My folks live outside of greensboro, nc a place not know for big cats. When they first moved out there my father noticed some big paw prints by the pond. He thought it was a small bear, to me it looked like a big cat. Not long after their house was built I ran across a tree that was shredded navel high. I'm 6'1". Months later we spotted a bobcat in their backyard (along with foxes and deer). I put the shredded tree and big tracks off as bobcat spoor. The bobcat seemed to disappear after a while and I guessed it left it's range due to some construction in the area. Well, last month we noticed big tracks again. About 4 inches across I guess. i'm a pretty good tracker and these are definitely cat tracks I've just never seen any so big. Here it is, two weeks or so ago a night watchman at a nearby plant saw a cougar on the grounds. My pop finally called the sherrif who was supposed to send someone out to make a cast of the tracks. North Carolina is in a terrible drought and I'm guessing this will be driving some animals into range they don't normally occupy. Pop wants me to kill it. He has a jack russell he does not want to see become cat food. I could probably bait it and pop it with the .06 and bury the remains and no one would know. On the other hand I could call Game and Fish and see if they'll remove it. Either way the cat has to go. Has anyone dealt with a big cat like this? One thing I know I don't want is a wounded cougar running around. I'm going to check the laws on this but truly I've never shot at anything that could run me down and eat me.