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Mountain lion caught on tape in the middle of Deadwood

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    There have been reports of mountain lion sightings in the woods west of Rapid City and in the countryside near Spearfish. Now, a cat has been caught on tape strolling near downtown Deadwood.

    A Deadwood police officer spotted the mountain lion at 2:19 a.m. Monday.

    The animal made its way under a picnic shelter in Gordon Park on Sherman Street. The location is next to the Deadwood Recreation Center and across the street from a grocery store and city hall.

    Police Chief Kelly Fuller says the city has several confirmed mountain lion sightings -- probably the same animal -- within Deadwood city limits over the past several months.

    "The several sightings have created some public safety issues for our department," Fuller said Tuesday. "I guess what I can tell the residents is make sure to not have your kids playing outside near the areas of dusk and dawn. Keep pets inside overnight. If they are in a kennel, make sure they are secured."

    He also suggests that residents not feed their pets outside, if possible. In addition, he says keep garbage tidy, create good lighting around your home, and clear away brush that could create hiding places for the animal.

    Conservation officer Mike Apland with the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department says they do not ever like to see mountain lions within city limits; however, he says, this cat came out at 2 a.m., which is much better than 2 p.m.

    Apland says at this time his department is not actively pursuing the lion, just monitoring it.
     

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