WINCHESTER, Mass. (WHDH) -
Update: A statement has just been released from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, which said that it was highly unlikely that the tracks found were from a mountain lion.
"The photo they received was very fuzzy so the detail in the heel pad cannot be determined. The only evident features are the middle 2 toes which look to be side by side on the same plane. The next 2 toes are further apart on the same plane. These are the features of a canid track so they believe it is either a dog or coyote," the statement said.
Original story below: Police in Winchester are letting residents know about a possible mountain lion sighting on the west side of town.
Officials don't have a picture of the cat but they did find paw prints. Winchester police said a wildlife expert told them it's likely a mountain lion.
One man said he saw the cat outside Tuesday afternoon, it was about the size of a German shepherd and tan with a long tail, police are warning residents what to do if they encounter the animal.
“I’m not surprised, I’m just a little terrified now because I do walk with kids around this area,” one neighbor said.
But not everyone is buying it.
Michael Long said he thinks a little strange for a mountain lion to be in the area because he saw a different wild animal in the area this week.
“I saw it run across the street, go to the fence, literally jump up easily over a four foot fence, and run down. I went to the internet and looked it up and it was a fisher cat,” Long said.
Police found paw prints in the area, they sent pictures to Mass. Wildlife who said the prints strongly resembled those of a mountain lion.
Sightings of a mountain lion are not a public safety concern according to police, but they say if you do see one stay away, look as large as possible, make noise and slowly back away.