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May 13, 2013

Mountain lion makes Oskaloosa appearance

Mountain lions aren't new to Iowa. Having one in a city? That's unusual.

The Oskaloosa Police Department received a report of a mountain lion Saturday afternoon in a wooded area, north of the 100 block of Highland Avenue. That's in northeast Oskaloosa.

Two residents spotted the big cat, but police were unable to find it. The animal was last seen traveling north.

Iowa is on the edge of mountain lions' range. They're also known as pumas, cougars and catamounts. According to National Geographic, the range once included virtually all of the United States. While they have been known to attack humans, their preferred diet is deer and smaller animals.

Anyone who encounters the mountain lion should back away slowly, officials say, and leave the area.

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