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'Black panther' sighting sparks alert in France

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'Black panther' sighting sparks alert in France
File photo of a black panther. (Not the one claimed to have been seen in southern France) Photo: LaggedOnUser/Flickr
11:46 CET+01:00
Hunters were out in force in the Alpes-Maritimes area of southern France on Monday after a member of the public claimed to have spotted a mysterious 'black panther.'

The witness raised the alarm with police on Sunday afternoon, claiming to have seen the wild cat near the village of Villeneuve-Loubet.

The call sparked a massive cat-hunt across the area on Sunday afternoon involving police, fire-fighters and officers from the gendarmerie.

On Monday police said they had not yet found any trace of the panther and the National Hunting Office would be taking over the search, France’s TF1 TV reported.

In 2004 a similar hunt was organised around Marseille after the sighting of a panther-like animal. No beast was ever found.

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