Posted by: Craig Woolheater on April 29th, 2007
A report of a mountain lion sighting caused quite a stir in the Franklin Business Park on Tuesday afternoon.
Franklin police contacted the Southeast Region of the Department of Natural Resources in Milwaukee about 2:30 p.m. with a report of a “large cat sighting, some sort of lion,” DNR warden Gervis Myles said.
Myles and another DNR warden, equipped with shotguns and tranquilizer rifles, were sent to the area between the 5100 and 5300 blocks of Franklin Drive, and a third warden was dispatched later, Myles said.
Capt. Clark Groen of the Franklin Police Department said police were called by employees from Electronic Cable Specialists who reported seeing an animal that looked like a mountain lion roaming nearby.
After officers arrived, employees from General Automotive, another business in the park, reported what they described as a cougar in the area, Groen said.
One of the first officers to respond also reported seeing a large cat, and a coyote was later spotted by the wardens and police officers, Groen said.
“The officer said the first animal he spotted was larger than the coyote that was later sighted,” Groen said.
The wooded area of the business park was searched, with the Franklin Fire Department assisting, Groen said.
The search was eventually called off after officers and the wardens found no traces of a cougar.
Franklin police, however, are asking anyone with information about anyone in the area who owns such an animal to call (414) 425-2522.jesse Garza
More on Wisconsin cougar sightings, including a trail camera photo here on Cryptomundo: Wisconsin Cougar Sighting