I’m getting up soon — I have a black jack game at midnight. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.)

Very early on a recent morning, a cougar was found waiting outside a Harrah’s casino in Reno, Nev. That’s not particularly unusual, except in this case we mean “cougar” as in the large wildcat also known as a puma, panther, or mountain lion.

This is of concern for a number of reasons:

  1. When cougars leave their habitat and make their way to civilization it is generally because they are lacking resources like food, water, and space.
  2. Cougars can be very dangerous — a cougar recently mauled a boy in British Columbia.
  3. Generally people only go to Harrah’s if they are trying to get points for free tickets on Southwest. Forget about the dangers of cougars in airports — what about cougars with drink coupons?

The cougar has been returned to the wild, where he will continue to work on his unbeatable card-counting system.

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