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Big cat reported near Goodrich

 

BY BRIAN BESCH
Enterprise staff
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GOODRICH -- There have been stories told of large cats in the Polk County area, but few have witnessed the animals for themselves. Glenn Simpson, a business owner in the Goodrich area, said that he has not only seen one, but had an experience on Sunday night that he will not soon forget. "It was a very scary situation," Simpson said. "It actually chased me to my truck, which is very uncharacteristic for an animal like that. I got with a biologist and they were supposed to swab my windows, but it rained, so they were never able to do that. I have scratches all over the side of my truck where it was trying to get me." Simpson said he was on his way home from his parents' house on FM 2665 at approximately 11:30 p.m. He looked off the road just before Buffalo Bend on his way to Holiday Lake Estates when he saw something he claims to have looked like cat eyes. "It just caught my attention and I was curious," Simpson said. "I turned around and got my flashlight out. I couldn't see anything, but I heard something moving around in the woods. By this time, I was 15-20 feet away from my truck, looking in the grass. I heard a rustling in the woods and a running noise in the leaves. I heard it coming through the grass and that's when I turned around and took off." Simpson said he believes the cat to be a cougar or panther, and is possibly protective of its cubs. "When I dove in the truck, I grabbed the door behind me and was in the passenger seat. I looked at the driver's door and it was a black face and its teeth were probably an inch long. I've got claw marks (on his truck) where it took two swipes at me through the door. "There are some people — I don't know them personally — in Shepherd that lost three horses in Lake Tejas and found them a couple of miles away mauled up. There was a paw print near there and they stuck a dollar bill beside it to take a picture and it was pretty big." Simpson said he wanted everyone in the area to be aware and have parents informed to keep their children safe.GOODRICH -- There have been stories told of large cats in the Polk County area, but few have witnessed the animals for themselves. Glenn Simpson, a business owner in the Goodrich area, said that he has not only seen one, but had an experience on Sunday night that he will not soon forget. "It was a very scary situation," Simpson said. "It actually chased me to my truck, which is very uncharacteristic for an animal like that. I got with a biologist and they were supposed to swab my windows, but it rained, so they were never able to do that. I have scratches all over the side of my truck where it was trying to get me." Simpson said he was on his way home from his parents' house on FM 2665 at approximately 11:30 p.m. He looked off the road just before Buffalo Bend on his way to Holiday Lake Estates when he saw something he claims to have looked like cat eyes. "It just caught my attention and I was curious," Simpson said. "I turned around and got my flashlight out. I couldn't see anything, but I heard something moving around in the woods. By this time, I was 15-20 feet away from my truck, looking in the grass. I heard a rustling in the woods and a running noise in the leaves. I heard it coming through the grass and that's when I turned around and took off." Simpson said he believes the cat to be a cougar or panther, and is possibly protective of its cubs. "When I dove in the truck, I grabbed the door behind me and was in the passenger seat. I looked at the driver's door and it was a black face and its teeth were probably an inch long. I've got claw marks (on his truck) where it took two swipes at me through the door. "There are some people — I don't know them personally — in Shepherd that lost three horses in Lake Tejas and found them a couple of miles away mauled up. There was a paw print near there and they stuck a dollar bill beside it to take a picture and it was pretty big." Simpson said he wanted everyone in the area to be aware and have parents informed to keep their children safe.

 

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