I know... it looks like a cat. I would agree. But... had you watched him out my bedroom window with Jason and I, you would agree: definitely NOT a cat. Much too big. Initially, I thought it was one of the neighbor's black labs. It did not, however, bounce and play and the ever-present black lab brother was nowhere to be seen. Then it occurred to me that I have never seen the labs "slink" and "prowl". They're far too excitable for that.
So, with no "all black, dog-sized, cat-like" animal known to our area, we are stumped. The animal control dispatcher laughed with (at) me as we guessed what it could be... The FWP lady thought I was crazy and offered no suggestions either.
In any event, I am a little hesitant to send the littles outside these days... Hopefully, the neighbor kitties will suffice should this creature decide to lunch in our neck of the woods!