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Possible Cougar Sighting on UMD Campus

According to a "campus alert" sent today to University of Maryland students and staff, a "possible cougar" has been sighted on the College Park campus. The possible cougar has been described as "light tan and tawny brown, about 4 feet long with a 4 foot tail, and weighing about 50 pounds."

Captain John Brandt of UMD's Department of Public Safety confirms that the possible cougar was first sighted yesterday. "The first [sighting], which happened a day ago, was not reported to the police department," says Brandt. "The person who made the report initially wasn't believed. But then we got a call this morning, around 6 a.m., of another sighting [of the possible cougar]."

Since the release of the campus alert, Brandt says his department has received word of an additional possible cougar sighting. At press time, Brandt's officers—and the campus's video security system—have yet to spot the possible cougar.

The possible cougar is a new threat for UMD, says Brandt. "We have never dealt with this before," he says. "[Possible] cougars are not an indigenous species of the state of Maryland. . . . They're just not seen around here. We will get the occasional report of a coyote on campus, which usually will end up just being a fox."

Brandt does not know where the possible cougar came from. "Your guess is as good as mine," he says.

Any sightings of the possible cougar should be reported to university police, at (301) 405-3555.

Full campus alert after the jump.

Subject: Campus Alert / Sighting of Possible Cougar on Campus

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
COLLEGE PARK, MARYLAND 20742-6011
301-405-3555
EMERGENCY / DIAL 911
http://www.umdps.umd.edu

CAMPUS ALERT

July 31, 2008

There have been several reliable sightings of an animal fitting the description of a cougar on the campus. The description of the sighted cat is: light tan and tawny brown, about 4 feet long with a 4 foot tail, and weighing about 50 pounds. Several sightings have been reported from the area of Cole Field House, near the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, and continuing through the wooded areas to the area of the Comcast Center and Arena Drive Garage. There has been no report of aggressive behavior on the part of the animal, but community members are warned that cougars are a predatory species and that, if seen, the animal should not be approached.

If you see the animal, please contact the university police at 301-405-3555. University police are working with other agencies to remove the animal from the campus area.

Prepared by:

Captain John Brandt
Crime Prevention Unit
jbrandt@umpd.umd.edu

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Comments

  1. #1

    Uh, anyone want to report real news -- like the juxtaposition of Melvin High's resignation as PG County's police chief with the raid on the home of Berwyn Heights' mayor??

  2. #2

    Burn! Really, what was with all that weed?

  3. #3

    It's a dark day indeed, when you start getting cougars on college campuses.

  4. #4

    If I were a cougar, I'd prowl college campuses. That's easy prey right there.

  5. #5

    I can't believe me and none of my friends that are currently living on campus were not sent this alert! I found out through a friend that works with little kids. I may not be a kid, but I'd like to know if I could possibly be mauled.

  6. #6

    Hmm. The e-mail I was forwarded says it was sent To: "University of Maryland Community"

  7. #7

    I got the alert, check the e-mail address you have registered with the University.

  8. #8

    Yea im outrageous that the university didnt sent me an alert or something when im registered to recieve umd alerts. I heard about this through a friend and i am the one that is taking clases their.

  9. #9

    I see a lot of cougars at the bar.

  10. #10

    I thought you meant cougar as in an older female who is on the prowl for young college boys, raaawr!

  11. #11

    Cougar touring college campuses?

  12. #12

    What, now the terrorists are using wild animals? Somebody call PETA.

    Oh, wait...

  13. #13

    I bet it's a realesed exotic of some kind or a bobcat. There were cougar sightings in Vienna, VA in 1999 I think. My friends lived in the area near the sightings and said that there were definately wild bobcat around but most certainly not cougar. In fact I am fairly certain that there are only a handful of confirmed sightings of cougars east of the mississippi in the past 50+ years. However they are moving east, I think a solo male was killed just outside of Chicago sometime recently. But he came from Minnesota or the Dakotas, so I doubt they could make it to maryland undetected.

  14. #14

    "Yea im outrageous that the university didnt sent me an alert or something when im registered to recieve umd alerts. I heard about this through a friend and i am the one that is taking clases their."

    I hope you get to taking your English classes soon.

  15. #15

    Can this really be a Maryland student?

  16. #16

    Just to clarify, I think you only get the alert emails if you sign up for them at this website (http://www.umdps.umd.edu/). I think they can also send messages to your cell phones. Basically, if you sign up there you'll get alert emails or text messages.

  17. #17

    When I find that pussy I'm going to fuck the shit out of it!

  18. #18

    I want me some cougar tail!

  19. #19

    Ok phathead, we get it. I hope you get deleted soon.

  20. #20

    Great post, thanks for the info... last part makes the most sense though

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