Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollections

National Briefing / MISSOURI

Cat that deputy shot was leopard

June 23, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

State biologists identified a big black cat killed by a sheriff's deputy as a leopard.

James Dixon of the Missouri Department of Conservation said the cat was identified by the St. Louis Zoo.

Newton County Sheriff's Corporal Donn Hall shot the animal when it charged him May 19. A woman had reported the cat was scratching at the door of her home near Neosho.

Owners of big cats in Missouri are required to register their animals, but the sheriff's department says no one has reported a leopard missing.

Advertisement
Los Angeles Times Articles
|
|
|