Spotted: Extinct cat
Gone are the days of the occasional squirrel or raccoon found lurking in area neighborhoods. Recently, many towns have been visited by larger, more exotic animals that ignored the line separating nature and civilization.
Children hid, residents conferred in meetings, tranquilizers were loaded, bows and arrows were purchased, and people pulled out their cell phones to take pictures.
Take a look at some of Massachusetts residents’ latest encounters with wild animals.
Most recent: A Winchester resident reported seeing a mountain lion in the town’s Dunster Lane, Pepper Hill Drive neighborhood on Feb. 25.
The Massachusetts Environmental Police responded to the report, finding paw prints that strongly resembled those of a mountain lion. One Winchester resident said he saw a fisher cat in the neighborhood and thinks that’s probably what the person saw.
The last confirmed sighting of a mountain lion in Massachusetts was in 1858.
Photo: A mountain lion in California