Fenton Township might have some big cats in the neighborhood. On Tuesday, the Flint Police Operations Facebook page posted “ANIMAL COMPLAINT: Lahring and Linden. Look for a very large cat, looked like a panther.” The large cat was allegedly seen in Fenton Township.
Fenton Township Operations Manager Tom Broecker said he did not hear about sightings of a large cat. Deputies of the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department that cover this area could not be reached.
While seeing a panther in the tri-county area may seem like a stretch, Genesee County Animal Control Dispatcher Clarinda Eustin said panthers and large cats have been spotted in Genesee County.
“There are some out in Montrose and Flushing, there’s been pictures of them,” Eustin said, who hasn’t received any personal calls on big cats. “They’re not legal to have. But if it gets away from you, what are you going to do?”
The tri-county area is no stranger to large cats. Last summer, an exotic African cat known as a Serval was found wandering Tyrone Township. The cat was captured by Livingston County Animal Control and subsequently transported to an animal park on the state’s west side.
Earlier this spring, some Ann Arbor residents reported seeing a cougar near the University of Michigan campus grounds. The cougar was never captured.
If someone does see a large cat, Eustin recommends calling the Department of Natural Resources as animal control does not have the proper equipment to capture such an animal.