The 25-pound male orange tabby was trapped in the Bethany Village subdivision in a wire cage designed to catch cats after spending months roaming the town, according to Danielle Koehn, an outreach committee member of the rescue group.
Koehn said the cat was in good health but had a puncture wound to its face from a recent fight.
On Aug. 13, a resident triggered a manhunt by heavily armed San Joaquin County sheriff deputies when the cat was mistakenly reported as a mountain lion. Deputies searched the streets and yards around West Amistad Lane until the animal was identified as a large feral cat based on a photo of it sitting on a rooftop.
Koehn, who described the cat as robust and long with a white chest, said she understood how it was mistaken for a cougar.
“He’s the largest cat I have ever seen,” Koehn said. “He’s big — really big. If you are not used to really big cats, I can see how people might be confused.”
Feral cats have been a source of concern for Mountain House residents, as their numbers reportedly soared in 2012.
The rescue catches feral cats, has them spayed or neutered and returns the adults to the streets of Mountain House. Kittens are tamed for adoption.
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