French authorities have entered a third day in their hunt for a "big cat" that sparked panic this week after being sighted in the Paris suburbs.

Montevrain town hall official Cedric Tartaud said Saturday that the "danger level" has dropped for residents but couldn't say what kind of cat it is.

He adds that "a baby tiger is the size of an adult lynx, a baby lynx is the size of an adult domestic cat. At this stage, we haven't a clue."

The search was downscaled Friday evening, and police have dropped using their tranquilizer guns, after paw prints in the mud were identified as being too small for a tiger — the original theory as to the feline's identity.