[Taxacom] big cat near Paris

Mary Barkworth Mary.Barkworth at usu.edu
Fri Nov 14 10:32:20 CST 2014

Reports of lions and tigers in southeastern Idaho were also wrong. Some lions, tigers, and ligers had escaped from an animal farm that local people did not know about. It has since been closed down (for animal cruelty - the cages were too small) and the animals transferred elsewhere. There have been no subsequent sightings. 

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From: Taxacom [mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Fred Schueler
Sent: Friday, November 14, 2014 9:05 AM
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Subject: Re: [Taxacom] big cat near Paris

Quoting Richard Jensen <rjensen at saintmarys.edu>:

> Something similar happened in the US some years back.  Turned out to 
> be a large house cat!  If I recall correctly, there was also an 
> incident in England with the same answer.

* ditto in eastern Ontario a few years back, when a photo of a large domestic Cat was published in the newspaper with the implication that it might be a Cougar - and in a neighbour's backyard where the Ministry of Natural Resources affirmed that a photo, clearly of a Domestic Cat, was likely a Cougar.

> These remind me of something that happened here (Notre Dame is in 
> northern
> Indiana) about 20 years ago.  I was in our campus library when a man 
> came rushing in to report that he had spotted a wolverine outside the library.
> That would have been a quite unusual occurrence and I walked out to 
> take a look.  The wolverine (I was quite sure he had not seen one) was 
> only a large fat groundhog.
> Cheers,
> Dick
> On Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 10:25 AM, Kenneth Kinman <kinman at hotmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi All,
>>        There's been a lot of news coverage about a small "tiger" 
>> roaming around near Paris.  Authorities now say that it is not a 
>> tiger, but they are not sure what species it is.  There is apparently 
>> only that one very fuzzy picture of it, but it sort of looks like it 
>> might be a European lynx.  Can't tell if it has tufts of hair on its 
>> ears or not.  Any other possibilities what it might be?
>>           --------------Ken
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