Children are being kept off the playground at a school west of Morganton, N.C., after police and neighbors spotted signs of a large animal prowling in a wooded area nearby.
Pastor Michael Brown, who lives nearby, talked to WSOC-TV. He said he hasn’t seen the animal, but he has heard the sound it makes.
“I've heard a bloodcurdling cry,” Brown said. “I've never heard anything like that, and it made the hair on the back of your head stand up.”
Police have set up traps behind Glen Alpine Elementary and are trying to bait the animal with deer carcasses. Parents have been notified of the concerns.
Tracks found near the school and nighttime sightings by police using infrared visual equipment indicate the animal could be a large cat weighing 80 pounds or more.
Parent Kelly Lingafelt said she was warned by police to be careful while walking with friends Thursday.
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