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There May Be A Lion On The Loose In Milwaukee

Grainy footage shows a large, cat-like creature skulking through a resident's backyard.

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For more than a week, people in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, have been fretting about a possible lion on the loose after a number of people reported seeing a large, cat-like creature prowling through the city.

On Monday, police said they had received 14 calls over the weekend from people who said they spotted the creature. While responding to a sighting, one sergeant even spotted the animal, but wasn't able to catch it before it disappeared.

Photo gallery: The Milwaukee lion saga continues. http://t.co/Xs6K51UXz8

While some people think it might be a cougar/mountain lion, others suspect it could be an African lion.

Urban wildlife tracker weighs in on possible lion: "It looks like a female African lion." 9:51 http://t.co/Sxz2KejuAz

The local zoo had to announce last week all its lions were accounted for.

We're not sure what's running around the city, but all of our lions are safe and sound! #mkelion

Amid the panic, someone event shot a pit bull in the leg, mistaking it for the lion.

Does this look like a mountain lion to you? It does to a Milwaukee man who shot him (he's OK) http://t.co/VAGVx6FJ1i

To cope with all the fear of having a possible LION IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD, people have been dressing their pets up.

A parody Twitter account has even sprung up.

.@Uber_WI how much to go from milwaukee to minoqua i am just wondering

Despite human instinct telling us to avoid Milwaukee until there is no longer a LION ON THE LOOSE, city officials have been trying to use the saga to their advantage.

#MKELION livin it up on Old World Third St... Must be headed to @MadersWI

  1. So based on the grainy footage, what do you think it is?

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    It's a cougar.
    Come on, that's clearly a mountain lion (which, it turns out, is also the same thing as a cougar).
    IT'S A FULL ON AFRICAN LION.
    It's just a big kitty kat.
    Oh pul-lease. It's all one big hoax.

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So based on the grainy footage, what do you think it is?
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    It's a cougar.
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    Come on, that's clearly a mountain lion (which, it turns out, is also the same thing as a cougar).
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    IT'S A FULL ON AFRICAN LION.
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    It's just a big kitty kat.
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    Oh pul-lease. It's all one big hoax.

Cougars and mountain lions are actually the same thing. An earlier version of this post, which was written by an unassuming Australian, did not know that there are actually a ton of different names for mountain lions.

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