Residents in Marshall report seeing lion on the loose!

MARSHALL, TX (KSLA) – Authorities are on search for a lion in Marshall, Texas, tonight.

Marshall Police tell us they started getting phone calls of a lion on the loose near the train depot as early as 9 a.m. Thursday morning.

Marshall Police have been patrolling the area around the depot where witnesses reported seeing the 300 pound cat.

Animal control and police are searching the area of North Washington.

Some even carried high powered rifles in case the animal had to be taken down, and locals were warned by authorities to stay inside.

"They were telling us to stay close to the building, stay indoors because that possible threat really is there," says Shawn Hagerty, Marshall resident.

After several hours of tracking, no sign of the big cat.

Wildlife experts say it was most likely a large bobcat or even a cougar.

So far, no reports of anyone who has "misplaced" an African lion. If you think you see the lion, don't approach it, contact police immediately.

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