Neighbourhood on edge as mysterious lion seen roaming streets
Published 23/07/2015 | 12:52
Police in the United States are on the hunt after a lion was reportedly spotted prowling through the backyards of a quiet suburban street.
Milwaukee police say they are treating reported sightings of a “large cat” as credible, adding that they have received about two dozen calls since Monday from the public claiming to have seen a lion.
The authorities received calls on Monday night and early Tuesday morning but were unable to find the animal.
Video surfaced Tuesday showing what appears to be a big cat sauntering through downtown Milwaukee, the largest city in the State of Wisconsin.
Police officials said they are trying to determine what it is that the woman caught on camera.
The blurry video clip appearing to show a large cat-like animal strolling about has heightening fears.
On Tuesday a white pit bull was shot on the city's North Side about two miles away from the reported lion sighting.
According to Fox News, a man fired a shot at something he saw moving about Tuesday night.
The would-be big game hunter thought he hit the lion and reported it to police, but instead he hit a pit bull and fractured a bone in its leg, according to the station.
"It's ludicrous. It's not tall and not anywhere near the size of a lion," said Karen Sparapani, director of the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission.
"We are trying to tell people not to panic."
"It's not outside the realm of possibility that someone could try to raise a lion in their basement and then get overwhelmed with the care," Ms Sparapani said.
The reports have set Milwaukee abuzz and many social media users in the area have taken to poking fun at the reports that a lion is loose on their streets.
Milwaukee Zoo, who earlier said that none of their big cats were missing, and offered local residents a discount to visit the facility during the week.