Leopard Shot By Landowner In S. Indiana

By TheIndyChannel.com

Leopard Shot By Landowner In S. Indiana

June 22, 2013 Updated Jun 22, 2013 at 9:16 AM EST

CHARLESTOWN, Ind. - Officials are investigating after a large cat was shot near Charlestown, Ind. on Thursday evening.

Our ABC affiliates at RTV6 tel us that a landowner shot the large cat and contacted Indiana Conservation Officers to retrieve the animal.

After officers arrived, the cat was identified as a leopard, which is not a native species to North America or Indiana, officials said.

Authorities think someone had been keeping the leopard as a pet and are investigating.

Officers are working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to determine where the animal came from.

Anyone with information is asked to call Indiana Conservation Officers Central Dispatch at (812) 837-9536 or 1-800-TIP-IDNR.

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