By Ben Romans
A southern Indiana man shot and killed a juvenile leopard he and his girlfriend assumed was a bobcat preying on their cats.
The leopard was likely someone's escaped pet, according to authorities.
“The cat in these photographs has been identified tentatively as a leopard,” said Phil Bloom, Indiana Department of Natural Resources spokesman. “Perhaps an immature cat about 9 months old. The DNR is attempting to determine who it belonged to, or where it came from. . . In any case, it would be someone's pet, since leopards are not native to Indiana, or for that matter, to North America.”