Take a look at the picture on the left. What do you see? A cute little house cat? Or a dangerous mountain lion (see: actual mountain lion on the right)? The Des Moines Police weren’t sure, but they put their money on “MOUNTAIN LION!” and warned the community about a cougar sighting caught by surveillance cameras. The video they posted to Facebook shows a cat ambling across a lawn. Soon, a great debate began in the comments. Was this a cougar or a kitty? One woman wrote that she had faith in what the cops said (awww, God bless), and the police replied that the Iowa Department of Natural Resources had confirmed that the mystery feline was a “young/small” mountain lion. But, a few hours later, they updated the post with a link to an article stating the obvious: it’s a house cat, ya dummies!
Here’s the Facebook post and the video:
The winner in the comments was a man named Brian Millard, who posted this image with the caption: “This just in… a bear was spotted in a yard. The DNR is trying to authenticate.”
Even though I’d love to place all the blame on the cops, the false report is actually the fault of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR). They initially confirmed it was a mountain lion, but later corrected their statement, via KCCI:
“Initially, we did think it may be a mountain lion, at least enough so that it would be good to notify the public,” said Vince Evelsizer, Furbearer and Wetland Biologist of the Iowa DNR.
Evelsizer says the video was grainy and small, so it was hard to tell. On behalf of the DNR, Evelsizer apologized for any confusion it may have caused.
Here’s a local news report about this riveting saga:
So far, the anonymous house cat hasn’t commented on the situation. But this is surely the coolest fucking thing to ever happen to them. “Remember that cougar sighting? That was me. Yep, I’m kind of a celeb around these parts! Now, which of you strays wants to lick my asshole??”