Mountain lion scare closes Canton park

5:56 PM, Jul 6, 2011   |    comments
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CANTON -- An Ohio nature preserve has closed on unconfirmed reports of a mountain lion lurking in the area.

Canton City Engineer Dan Moeglin tells The Repository newspaper the city has temporarily closed its 68-acre Fairhope Nature Preserve because, as he puts it, "We don't want to put anyone in harm's way."

A nearby resident reported seeing a mountain lion twice on Monday.

Another person made a similar report on Tuesday.

Ohio Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Jamey Graham says authorities have found nothing, such as tracks or scat, to confirm a big cat is in the northeast Ohio area.

Graham also dismisses reports that a mountain lion may have escaped from an exotic animal farm in the region. She tells the Akron Beacon Journal no such animal has been reported missing.

The Associated Press

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