Mysterious Lion Moves Up To West Side? |Richard_F||11/30/06 at 16:07:28|richard_f|xx|0||
Mysterious Lion Moves Up To West Side?
Creature Reported Spotted All Over Columbus

POSTED: 5:07 pm EST November 27, 2006
UPDATED: 9:56 pm EST November 27, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- There's been yet another reported sighting of the Central Ohio lion that's been spotted all over Central Ohio's suburbs.

Residents on the city's west side claim they recently saw the animal that's proved elusive to authorities, NBC 4's Erin Tate reported.

"I was standing at the kitchen window and I saw it," Regina Haft said. "It must've been 120 pounds."

Haft said she went outside of her Cypress Creek home and tried to snap a photo of the animal with her camera phone, but it walked back into the brush, Tate reported.

"It was beautiful," she said. "It just looked at me and then strolled off."

Another resident said he spots wildlife behind his home all the time -- but never any animals that resemble a mountain lion.

"I'm going to keep an eye on it now," Paul Hershey said.

Haft said she's certain of what she saw, and worried that the animal may bring danger to the neighborhood.

"If I was not confident of what I saw, I would not have bothered police," Haft said. "I was concerned because it's a residential area and there are a lot of children and visitors in for the holidays."

Police said they're not sure if this lion is the same one that has allegedly been reported spotted elsewhere in Central Ohio, Tate reported.

Officials said they are investigating the incident.

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