The last time we reported, a lion-like creature was roaming the streets of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Monday, and our minds were fully of prying, unanswered questions. (For example: Why do hot dogs come in packs of 10, but the buns come in packs of eight?)
Hot dogs aside, let’s get back to the big cat conundrum. Sounds like we are getting a little closer to figuring out just what kind of creature is skulking around the Cheesehead State. According to local ABC affiliate WISN, a police officer was one of several individuals to spot the animal over the past week.
Others say they have seen the large mammal walking with a smaller companion, which appears to be a cub. Authorities won’t confirm if there is a second animal.
Police have set up canine units around the area of the reported “lion” sightings but have had no luck in capturing the animal, according to The Chicago Tribune.
The numerous officers and Department of Natural Resources staff currently searching for the four-legged intruder are armed with both rifles and tranquilizer guns. Officials hope to subdue the animal without lethal force.
Sadly, a large dog mistaken for the lion-like creature was shot on Tuesday. The pet is currently being cared for at the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission and is expected to recover.
Police believe the roaming animal is stressed and may have slipped through its containment zone out of fear. Authorities are encouraging citizens to be safe and stay away from search efforts while the hunt for Milwaukee’s most mysterious resident continues.