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Mysterious Big Black Cat Sightings in NY Suburb
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[quote:Anonymous Coward 643814:MV83NjMxMzZfMTE3MTkxODJfQ0M4NEJCNzA=] Mar 20, 2009 6:44 am US/Eastern Mysterious Big Black Cats Shock Rockland County Father, Son Not First To Tell Of Harrowing Experience With Massive Feline: "Had 3-Foot Tail, Was 4-5 Feet Long" Large Cats Like Jaguars, Panthers Not Native To Tri-State Reporting Tony Aiello Mysterious big black cats are scaring residents of Rockland County, N.Y. Wildlife experts aren't sure what they are, or how they got there. First it was mysterious sonic booms in the northern suburbs. Now it's mystery cats, big exotic-looking felines spotted in the woods of Rockland County. Two of the spotters spoke with CBS 2 HD. It started out like any other bike ride for Dorian Tunell and his 8-year-old son, Evan. But the fun quickly turned to fear. "I was just like paralyzed, and then my dad told me to run to the road, where that rock line is," Evan said. Evan and his dad got the scare of their lives Tuesday when they spotted two huge black cats in the woods near Tallman Mountain State Park. "This thing had a three-foot tail on it, body was four or five feet long, stood three feet tall. It was a large cat," Dorian said. They said the cat looked like a jaguar -- with shiny dark fur. The Tunells ran from the park and called police. Then they helped park rangers locate what look to be paw prints -- and nearby -- a lot of fur. Either a deer was shedding or it ended up as lunch for a big cat. This is just the latest in a series of big-cat sightings in this part of Rockland County. Not long ago a woman reported seeing big cats right along the Palisades Parkway. Since big cats aren't native to the area, where did they come from? Tony Gerard lives nearby, and posed that question to wildlife officials. "They could have been raised in captivity somewhere and then escaped or were released when they got too big to handle," Gerard said. "They just escaped from somewhere or somebody has really weird pets and let them go," Evan Tunell said. Wildlife agencies said it needs more investigation, but the Tunells are convinced something is out there -- and they hope it's found before someone gets hurt. New York State Park Police said extra staff has been sent to Tallman Mountain to look into the cat sightings. http://wcbstv.com/local/mysterious.big.cats.2.963467.html [/quote]
Apr 2, 2009 1:29 pm US/Eastern
Mystery Of Big Black Cat Deepens In NY Suburb
Number Of Black Cat Sightings On The Rise Near State Park
'Suspicious Animal Sightings' Signs Posted Around Rockland County
Mysterious big black cats are scaring residents of Rockland County, N.Y. Wildlife experts aren't sure what they are, or how they got there.
Halloween is long gone. So what's up with the black cat
sightings near New York's Tallman Mountain State Park?
Signs posted around the Rockland County park warn the public about "Suspicious Animal Sightings."
Other sightings were reported in the hamlet of Palisades. One was in a driveway. Two were in a backyard.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation says wild cat sightings often turn out to be a large dog, coyote or bobcat.
Orangetown police are increasing patrols. State park police have installed cameras to snap pictures of passing animals.
These are described as sleek, long-tailed, black felines. They're larger than mid-size dogs.
No regional zoos, veterinarians or residents have reported a missing large cat.
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