Photos: Big cat captured in Greensboro
An animal control officer brought this cat to the Guilford County Animal Shelter after it was captured in the Fisher Park area Monday.
Marsha Williams, executive director of the shelter, said the cat was observed following someone walking a dog.
Williams estimated the cat's weight at between 50 and 70 pounds and said it was in the best interest of the community to capture it.
"It may have hurt someone's child; it may have hurt someone's (pet)."
The cat was originally believed to be an ocelot, but someone claiming to be its owner said it was a serval. If it is determined to be exotic, it will not be returned to its owner under county rules, which ban exotic pets. It could go to an animal rescue group.