LEETONIA- Area residents are being warned to watch for a possible mountain lion spotted in Leetonia Tuesday morning.
Police Chief John Soldano responded to a home on Columbia Street at Lisbon Street at 10:07 a.m. where a resident reported what she believed to be a bobcat in the alley behind her home while she was in her vehicle in the driveway.
Soldano said he along with Assistant Fire Chief Dave Leffel, Wildlife Officer Scott Angelo from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and a Washingtonville police officer searched the area for approximately 45 minutes but were unable to find the animal or any discernible foot prints.
The woman reportedly described the animal as a big cat with a long tail inconsistent with that of a bobcat and later identified it as a mountain lion, sightings of which were reported in Perry Township in December.
"We don't want people to panic, but to be aware," Soldano said. "If you do see something, don't try anything yourself. Call the police department."
Anyone who thinks they see a mountain lion should call the department at 330-427-6731.
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