WASHINGTON – It’s not quite what you’d expect to see in a D.C. neighborhood, but a resident may have seen a mountain lion in Southeast Wednesday night.
The Washington Post reports an email — apparently from a resident — warned that a mountain lion had been spotted behind a neighbor’s home near Fort Dupont Park. The message was passed along to police officials and a D.C. Council member and also halted recess at nearby elementary schools.
The information spread after the D.C. Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Engagement tweeted “Danger, Public Safety Alert Mountain Lion Spotted in the 3600 block of Highwood Drive SE.”
The Post says D.C. police, animal control officials and the Washington Humane Society were unable to confirm the sighting. But it appears some school children had outdoor recess canceled just in case, according to this tweet from D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson.