Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Mystery Feline Shot

For those of you who have been following this story, earlier this hour the LA Times posted this article on the mysterious "big cat" seen just over the line in Ventura County.

Tiger Shot and Killed Near Reagan Library
By Amanda Covarrubias
Times Staff Writer
11:12 AM PST, February 23, 2005

An elusive tiger that prowled through Ventura County near the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library was killed this morning in Moorpark, but its origin remains a mystery.

The tiger, weighing between 400 to 600 pounds, was sighted walking behind the houses and through the ravines around Highway 23. Nearby is Miller Park, with well-used soccer fields.

According to Troy Swauger, a spokesman for the state Department of Fish and Game, the tiger was spotted about 6:30 a.m., walking through the yard of the Tucker family.

"It was old and tired-looking. It was walking along our fence and then went to our next-door neighbor's yard," Mary Tucker said.

"It was just a weird thing to see him in our backyard," husband Ken Tucker said.

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