Mountain lion possibly spotted in northern NJ

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP - Police say that a wild animal, possibly a mountain lion, may be on the loose in northwestern New Jersey.

Officials say that several people have reported seeing the animal, which prompted a region-wide search. Reports of the animal have come from Washington Township, Westwood and Hillsdale.

Officials think the mystery animal could also be a coyote with mange, a disease that makes them lose their hair and turn a golden color.

Authorities are urging residents to be cautious and keep a close eye on kids and pets in backyards. Those that encounter the animal should call police or animal control.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

A house in Manalapan caught fire after it 1 House catches fire on Dancer Lane in Manalapan
On a busy Friday morning, just seconds before 2 Good Samaritan saves woman's life, gets robbed in Edison
The owner of Jewelry Expo in Union Township 3 Sleight-of-hand thieves steal $10K worth of jewelry
Officials say the 15-year-old jumped off a ledge 4 Police save teen from drowning in Prospect Park
5 Neighborhood Brief for April 30

advertisement | advertise on News 12


It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.