Big, black cat is caught on videotape in White Lak|Richard_F||09/22/06 at 14:05:10|richard_f|xx|0||Big, black cat is caught on videotape in White Lake

Naomi R. Patton
September 21, 2006

Minding nobody's business but its own, a large, black cat suspected to be a mountain lion was caught on video Sunday, sauntering through a vacant field in White Lake Township.

Residents of the neighborhood at Golden Drive and Merit reported seeing a rather large black cat around 5:30 p.m. Sunday, and called township police.

Sgt. Larry Sheldon said there have been several large cat sightings in the area over the years, but in his 17 years on the force, this time there was videotape to confirm it.

Sheldon saw the video filmed by Everett Phelps.

He and his wife, Peggy Phelps, saw the cat sitting in a field about 100 yards from their home.

Everett Phelps said the cat appeared to be young, about 20 to 24 inches tall, 5 feet long, and 50 to 70 pounds.

He videotaped the feline as it walked behind a pine tree, then sat in the tree before it jumped down and walked away.

Police called the state Department of Natural Resources to investigate.

"Hopefully, they'll be able to capture and relocate it," Phelps said, before someone decides to shoot it.