- The Washington Times - Friday, September 12, 2014

Authorities say a cougar could be on the prowl in Fairfax County.

The county animal control received two reports over the last two days of a large cat seen near an elementary school in Alexandria. The animal, suspected to be a cougar, was described as being the size of a large dog, sandy in color and with a tail roughly the length of its body.

Authorities are setting up wildlife cameras around the area of the reported sightings and animal control officers worked the area Thursday night and Friday morning to search for the animal, according to Fairfax County police.

The school near the location where the animal was spotted, Riverside Elementary School located at 8410 Old Mount Vernon Road, was alerted of the sightings. Students there stayed indoors during recess as a precaution on Thursday and Friday.

Officials have thus far located no evidence confirming the presence of a cougar, police said.

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