"Dianne Robinson, a wildlife biologist with the Department of Natural Resources, said on Wednesday that police and her agency were fielding calls.
"But so far there has been no credible evidence a big cat is roaming Milwaukee streets, she said.
In a statement, Milwaukee police Lt. Mark Stanmeyer said:
"'For the past three days, MPD has received calls from concerned citizens who reportedly have seen a lion. Each time a call is received, officers are sent to investigate and have found nothing. There isn't anything else to share at this point.'
"But the story has attracted national media attention and lighted up the world of social media.
"The Milwaukee County Zoo says all its lions are accounted for. In Wisconsin, cougars — also known as mountain lions — are the biggest cats.
"DNR officials have said that cougars are sometimes confused with other animals, including house cats, fishers, bobcats, dogs, red fox, coyote and wolves.
"People have mistaken other animals for cougars when lighting is poor, or the subject is moving quickly or seen from a distance, according to the agency.
"When it investigates potential sightings, the DNR has also turned up hoaxes — usually doctored photos — and has reported numerous examples on its website.
"But the big cats — capable of roaming more than 1,000 miles — have once again become part of the Wisconsin landscape.
"Last year, the DNR said it confirmed two reports of cougars in Lincoln and Marinette counties."
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