Police hunt for a bobcat in the Pa. suburbs

Posted: October 25, 2011

Anyone see a lion in Upper Darby?

On Tuesday, police received two anonymous calls reporting a mountain lion or bobcat may have been sighted entering the woods near Township Line Road and State Road, police said.

Animal Control was dispatched to the area but no supersized feline was found, Police Superintendent Michael J. Chitwood said.

There were reports of an earlier dogfight with a "large burly looking dog" who ran off, said Chitwood. "That is what we believe it was."

That didn't stop the media circus, however.

Every news outlet arrived on scene, including some in helicopters.

"I haven't had homicides with this much attention," Chitwood said.

It is not the first lion sighting.

In September, two women admitted to police they burglarized 29 homes but passed up one house where they encountered a lion.

In separate interviews both Harley Rose Gifford and Britney Singleton, both 19 and from the 7100 block of Marshall Road, said "it was a lion," police said.

Were the two lying?

Police took the sighting seriously and went to the home where the alleged lion may have been kept but found nothing, Chitwood said.

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