Cat once mistaken for cougar caught, released
by Glenn Moore
Mar 29, 2013 | 3855 views | 4 4 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A feral cat in Mountain House that was mistaken for a mountain lion in August is shown after being trapped March 19. The orange tabby was neutered and released back into the community.  Photo courtesy of Danielle Koehn
A feral cat in Mountain House that was mistaken for a mountain lion in August is shown after being trapped March 19. The orange tabby was neutered and released back into the community. Photo courtesy of Danielle Koehn
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MOUNTAIN HOUSE — A hefty feral cat that was once mistaken for a mountain lion by residents was trapped March 19 by the Mountain House Feral Cat Rescue organization.

The 25-pound male orange tabby was trapped in the Bethany Village subdivision in a wire cage designed to catch cats after spending months roaming the town, according to Danielle Koehn, an outreach committee member of the rescue group.

Koehn said the cat was in good health but had a puncture wound to its face from a recent fight.

On Aug. 13, a resident triggered a manhunt by heavily armed San Joaquin County sheriff deputies when the cat was mistakenly reported as a mountain lion. Deputies searched the streets and yards around West Amistad Lane until the animal was identified as a large feral cat based on a photo of it sitting on a rooftop.

Koehn, who described the cat as robust and long with a white chest, said she understood how it was mistaken for a cougar.

“He’s the largest cat I have ever seen,” Koehn said. “He’s big — really big. If you are not used to really big cats, I can see how people might be confused.”

Feral cats have been a source of concern for Mountain House residents, as their numbers reportedly soared in 2012.

The rescue catches feral cats, has them spayed or neutered and returns the adults to the streets of Mountain House. Kittens are tamed for adoption.

• Contact Glenn Moore at 830-4252 or gmoore@tracypress.com.
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catzsnot
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March 30, 2013
Nothing a .22 can't take care of ;)

How about for the people who posted previously? :)

It would do you good to get educated on TNR.
TracyRAP
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March 29, 2013
"Feral cats have been a source of concern for Mountain House residents, as their numbers reportedly soared in 2012."

Nothing a .22 can't take care of ;)
mthouseman
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March 29, 2013


Nothing a .22 can't take care of ;)

For the cats or the residents?

:-)


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