Police warn of big cat wandering in Ohio neighborhood

By Daniel Uria   |   Sept. 6, 2016 at 1:07 PM
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POWELL, Ohio, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Police in Ohio warned residence of a large cat seen wandering loose in a neighborhood backyard.

The Powell Police Department shared video of the large animal and asked residents information after learning it had not come from a local zoo.

"The police contacted the Columbus Zoo immediately and confirmed that all animals have been accounted for at the Zoo," police said.

Police were unable to identify the animal but Doug Warmolts, vice-president of animal car at the zoo told ABC 6 it was likely not a cougar

"A cat like a cougar is an ambush predator," he said. "They are secretive by nature so it would be unusual, in my estimation, if that's what this is, to see it wandering around out in the open like that."

Police said no aggressive behavior was reported by the animal but warned residents to remain on the lookout.

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