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Cat Sightings in Shorewood - March Update

Residents near SIlverwood Park have contacted the SLMPD and the City of Shorewood to express concern about a large cat, possibly a mountain lion or cougar, roaming in the neighborhood. The first sighting was reported on December 17, 2004. SLMPD and Shorewood officials also received a report from a Waterford area resident who observed an animal on the evening of Thursday, January 27, 2005. The animal was not acting aggressively in any way.  There have been no further reports from the Silverwood Park area since the January sighting. However, here are some safety tips to follow in the event that you do see it:

If you spot the animal, do not run from it; stand still and observe. These cats are very private and will take great measures to avoid confrontation with humans and will leave. Notify SLMPD by calling 911.

There is greater safety in numbers (two or more persons together).

Do not let children play in the backyard near a wooded area,
unattended.

Recently, Shorewood Public Works personnel and an SLMPD officer saw a cat in the area of Country Club Road and Yellowstone Trail. The animal was originally thought to be a lynx. This animal has now been positively identified as a Maine Coon, which is a very large breed of domestic house cat. The cat is harmless and belongs to a household in the Country Club Road/Yellowstone Trail area as a pet.