RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish says it’s investigating the escape of a possible serval from a Rio Rancho home. People who live in the Enchanted Hill subdivision say they were on alert Monday night after the cat escaped.
One neighbor captured a photo of the cat. Animal control was able to capture the cat and said it was returned to the owner Tuesday morning after they found it to be a Savannah cat, not a serval, which is basically a cross between the two.
Game and Fish say that has not been determined by their office and they are still investigating. Possession of a serval is prohibited without a permit.