Mequon police who responded to reports of an "unusual looking cat" in the 11000 block of North Kensington Drive last week discovered the creature was actually a serval, classified as an exotic animal, purchased in Kentucky.
According to the police report:
The serval, about 2 feet tall and looking somewhat like a cheetah, was owned by residents of the 10600 block of North Wauwatosa Road.
Those residents, a 42-year-old man and a 57-year-old woman, had both been cited for animal at large in the last few weeks after neighbors reported seeing the animal running around and being concerned for the safety of children and pets.
The serval was later found dead after being hit by a truck July 25.
This is not the first report of an odd-looking cat in the Milwaukee suburbs.
Police in Franklin, Hales Corners, and Oak Creek have received reports of cougar sightings. Some, however, expressed skepticism that there is a cougar roaming the southern surburbs.