France Still Hunting Elusive 'Big Cat'

But authorities no longer think it's a tiger
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 15, 2014 8:32 AM CST
A paw print of the elusive 'big cat.'   (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
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(Newser) – French authorities have entered a third day in their hunt for a "big cat" that sparked panic this week after being sighted in the Paris suburbs. Montevrain town hall official Cedric Tartaud says the "danger level" has dropped for residents, but authorities still can't say what kind of cat it is. "A baby tiger is the size of an adult lynx, a baby lynx is the size of an adult domestic cat," he says. "At this stage, we haven't a clue." The search was downscaled yeserday, and police have dropped using their tranquilizer guns, after paw prints in the mud were identified as being too small for a tiger—the original theory as to the feline's identity.

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