African cat on the loose near US city lured with rotisserie chicken

CNET | 9/6/2019 | Eric Mack
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The Serval was spotted around a state park in the mountains above Santa Fe and later captured with chicken dinner as bait.

It's amazing what a freshly cooked chicken dinner can bring to the table. New Mexico conservation officers credited a rotisserie chicken donated by a local Albertson's with helping them catch an African serval cat that's been wandering the outskirts of Santa Fe in recent weeks.

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Servals are native to sub-Saharan Africa -- the big-eared, spotted cats are usually only seen in North America in zoos. After a male serval was spotted in the woods above the capitol city, state conservation officers began a special trapping operation.

"Our residents did the right thing by immediately reporting the sighting to the department," New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Conservation Officer Manuel Overby said in a statement.

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