Cougar sighting has cops on alert in southern Ont.

Northumberland OPP Constable Steve Bates watches the driveway leading to a Cranberry Lake Road...

Northumberland OPP Constable Steve Bates watches the driveway leading to a Cranberry Lake Road property on which a cougar has been spotted. (PETE FISHER/QMI Agency)

Pete Fisher, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:03 PM ET

GRAFTON, Ont. — Could this one be the real thing?

Police and Ministry of Natural Resources officials in Grafton, Ont., say they are closing in on a cougar after it was spotted by a number of local residents, including one who went about his gardening while the animal rested under a tree nearby.

While cougar spottings in southern Ontario have become almost common in recent years, only one — a cougar that was believed to have been an escaped pet — has been verified.

On Thursday, police blocked a driveway on Cranberry Lake Rd.

Grafton is about 130 kms east of Toronto.

The cougar has reportedly been seen in the area for the past few days.

Jean Wilson said the big cat came to her back deck Thursday morning, before it later wandered off.

She saw it later in the day under some trees in her backyard.

Her husband John said he wasn't concerned, and went out to pick vegetables.

Another man said his dogs were within 10 feet of it on Monday.


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