Tiger on loose near Disneyland Paris, town warns passers-by to stay away or be in a car

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French authorities say a young tiger is on the loose near Disneyland Paris.

The town of Montevrain sent a news alert on its Facebook page Thursday saying the young tiger was spotted in the brush behind some tennis courts and a soccer field. The field is about 9 kilometers (5 1/2 miles) from the popular tourist theme park.

Town authorities said in a statement that police and rescue squads are on the scene and had roped off a security perimeter. They urged everyone nearby to avoid the area and to get around only by vehicle — not on foot.

EuroDisney, the operator of Disneyland Paris, said it has no tigers in the theme park, so the errant cat could not have come from them.