Wild Cat on the Loose in Youngsville, LA

Wild cat on the loose in Youngsville near school

Associated Press – October 21, 2010 2:24 PM ET

YOUNGSVILLE, La. (AP) – Authorities say an exotic cat is on the loose, forcing an elementary school to keep its students indoors as officials worked to capture the cat.

The Green T. Lindon school was placed on lockdown Thursday after the cat, believed to be a serval, was reported to be nearby.

The Daily Advertiser reports that the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, Broussard Police Department, Youngsville Police Department and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries were on the scene.

Sheriff’s deputies say the serval, a cheetah-like cat and native of Africa, likely got loose from its owner, who was not immediately identified.

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