Last Edited: Wednesday, 25 Oct 2006, 5:01 AM CDT
Created: Tuesday, 24 Oct 2006, 8:00 PM CDT
Police are searching a country park after what may have been a puma was spotted.
A deer is reported to have been found dead in the park in Essex and several members of the public told police they had seen a large black cat.
An Essex Police spokeswoman said: "We are conducting various area searches.
"We would ask anyone who has lost a large cat to get in touch and we will be making the usual inquiries with wildlife parks and so on."
Police said anyone who saw the animal in the park in Brentwood should not approach it and they advised dog walkers to keep their pets on leads.
"We have had reports of large cats in Essex from time to time before," added the spokeswoman.
"However, we have had a number of reports about this animal...."