Big kitty spotted in Oregon back yard - but what kind?

Big kitty spotted in Oregon back yard - but what kind? »Play Video
Photo courtesy neighbor Jeff Phillips.

SALEM, Ore. - Police responded to a cougar sighting this week in a Salem back yard but there is some question about what neighbors actually saw.

A neighbor took some pictures of the animal, which was estimated to be around 45 to 55 pounds.

Police say the animal hung around the yard for about seven minutes before finally slinking away. It did not threaten anyone.

The man who took the photos said this might explain why there have been several missing cats and dead opossums in the neighborhood.

State game and wildlife experts are working to ID the type of animal seen in the photos.