A picture taken by a passerby shows an alleged tiger on the loose walking in Montevrain, east of Paris, on Nov. 13, 2014.
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November 14, 2014 7:31 AM EST

Soldiers have joined the hunt for a young tiger that was spotted on the loose near Disneyland Paris and was later seen crossing a highway, officials said Friday. About a dozen troops were tapped to help scores of French police officers armed with tranquilizer guns look for the elusive creature. Residents of Montevrain, about 25 miles east of Paris, were warned to stay inside until the big cat was caught.

Believed to weigh about 100 pounds, the tiger was initially spotted Thursday by a local woman. Her husband told reporters that it was a shock. “She was a bit scared,” he said.

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