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Thursday, July 27, 2006

Wayland wildcat

WAYLAND

Wayland police are seeking a fugitive - a large cat-like animal, possibly a mountain lion or a cougar - that was spotted near Dudley Pond yesterday morning.

Police Chief Bob Irving said that an employee of Wayland's Water Department saw the animal about 6:45 a.m. on Pine Ridge Road.

The man reported the sighting to police. A U.S. wildlife official came down to take a look and see if he could identify the animal. He could not find it but said that it definitely looked like a large animal had been in the area.

The police urge residents to contact either the Wayland Police Department or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service if they see the cat, and to remain cautious until police find out what exactly it is that's on the loose.

-- Erica Tochin

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