Reports of mountain lion sightings in B.A.


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Updated: 8/30/2013 11:21 pm Published: 8/30/2013 10:42 pm


A mountain lion spotting reported in Broken Arrow near three schools has parents on alert.

A FOX23 News viewer contacted the newsroom about a mountain lion sighting she had on Tuesday night near 51st Street and Aspen Avenue and Lynn Lane.

"It took two steps, it went boom, boom," said Andee Goss.

The Broken Arrow mother says she was picking up her daughter from cheer practice around 8 p.m. when she spotted the big cat nearing her neighborhood near 51st Street and Aspen Avenue.

"I think I just stopped in my tracks and was like ‘oh my gosh,’” said Goss. "Chills, my legs, my arms—I mean, I have never seen anything that big or that huge."

She says her eyes were not lying and she reported it to Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation.

"It was not a bobcat, it was humongous," said Goss.

FOX23 News spoke to Wildlife Conservation biologist Aaron Ghaemi, who said it is not unusual to spot a mountain this time of year in Oklahoma. However, in many cases it is mistaken identity.

If there is more evidence than eyewitness accounts, such as pictures, track marks, kill sites, they may be able to track a mountain lion. However, the cats migrate fast.

Goss’s daughter, who is 12, says she didn't believe her mom at first.

"I thought she was crazy when she said she saw a lion," said Karlie Goss.

FOX23 News found other posts from Goss’s neighbors, who claim they had also spotted a mountain lion in the area and one was seen running across the field at Centennial Middle School near 51st Street and Lynn Lane.

"If I was crazy, I wouldn't be telling people that," said Goss.

She also says friends living near 193rd East Avenue and I-44 received an email from neighbors alerting them about a mountain lion sighting.

Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation documents all reports of possible sightings. You can report it by calling 405-521-2739.

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