Reports of a mountain lion spotted on campus of Iowa Western Community College on Wednesday ended up being a much smaller version of the feline species – a domestic cat.
Don Kohler, vice president of marketing and public relations at the Council Bluffs school, said that "someone thought they saw something go behind the suites here on campus."
After the facilities manager checked the situation out, it turned out to be just a cat, he said.
Mountain lion sightings were first reported near the college late last summer.
After the first sightings, the college's maintenance staff and administration were made aware of the situation; and additional agencies had been notified. The college even contacted Council Bluffs Animal Control and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
Chief Council Bluffs Animal Control Officer Galen Barrett said his department is aware of reports of the sightings, but there has been no substantial evidence of a mountain lion prowling the area.
Barrett said he is unaware of there ever being a confirmed sighting of a mountain lion in Council Bluffs.