Thursday, April 12, 2007

Is "black panther" spotted in California escaped pet?

Reported by: Amy Andrews
Tuesday, April 10, 2007

AVILA BEACH

An enormous cat is spotted roaming San Luis Obispo County.

The Department of Fish and Game has confirmed several sightings in the area of Fern Canyon and Squire Canyon near Avila Beach.

Witnesses say the animal could be a black panther or jaguar.

One woman described the creature as being six-feet in length and weighing between two and three hundred pounds.

Game wardens report finding a paw print consistent with a mountain lion in the area, but said it's not unheard of for someone to keep an exotic cat as a pet and have it escape.

http://www.ksby.com/Global/story.asp?S=6349628

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