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Lion may be on the loose in Cincinnati neighborhood

Cincinnati Police search for a large cat of some kind spotted in the Avondale neighborhood
Cincinnati Police search for a large cat of some kind spotted in the Avondale neighborhood
WKRC-TV Local 12

Residents in one Cincinnati neighborhood are worried after hearing reports that some kind of a large cat, possible a lion, was spotted wandering the streets there Thursday morning.

911 dispatchers say they received several calls about the animal around 7 a.m. on March 25, 2010. It was seen in the 500 block of Glenwood Avenue in the Avondale neighborhood, near Phoenix School.

The Cincinnati Zoo, which is only blocks away from where the cat was seen, did a head count and says all of its large cats are accounted for.

Police with rifles searched the area, carefully searching through a dumpster outside the school and using an aerial ladder fire truck to get a better vantage point on the neighborhood from the air.

Officers say the reports are credible. The callers say the cat was buff-colored and had a mane. It triggered motion lights along the school. The witnesses say they saw the cat sit upright, then lithely hop a six foot fence near the dumpster and disappear.

There were no tracks left behind by the animal and it was never found. But police say they continue to be on the lookout for the animal.


  • Me 5 years ago

    there was a lion spotted in ohio and never found in 04, could this be the same lion?

  • joyce ann robinson 5 years ago

    It has been too long from the day that nieghbors discovered they seen a cat, or a lion of some sort.I don't understand why hasn't someone who is responsible for this problem been brouhgt to justice? I realize that this event took place around the same time when we had so many killings take place.And I hope that this type of thing will not be used to implement a strtigy to forget about all the violence that is taken place in our nieghborhoods.

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