COUGAR FILES: Eastern Cougar Captured on Film, 2016

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Was it a cat? Or maybe a lynx? Possibly a bobcat?

Michele McLaughlin, of Grand Falls, was adamant about what she saw in the field across from her home in October.

“It was a big cougar. I mean it was big, like really big.”

There have only been two proven cases of cougars being in New Brunswick.

McLaughlin managed to capture the long, dark animal on video and showed it to retired conservation officer George Levesque, who said he was certain it was a cougar.

But Moncton Zoo general manager Bruce Dougan, who works with big cats daily, said he couldn’t be sure.

“To make any positive determination you’d have to have a good full shot of the body and to see the full tail,” he said.

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