Cougar phenomenon is alive and well whether there's big cats or not
Poppycock or puma? It's the story that refuses to die.
Wildlife officials have varying names for the phenomenon: "puma paranoia," "mountain lion mania" or "cougar hysteria."
Urban myth or real threat? Cougar sightings - and cougar hoaxes - are everywhere. They've proliferated through the Internet and Photoshop technology. Ordinary housecats have been made to look like menacing 200-pound flesh-eating felines.
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