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Milwaukee, WI (July 22, 2015) — Milwaukee police say they are treating these reports regarding a possible lion in Milwaukee as “credible.”
Video surfaced Tuesday showing what appears to be a big cat sauntering through a neighborhood. The woman who shot the video planned to grill out on Tuesday evening — but with a baseball bat nearby — just in case.
Police and wildlife officials are trying to determine what it is that the woman caught on camera.
Kelly Brooks says a strange footprint appeared in his yard on Monday. Even stranger — the call he got from his neighbor.
“I got the call from the neighbor saying ‘hey Kelly, don’t go in your backyard. It’s a big animal back there and it looks like a lion,” Brooks said.
Brooks admits that at first, he didn’t believe it. Then he saw the video his neighbor shot.
“I’m like that’s a lion, lion! Not like a play lion — like a lion, lion,” Brooks said.
This all began on Monday night, when police took a report from an individual who saw what they believed to be a lion near E. Garfield Avenue and Palmer Street.
Police took a second report on Tuesday — a sighting near 37th and Sarnow.
“We’re treating it seriously,” Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn said.
Kisha Norman says neighbors told her a large cat ran up a tree.
Milwaukee police officers and DNR wardens were out in that area and did a grid search for about two hours. But they found nothing.
The search Monday night near Garfield and Palmer also turned up nothing.
Since the first sighting, the lion has become somewhat of a local celebrity on Twitter, with people posting mock sightings with the hashtag #MKElion.
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