Lafayette

Oct 21, 2010 12:40 PM by Kate Mundy

UPDATE: Search for Serval Cat

What is believed to be a serval cat is lurking through Youngsville neighborhoods.

Law enforcement and paramedics were called after a Youngsville Police officer spotted the animal this morning. The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office contacted Wildlife and Fisheries to assist Youngsville P.D in the search.

The public is asked not the approach the animal. Animal control workers are hoping to lure it into a trap.

The search for the elusive animal has prompted one school to change its daily routine. Students at Green T. Lindon Elementary are securely in classrooms. Normally they would have PE and recess, but that's all canceled that for today, according to Principal Gina Cahee.

Officals are getting several tips from various neighborhoods, including 4th Street, Fortune Road and Verot School Road in the Youngsville area.

KATC contacted the Zoo of Acadiana. Spokesperson Leigh Coletti said all their large cats are accounted for. They do not have cheetahs, but they do have a leopard and serval cats.

Zoo owners Matthew and George Olbenburg are participating in the search to help identify the animal if they can find it.

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