Animal control workers in Milwaukee have set non-lethal traps baited with human food in the hopes of capturing a lion-like animal that several people have reported seeing.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and WISN-TV say the traps were placed in the area of the last confirmed sighting of the animal.

Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission executive director Karen Sparapani says it's likely the animal is an escaped or released exotic pet and that it might respond to human food. She says the creature will be sent to an animal sanctuary in Sharon if it's caught and that the traps will be monitored so other trapped animals can be freed.

Police said Tuesday that officers investigated more reported sightings of a large wildcat in recent days but didn't find anything.