Report of lion has Milwaukee residents on the lookout

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Posted: Jul 22, 2015 9:26 PM

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A report of a lion roaming a Milwaukee neighborhood has police and others on the lookout.

Milwaukee police say a woman reported seeing a lion Monday afternoon in her north side neighborhood. Police Chief Edward Flynn says his officers were given cellphone video of an animal that appeared to be a "lion-ish creature."

Officers checked the neighborhood, but didn't find anything. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources was notified and dispatched an employee to check it out. Flynn says it was "theoretically possible" a wild cat had made its way south from northern Wisconsin.

Since the first call, police have received about two dozen lion reports. Officers investigated each call and found no lion.

The initial report of a lion sighting lit up social media with its own hashtag #mkelion.