SPOTTED: Ky. officials warn of 'credible' sightings of 'large feline' in Jefferson Co.
Wildlife officials say the animal shown in this picture is, "significantly smaller than a mountain lion but larger than a typical housecat." The public is asked to be vigilant.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is asking the public to be on the lookout after it received two "credible but unconfirmed" sightings of "a mountain lion or other large feline," according to a news release.
Officials say the sightings took place in the Anchorage area of Jefferson County last week.
"Two Louisville Metro animal control officers reported seeing what they thought might be a mountain lion or unusually large cat, and a homeowner snapped a photo of the animal," the news release states.
The image is included with this story.
"While the image was blurred and the animal was not clearly identifiable, biologists were able to estimate measurements based on surrounding plant life," the news release states, adding that, "their analysis concluded that the animal pictured in the photo is significantly smaller than a mountain lion but larger than a typical housecat."
Conservation officers and wildlife biologists investigated, but were unable to find tracks or any other additional evidence corroborating the claims, or what is seen in the image, but they still consider the reports "credible," according to the news release. As a result, the Department of Fish and Wildlife has erected trail cameras to monitor the area in an effort to definitively identify the animal. Anyone spotting an animal fitting the description above should stay away from it, and call Kentucky Fish and Wildlife at 1-800-858-1549.
As always, in the event of an emergency, they should call 911.
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