A lockdown at Carey Junior High School has been lifted after Cheyenne police failed to locate a reported mountain lion in the area.

Officer Kevin Malatesta says police searched the area for about an hour, but never found anything.

"We talked to a lot of people and nobody saw anything other than the original reporting party," said Malatesta.

Malatesta says it's possible the eyewitness may have confused a tan dog that was seen wandering in the area for a mountain lion.

"We just want to make sure that people recognize that they may see dogs or something like that out, but a mountain lion is pretty unique," said Malatesta. "They do actually have some distinct characteristics that would help people to identify a mountain lion versus another animal."

This morning's incident comes less than two weeks after a young, male mountain lion was captured in east Cheyenne.


Cheyenne police have locked down Carey Junior High School after receiving a report of a possible mountain lion in the area.

"At this point in time we don't have any indication there is actually a mountain lion, however we are continuing to search," said Officer Kevin Malatesta.

"We have noticed a dog that was wandering around the area and that may be what this person saw," he added.

As a precaution, police are advising anyone who lives in the area to move their pets inside and stay indoors.

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