Mystery cat stalking Eastpoint

Short said the cat emerged from Las Brisas.

Short said the cat emerged from Las Brisas.

Lois Swoboda
Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 02:04 PM.


Three years after the debate started over the existence of large black cats in and around Tate’s Hell, an island woman says she has spotted one in residential Eastpoint.

On Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 7:45 p.m., Mary Lou Short was returning to her St. George Island home after a church meeting when she encountered something totally unexpected.

The night was overcast and South Bayshore was very dark but Short noticed movement on the north side of the road and braked by the entrance of the Las Brisas development to avoid hitting what she thought was a bear.

The animal that crossed the street was less than six feet from her car and was brightly illuminated by her headlights.

Short said it was a very large, very black cat. She said the cat came out of Las Brisas headed toward the bay and disappeared between two houses while she watched.

“Its snout was not as pointed as a dog’s, but not as short as a domestic cat,” she said. “It was far enough away from my lights that I got to see the whole body. I saw it snout to tail. I am absolutely positive I saw what I saw. I was so in awe I was not afraid. I’ve never seen an animal like this. This was absolutely not a bear. No housecat that I know is as large as this animal, but it moved like a cat.”

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