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article imageAfrican Lion on the Loose in Colorado

By Samantha A. Torrence     Jul 14, 2008 in Environment
An African Lion has been sighted on the loose in Colorado. Authorities warn area residence to stay indoors until the situation is under control.
Colorado Springs, Colorado is under warning to keep a watch for an African Lion. The lion was sighted by a Colorado man and reported to authorities around 7:35am near Falcon Highway and North Log Road. The witnesses said the cat was chasing a pack of dogs. They took a picture and submitted it. A second sighting was reported soon after, also with a picture.
The local Sheriff's department said the giant cat was identified as having a red mane and a large tail. Inquiries made to the local cat sanctuary turned up no missing animals. The Big Cats of Serenity Springs sanctuary is assisting the Sheriff's Department in the search. Local wildlife officers have found lion prints.
A reverse 911 call went out to residents in the Falcon Highway and North Log Road area, a second call will be issued once the lion is found.
Anyone who sees the lion is asked to call the El Paso County Sheriff's Office at 719-390-5555.
The animal was last spotted around 10 a.m., about a mile southwest of the original sighting.
Officials are waiting for a police helicopter to search from the air.
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