TULSA - Bartlesville Police Chief Tom Holland says he doesn't want anyone to panic, but he does urge precautions after a small dog died after it was attacked, apparently by a predator.
Holland confirms to KRMG that the Schnauzer was killed early Thursday morning in the east part of the city.
The dog's owner heard the disturbance and saw the predator, but couldn't be certain what it was because of the dark.
Rumors have spread that it was a mountain lion, but Holland says no one saw a mountain lion.
He did add that they couldn't rule out the possibility, but points out that bobcats live in the area.
He says there has never been a confirmed sighting of a mountain lion in Bartlesville in his memory.
Chief Holland urges residents to go about their business and enjoy their weekend and 4th of July holiday plans, but to take precautions.
He says keep children and small animals in sight, and give Animal Control officers and state wildlife officials time to determine exactly what they're dealing with.