facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Leopard shot and killed in Indiana

June 24, 2013 at 2:47 PM   |   Comments

CHARLESTOWN, Ind., June 24 (UPI) -- The Indiana Department of Natural Resources said a large cat shot by a resident has been tentatively identified as a leopard, but its origins remain a mystery.

Donna Duke said the animal was shot by her friend's boyfriend just outside of Charlestown while trying to protect her friend's cats, which had been subject to numerous attacks recently from a suspected bobcat, WDRB-TV, Louisville, Ky., reported Monday.

Duke said she and the couple ran to see the slain animal.

"But it was not a bobcat," Duke said.

The friends contacted the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, which sent an officer to retrieve the carcass. The body and photographs taken by Duke are being analyzed by the department.

"The cat in these photographs has been identified tentatively as a leopard," said Phil Bloom, director of communications for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. "Perhaps an immature cat about 9 months old. DNR is attempting to determine who it belonged to, or where it came from."

"In any case, it would be someone's pet, since leopards are not native to Indiana, or for that matter, to North America," Bloom said.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Miss Colombia hopeful disqualified for showing underboob
2
See the 4-inch dog that may be England's smallest
3
Watch outraged parent rip Calif. school district for 'forcing' special needs students to recycle
4
Stolen Obama statue discovered with six-pack of Twisted Tea in Pa. park
5
Video shows aquarium beluga either playing with children or begging for help
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback