Big cat loose near Paris : Animal on the Loose in France Isn’t a Tiger, After All

Big cat loose near Paris : Animal on the Loose in France Isn't a Tiger, After All

A big, wild cat eluding 200 police and military forces near Disneyland Paris is not a tiger, French authorities said Friday — but they don’t know exactly what it is.

French authorities said on Friday that the large animal roaming around the French town of Montevrain, some 40 kilometers (25 miles) east of Paris, was likely to not be a tiger, but a different species of large cat.

“After an ivestigation carried out by the National Hunting and Wildlife Office in conjunction with the Parc ds Felins, we can exclude the presence of an animal from the tiger species. The feline … is still being hunted,” said authorities.

Hunt goes on

Efforts were stepped up as police and troops from a nearby army base patrolled the town with tranquilizer guns for a second day on Friday, in the search for a big cat that was first seen prowling around a supermarket car park on Thursday morning.

A photograph taken by the wife of the supermarket owner from a distance showed the outline of what looked to be a big cat with a reddish coat. A later unconfirmed sighting was reported at a tennis court.

Entrances to local schools were also guarded on Friday morning as a helicopter with thermal imaging searched from the skies in case an unwanted feline student should have made an appearance.