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Roaming Panther Causing Concern in Branson

APRIL 21, 2005 - Posted at 4:24 p.m. CDT


BRANSON, MO - An 80-pound cat would seem hard to miss, but a black panther on the prowl in the hills near Branson is proving to be quite elusive.

Animal control officers aren't sure just where the panther came from, but they suspect it was someone's pet.

The first report came about six weeks ago from a home on Branson's northern edge.  The Ridley family spotted the panther sharpening its claws on a backyard tree.  They've seen it several more times, and captured it Monday on video.

Animal control officer Jeff McRoy says the cat in the video appears to weigh 60 to 80 pounds.  Yesterday he placed beef and chicken in a pair of cage traps and put them behind the Ridley home, but the cat has yet to take the bait.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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