- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. (AP) - Police say they’ve received two reports of what witnesses describe as a cougar in the Washington County village of Cambridge.

Cambridge-Greenwich Police posted a notice on their Facebook page Tuesday advising residents to call police or the state Department of Environmental Conservation if they spot what they believe is a mountain lion, or cougar.

Police Chief George Bell tells the Glens Falls Post-Star (https://bit.ly/1raZ1rS ) that the man who reported seeing a cougar in his yard recently had also reported seeing one last year eating a deer carcass. When DEC investigated last year, they concluded it was a bobcat.

The eastern cougar has been extinct from New York since the 1800s, but DEC says there have been sightings of escaped captive cougars and a wild one that wandered from North Dakota.

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