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Updated: 9:04 a.m. Friday, May 28, 2010 | Posted: 9:04 a.m. Friday, May 28, 2010

Mountain Lion Sightings Reported In Ohio

GEORGETOWN, Ohio —

Authorities said a mountain lion is on the loose in southern Ohio.

After receiving at least two calls Thursday morning about the animal, the Brown County sheriff's office learned a resident bought a mountain lion at a flea market and it had gotten away about a month ago.

Authorities said one woman saw the animal through binoculars and another caller reported a loud growling noise near a landfill some 40 miles east of Cincinnati.

Experts said attacks on humans are rare but possible by mountain lions, also called cougars, pumas or other names. They will go after pets and are fast and agile.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources said people sometimes buy exotic pets and realize they made a mistake when they try to keep them at home.

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