Cougar Spotted In West Omaha

By: Lauren Squires Email
By: Lauren Squires Email

Mountain lions or cougars have been spotted inside city limits before, but this time, a man and his wife saw one chasing after its dinner right next to Millard North High School.

At Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo, cougars are an every day sight. “We call him 'Omaha;" we thought that was appropriate,” said Alan Holst, Cats and Bears Supervisor at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo.

Omaha was captured about nine years ago, after he was spotted in West Omaha. Tuesday, Jim Beck and his wife say they spotted another mountain lion.

“We saw a deer run across the street from the Boys Town property to a soybean field on the other side,” said Beck.

Beck says he was traveling southbound on 144th Street when the mountain lion crossed into a field, where a combine was doing field work. The field is just yards away from Millard North and several residential areas.

"They are wild animals, just real big stride and tails up. It was an amazing sight," said Beck.

“They are just trying to make a living like the rest of us. They wander into this situation,” said Holst.

In Beck's case, he called 911 immediately, but was transferred to the Nebraska Humane Society.

“This isn't a tabby cat, this is a real animal,” he said.

The Beck's haven’t seen the cougar again, but the thought that it could be out there has both of concerned.

If you spot a mountain lion, don't follow it. Just like humans are scared of mountain lions, they are scared of humans. If the mountain lion feels trapped or threatened, the situation can become dangerous.

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