Archive for Friday, July 7, 2006

Cat reports

July 7, 2006


To the editor:

This is about a Lawrence runner's recent encounter with a mountain lion while running along the Kansas River levee.

With all of the mountain lion sightings around the city of Lawrence, I must say I'm not surprised.

About six years ago, while running on the levee east of the 2.5 mile mark I heard footsteps behind me and thought that another runner was bringing up the rear. After about a minute the footsteps ceased. I then turned around out of curiosity and did not see another runner but noticed what appeared to be a large brown dog with a long tail slithering into the underbrush approximately 100 meters from where I was running. While I didn't actually see the "critter's" head, I just assumed it to be a dog.

To my fellow Kansas River levee runners, "happy trails" and don't forget the pepper spray!

Robert Hinton,



Ken Miller 11 years, 10 months ago

Heard Footsteps? C'MON!!!! Mountain Lions, pumas, coyotes, tigers, ocelots, ring-tailed lemurs, marmosets...... they don't MAKE sounds when they step. Unless they are coming back from Johnny's all drunked up.

nonsmoker 11 years, 10 months ago

I don't see why it would be a surprise, carcasses have been found in Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma, and they are successfully hunted in Colorado. They used to be native to this area (but, they were cougars, we don't have mountains). Why do we not think they are in Kansas? (Aliens must be teleporting them, the cat found in Oklahoma was tagged up north.) But, I do agree with oscarfactor, it would be rather strange to mistake the sound of a cat walking, or running, with that of a person!

geekin_topekan 11 years, 10 months ago

Yes,pepper spray if you want a really pissed off cat.Best just do what I do.Carry a retractable baton and fight like you want to win. And if your out for adventure,look up!Not down or scan the horizon.Cats like to climb up on things and survey/nap.They'll be lounging in a tree.

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