Roaming Wildcats Reported Near Andrews AFB

By Daniela Deane
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, April 27, 2006; 3:30 PM

A hunt was underway this afternoon for two large wildcats roaming at Andrews Air Force base or nearby, a base spokesman said.

Capt. Herb McConnell, a spokesman for the base, said a caller first reported they saw two wildcats, one black and one brown, near the base commissary and housing areas at around noon Thursday. Other calls followed.

"Someone said they looked like cougars," McConnell said. He said authorities had no idea where the cats came from.

"Our efforts are focused on finding the cats now," McConnell said. He added that "security forces and animal control emergency responders are all over the place looking."

McConnell said the brown cat was last seen jumping over the base perimeter fence and on to Allentown Road. He said the black cat was believed to "still be on base."

McConnell said nearby schools were immediately contacted about the roaming cats.

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