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Metro, animal control track down escaped wild cat
Credit: Audrey Patterson

 LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police and city of Las Vegas Animal Control helped to track down a wild cat that escaped Wednesday morning.

According to police, they got a call just before 9 a.m. about a large cat escaping from its owner and roaming a neighborhood near Cheyenne Avenue and Jones Boulevard.

People who saw the exotic cat say they started to panic, when they spotted it running across their rooftops. One woman says the cat jumped in her yard and killed one of her chickens.

"I was on the phone with my sister and I was like, 'I have a leopard in my backyard!' The cat was so large and had leopard-type skin. I haven't seen exotic cats roaming neighborhoods very often," Audrey Patterson said.

The cat's owner says it is a 20-pound Savannah cat, which is part domestic cat and part African serval, named Enzuri. The owner has had it for seven years but it has never escaped from its enclosure. However, Wednesday morning it got out of its temporary enclosure and roamed the neighborhood.

Just before 10 a.m., the cat was found by animal control. It was sedated and impounded, a spokesperson for the city of Las Vegas said. The spokesperson also says the issue is under investigation. The animal will be held until the owner produces the proper license. No one has been cited and no one was hurt.