streets.

Des Moines police say they received three unconfirmed reports of a mountain lion sighting overnight from Friday to Saturday.

The animal was lasted spotted by a doorbell camera near SW 16th and McKinley Avenue Friday morning.

These latest unconfirmed reports place the mountain lion further south.

Police first received surveillance video showing a mountain lion outside a home in the area of 31st Street and Interstate 235 Wednesday night.

Someone then spotted the big cat again Thursday morning, just before 5 a.m. at the north end of Water Works Park.

The DNR offers these tips if you encounter a mountain lion.

1.   DON’T RUN! Running will stimulate certain animals to chase you (like a dog that wants to bite you, especially if you run ).

2.   Stand tall, look big, puff up, and lift your coat over your shoulders.

3.   Take control of the situation. Scream loudly, throw objects.

4.   Gather children in close and slowly back away keeping your eye on the animal.

5.   If attacked, fight back vigorously with sharp objects and poke the eyes of the animal.

Mountain Lion Sightings Have Des Moines Residents Watchful

DES MOINES, Iowa — There was another mountain lion sighting in Des Moines early Friday morning. This time, it was in a neighborhood on the south side.

Once again, authorities want you to be on the lookout.

The first sighting was Wednesday night outside a home near 31st Street and Interstate 235.

The DNR says the mountain lion was spotted again around 4:45 a.m. Thursday on the north end of Water Works Park and then again Friday morning.

Early morning surveillance video from Susan Hurst shows the mountain lion in her neighborhood that is just east of the Des Moines International Airport.

“It was not a regular cat that was in front of my door, and it wasn’t a deer,” Hurst said.

In minutes, the wild cat came and went.

“I am not going to go out and pet it. It’s not cuddly, but it’s not a threat to me,” Hurst said, unlike Wednesday, when surveillance video showed something different from another home near 31st Street and I-235.

It shows the owner looking out of his door after what authorities believe is the same mountain lion passing through his back porch.

Neighbors say that should serve as a reminder.

“Give it space and if it does do something, make a lot of noise,” Roger Daugherty.

“But I suppose if you have a small pet, it should stay indoors at night and your children, too,” Hurst.

Police ask folks to look through their surveillance video, and if you see the wild cat, call them immediately. If by chance you encounter the cat, do not run or approach it.

The DNR believes it is moving south toward a less populated part of central Iowa.

Police Share Another Video of Mountain Lion in Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines police shared an additional video that appears to show a mountain lion in a residential neighborhood in Des Moines.

Police said the video was recorded near SW 16th Street and McKinley Avenue around 3 a.m. Friday.

Police warn the public to exercise caution in this area, supervise small children and monitor your pets.

Police said that if it is the same mountain lion spotted Thursday, then it appears to be moving southbound toward a less populated area of central Iowa.

Des Moines police said to call 911 if you believe you see the animal. The police, the Animal Rescue League and the Iowa DNR have resources in place to respond to any sightings.

Police first received surveillance video showing a mountain lion in the area of 31st Street and Interstate 235 overnight Thursday.

Someone then spotted the big cat again Thursday morning, just before 5 a.m. at the north end of Water Works Park.

Vince Evelsizer, the furbearer biologist with the Iowa DNR, said the mountain lion likely made its way to Iowa from a western state. The DNR said it has no plans to eliminate the animal unless something changes and becomes dangerous.

“It’s not in town hunting people,” says Evelsizer, “We would like to give it a chance to leave town.”

The DNR offers these tips if you encounter a mountain lion.

1.   DON’T RUN! Running will stimulate certain animals to chase you (like a dog that wants to bite you, especially if you run ).

2.   Stand tall, look big, puff up, and lift your coat over your shoulders.

3.   Take control of the situation. Scream loudly, throw objects.

4.   Gather children in close and slowly back away keeping your eye on the animal.

5.   If attacked, fight back vigorously with sharp objects and poke the eyes of the animal.

DNR Confirms Des Moines Mountain Lion Sighting, Public Urged to be Cautious

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DES MOINES, Iowa – Des Moines police say they are investigating after a mountain lion was spotted in the city.

Police received surveillance video taken in the area of 31st Street and I-235 that shows a large animal near the stairs leading into a home. Vince Evelsizer, the furbearer biologist with the Iowa DNR, confirms to Channel 13 that the animal in the video is a mountain lion.

Thursday morning, police released a few images taken from the video and warned the public in the area to exercise an abundance of caution with children and animals.

If you see the animal, call 911 immediately.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources offers these tips if you encounter a mountain lion.

  1. DON’T RUN! Running will stimulate certain animals to chase you (like a dog that wants to bite you, especially if you run ).
  2. Stand tall, look big, puff up, and lift your coat over your shoulders.
  3. Take control of the situation. Scream loudly, throw objects.
  4. Gather children in close and slowly back away keeping your eye on the animal.
  5. If attacked, fight back vigorously with sharp objects and poke the eyes of the animal.

Des Moines Police Warn Public About Possible Mountain Lion Sighting

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DES MOINES, Iowa – Des Moines police say they are investigating a report of a mountain lion sighting in the city.

Police are examining video from the area of 31st and I-235 to determine whether the report is valid. They released images taken from the video that show a large cat near the stairs leading into a home.

The public in that area is being advised to exercise an abundance of caution with children and animals.

If you see the animal, call 911 immediately.

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