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Wildlife Officials Look For Wild Cat in Sparks Area

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The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) says it's investigating reports of a wild cat that may have been in the Sparks area recently.

NDOW spokesman Chris Healy tells Channel 2 News that the wild cat was seen roaming in a few different areas. The first report came in Saturday around 2 p.m. for a sighting along Pyramid Way, going towards Spanish Springs. The animal was reportedly seen again around 6 p.m. near Pinewood Drive, located near Reed High School.

Healy says officials originally received reports that the animal was a mountain lion, but he says it could have also been a bobcat. He says a mountain lion is typically more shy and generally doesn't roam where people can see them. NDOW doesn't believe the wild cat would pose a major threat to people.

Healy tells us NDOW is expecting to receive more reports of wild animals roaming in city limits because scientists are projecting 2013 to be dry with the current drought conditions in the Silver State.

If you believe you have seen a potentially dangerous wild animal, you're being urged to not approach it. Healy says to immediately call police.

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