Norwalk Animal Caught on Tape Remains a Mystery - NBC Southern California

Norwalk Animal Caught on Tape Remains a Mystery

Despite image-enhancing tools, officials and experts remain divided over the animal sighting



    The mystery surrounding an unidentified animal that was captured on surveillance video in Norwalk last week may be solved with the help of image-enhancing technology. Gadi Schwartz reports from Norwalk for the NBC4 News at 11 on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 (Published Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014)

    Despite image-enhancing technology, officials and experts in Norwalk are still scratching their heads over a large animal caught on surveillance cameras wandering the city’s streets last week.

    First described as a mountain lion, then later said to be an older dog by some experts, the exact species of animal on the grainy, night-vision video remains a mystery.

    “You can tell even as the animal walks by even at a little faster speed on the tape we don’t know what it is,” Mayor Marcel Rodarte said even after taking a look at a sharper image of the sauntering animal. “It looks like it could be a cat. It could be a large dog.”

    Several wildlife experts expressed skepticism that the animal was a mountain lion, noting Norwalk is in the middle of urban sprawl and it is unlikely such a large cat could venture around a suburban neighborhood without anyone seeing it.

    The July 29 video shows the animal walking in front of a house in the 11000 block of Tina Street, and the owner of the home security camera initially reported it as a mountain lion sighting.

    While officials publicly said it was not a mountain lion, they have been unable to definitively name the type of animal.

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