Possible cougar sighting


Jim McKnight stands in the spot in his yard where he says he saw a cougar on Aug. 4. 

At 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, Jim McKnight, 69, of 15912 West Carol Drive in Hayward, was sitting behind his house when he looked out on his lawn and saw something he never expected to see — a young cougar about three feet long and two feet tall. 

McKnight said the animal apparently emerged from the woody area to the southwest of his property and walked onto his lawn. He said the cougar had a long tail, about half the length of its body, that touched the ground and curled upward.

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