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Big Cat Loose Near Paris Disneyland Probably a Lynx; Search Winds Down

By    |   Friday, 14 Nov 2014 12:50 PM

A big cat loose near Paris' Disneyland amusement park sparked a massive hunt on Thursday involving hundreds of local officials armed with tiger tranquilizers, but by Friday evening the search was winding down, leaving townspeople only a few hazy photos and number of mysterious paw prints in the mud.

"People got a bit carried away," Eric Hansen of the national agency for hunting and wild fauna told The Mirror U.K. in describing the search.

After the large feline was photographed by a local woman between the tennis courts and a soccer field in the town of Montevrain on Thursday afternoon, city officials put the whole jurisdiction on high alert. They asked residents in Montevrain, Chessy, and Chalifert to remain indoors, asked motorists to stay inside their cars as much as possible, and had school children escorted home.

As forest service, animal control, fire fighters, and police troops were mobilized — swelling the search to more than 200 participants — some found muddy footprints left by the big cat indicating that it weighed roughly 154 pounds, and was potentially dangerous.

At least one helicopter was deployed to comb the nearby forest with heat-sensing cameras to better spot the animal, and all of the nearby animal parks — including The Parc des Felins and Disneyland — double checked their animals' attendance.

Several experts guessed that it was likely a lynx, which is much smaller than the rumored tiger cub many had originally feared.

"It's definitely not typical of the animals of this region," said one official that spoke with reporters from The Associated Press.

French tiger trainer Thierry Le Portier said that it's "no problem" if the big cat goes days without eating — as they're built to do so — and concluded, "It can remain in hiding for a long time."



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