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Large Cat-Like Animal Reportedly Roaming North Canton

Police chief issues public safety reminder after three residents reported seeing a cougar or mountain lion.

A large cat-like animal is reportedly roaming the city, prompting Chief Stephan Wilder to issue a press release reminding residents “to be aware of their surroundings for safety’s sake.”

In the past week three different North Canton residents have called police to report a sighting of the large cat-like animal resembling a cougar or mountain lion at or near their residences, Wilder said.

Officers were dispatched to check the following areas for the animal or signs of it:

• The 300 Block of 5th Street Northwest – At 2:38 am. July 24 a resident’s motion detector lights went on and the resident reported seeing a mountain lion sized run across the street.

• Stark Parks Nature Trail in the 1300 Block of East Maple Street – At 10:02 a.m. July 28 a couple of people walking together reported they saw a large tan cat about the size of a German shepherd dog.

•1400 block of Wilkshire Circle Southwest – At 4:11 am. July 30 residents reported seeing and hearing a mountain lion or cougar-like animal walk through their back yard.

Wilder said his department has forwarded the sighting information to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ wildlife officer serving Stark County for review.

Included were several photos a police officer took of a cat-like paw print he observed near the west branch of Nimishillen Creek that flows through the park and trail areas.

Wilder said the recent sighting combined with past cougar sightings in Stark County are what prompted him to issue a reminder for all who live, work or visit North Canton “to be aware of their surroundings for safety’s sake. Safety is a responsibility we all need to share.”

City residents are encouraged to report such incidents as soon as possible to the North Canton Police Department at 330-499-5911.

Nancy August 03, 2012 at 02:30 AM
They forgot to tell us that two have escaped in the last two years..one last year and one the year before. They never found them so this sounds like one of them... One of them had his fangs removed.
Ann Marie August 03, 2012 at 03:12 AM
So who is they and where did these animals escape from? Were they someones pets?
Nancy August 03, 2012 at 01:50 PM
One escaped from a wildlife zoo like place in East Canton...and the other I am not sure. This is why wildlife need to be in their own habitat and not in a cage for human amusement.....hopefully they won't have to kill them
retired farmer August 05, 2012 at 03:54 AM
up here in northern Michigan ,.. a trail cam got a nice picture of a cougar.....they have also been seen in Wisconsin..These are wild not some ones loose pets.. they are hungry..........
holly August 05, 2012 at 07:04 PM
yes, they are hungry because their lands are taken... develped more and more. I feel for nature. They cannot speak for themselves as their territories are gone.

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