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A large cat roaming North Hall?

By Bryan Williams Access Insider
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MURRAYVILLE – It's the third sighting of a large cat in the past week, but officials have still found no evidence of its existence.

The latest report came in from the Mount Vernon area.

“We have not found any kind of evidence at any of the locations where we’ve had the reports at,” said Department of Natural Resources Region Supervisor Ken Riddleberger.

Riddleberger said officials have not even confirmed whether or not the animal is a cat.

“We don’t have any large cats that are native in the state of Georgia,” he said.

He said that if the animal is in fact a cat it is more than likely an escaped exotic cat or possibly an illegal exotic animal.

“We don’t believe we have any population of mountain lions or cougars in the state,” said Riddleberger.

The three sightings have occurred within the last week. Riddleberger said that the sightings have been between four and five miles apart. He said the descriptions of the animal vary, but the animal has always been described as a large cat.

Anyone who spots the animal is asked to contact the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.

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