COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- A photo of a mountain lion peeking in the backdoor of a home has been making its rounds on the internet, allegedly taken in the Ross County community of Knockemstiff.
It's a photo Brett Beatty with the ODNR Division of Wildlife is familiar with.
"Last time I saw it it was supposedly out of Butler County," he said.
A simple search on Google shows the picture in an online forum post from 2007 claiming the big cat was spotted in Michigan. Turns out it actually came from Wyoming.
Beatty says they often get reports of wild animals like big cats, ostriches, emu, and even crocodiles. Most turn out to be a hoax.
"It's just one of those viral things, if you will, that pop up from time to time and travel around at the speed of cyberspace I guess," he said.
Mountain lions used to roam Ohio, but were driven out by settlers. There have been no confirmed sightings in Ohio in decades.
"Is it possible? Sure. Is it likely? I would say no," Beatty said.
(Photo courtesy Facebook)