June 03, 2004

Wild lynx on the loose in Atlanta

After Mount Paran area resident Woodrow Vaughn snapped pictures of the big cat on his back porch Monday, he said it was about the size of a golden retriver.

Residents of the Atlanta north side neighborhood have been seeing what they have nicknamed "Sasquatch" for the past week or so now.

Fulton County Animal Control Director David Smith says it's probably a lynx, a wildcat native to Canada and the northern US. It's diet is mostly rodents.

"It's a really big kitty cat," said Fulton Animal Control director David Smith. "They do have real sharp teeth and real big claws and they can hurt you if they want."

This one appears tame, Smith said, but could be dangerous because wild animals are unpredictable. People should not approach it, nor should they run away from the animal since that could provoke a chase. The best thing to do is ignore it, keep away from it and call the authorities, he said.

I don't know about you, but if I see a cat the size of a large dog, I'm headed the other way. Quickly.

It can chase me if it wants. But I don't think it'll catch me.

It's like outrunning a dragon when you're walking with a hobbit. You don't have to beat the dragon -- you just have to run faster than the hobbit. Posted by mhking at June 3, 2004 12:26 AM


I'll admit it sure does look like a lynx -- except for the tail. Maybe it's the love child of a lynx and a very sore housecat.

Posted by: McGehee at June 3, 2004 07:42 AM

And I thought "roaches big as baby shoes" was bad. (So damn ghetto.)

Posted by: Beau at June 3, 2004 11:31 AM

Ewww! You so nasty, Mc G.

Clean up your act.

Posted by: Beau at June 3, 2004 11:33 AM

Hell...shoot it...burn it...gas it,this might be a terrorist,
God knows we try to destroy EVERYTHING we don't understand...WE FEAR!!!

Posted by: Gerry at June 3, 2004 02:48 PM

There was a half-bobcat half-housecat that terrorized my neighborhood's pets growing up. It finally disappeared after an especially cold winter.

Posted by: Beck at June 3, 2004 05:56 PM

What a beautiful animal!!

Just an observation, Beck, but a wild bobcat (size of Golden Retriever?) mating with a domestic house cat would be analogous to a Saint Bernard mating with a chihuahua. Think about it. McGehee already has!

Posted by: Indigo at June 3, 2004 06:43 PM
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