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Some Officials Dispute Mountain Lion Sighting

Police said a paw print found in town earlier this month belonged to the animal.

A mountain lion. File photo.
A mountain lion. File photo.
State officials disputed a report by Winchester police that a recent paw print found in town was that of a mountain lion.

Police said the took a photo of the print, which was found in early March.

"(The photo) was sent to several independent mountain lion organizations in the United States," Winchester police said in a statement Thursday. "Experts from those organizations have conclusively stated that the paw print belongs to a mountain lion."

The Massachusetts Department of Fish & Game disputed that claim, saying the print belonged to a coyote or dog, according to CBS Boston.

The last confirmed mountain lion sighting in Massachusetts was in 1858.

Read the full CBS Boston report
Zoltan March 21, 2014 at 09:56 AM
Maybe if they had thought to lay down some rulers beside the paw print it would have help identify what type of animal left it there. A plaster cast of the paw imprint would have been even more helpful.
Ray Weber March 22, 2014 at 05:41 PM
There was a ruler in the original image, Mass Wildlife cropped it out. Track is 3 inches high, 3.75 inches wide.

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