Officials Intensify Search For Mystery Cat On Maui

Published: Jun. 25, 2003 at 12:44 PM HST|Updated: Apr. 12, 2011 at 7:00 PM HST
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(Olinda) --Wildlife officials are planning to intensify efforts today to capture a large catlike animal spotted in the lower Olinda area of Upcountry Maui. A search team sent out yesterday found evidence the animal does exist. They discovered tree trunks with deep scratch marks and a number of doves that appeared to be killed by a catlike paw. Wildlife experts plan to bait an existing trap today and add four more traps. Officials say they believe the animal is about four feet long and could be a jaguar or leopard.