Reported Mountain Lion In Ohio Is Just House Cat


Wildlife officials are tamping down rumors that a mountain lion is prowling in a small northern Ohio town. They say it's a cat, all right — but just a large house cat.

The Findlay Courier ( ) reports that the rumors started recently when the cat was photographed by a motion-activated trail camera strapped to a tree in Mount Blanchard. People started talking, and some of them started calling state wildlife officials.

But state wildlife official Bob Flickinger told the newspaper that further study of the photos showed the animal is just a big domestic cat.

Mountain lions don't live in Ohio, but residents thought a wild cat kept as a pet by someone might have escaped.