Editions:  Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland

'Black panther' sighting sparks alert in France

Share this article

'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.

Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

The Local is not responsible for content posted by users.
Become a Member or sign-in to leave a comment.

From our sponsors

Change the world with a master's degree from Sweden's Linköping University

Master's students at world-leading Linköping University (LiU) aren't there simply to study. They solve real-world problems alongside experts in fields that can create a better tomorrow. Do you have what it takes to join them?

Advertisement