Reports Of Tiger Uptown Lead To Capture Of Raccoon

April 12, 2018

We’ve had tigers in Harlem before, but Patch reports that residents of Washington Heights woke up Thursday to unconfirmed reports that a tiger was roaming the streets of their neighborhood. After police responded to the West 160s near St. Nicholas Avenue, the true cause of concern was revealed to be a raccoon.

The raccoon was contained by animal control around 8:45 a.m., an NYPD spokesman said. The spokesman said he has “no idea” how the rodent was mistaken for one of the jungle’s fiercest predators.

“It was a raccoon,” an NYPD spokesman said. “That’s all we’re saying about it.”

One source of the false report appears to be the Citizen app. Citizen tweeted: “We’re trying to confirm this report of a tiger loose in Upper Manhattan” around 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

The Citizen app describes its mission as “to keep people safe and informed” by “empowering the city of the future, building new ways to bring people together, creating a safer world, and democratizing 911.” The application alerts users to nearby police and fire happenings it picks up on scanners.

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