Just a couple of weeks ago, the cops were on the lookout for a mountain lion in Acton Massachusettes. While Acton has plenty of wooded land for a cougar to hide in, the whole area is mostly suburbs, and not the usual big cat hunting ground. But cats tend to move to wherever it is that they find food and shelter, and Acton has plenty of that.
And after a cougar finds food, it usually looks for a good place to sleep. Kinda like Thanksgiving Day, every day. There's no telling what this cat ate that kept it asleep for several hours after being spotted in a tree in South Sioux City, Nebraska. Maybe it got hold of someone's leftover turkey, and all that tryptophan knocked it out. Anyway, the cougar obligingly stayed asleep in a tree for about an hour as the cops decided what to do...then they shot it.
There is little else to do with a big cat that is willing to move into the suburbs. This cat weighed in at around 100 pounds, and that is plenty big enough to be able to stalk and kill household pets and children up to the age of seven or eight. Once it found out how readily it could feed in the area, it would be unlikely to move. What is surprising though, is that South Sioux City, like Acton, is suburb. I'll be willing to bet that these cats are following the ever increasing suburb herds of deer, and don't realize how dangerous the area is to them until it's too late. The story doesn't say whether this is the first big cat found in the city lately, but it surely won't be the last.
Check out the link above to see a short video from the lady who found the cat in her tree.