Police and wildlife experts closed a main road and carried out a land and air search after reports of a big cat in a Shropshire field.
Officers from West Mercia Police called in experts from the West Midlands Safari Park after the report from a member of the public just after 1000 BST on Sunday.
The caller reported seeing a large black cat in the fields behind the Travelodge at Bayston Hill in Shrewsbury.
The animal was described as panther-like, around two metres long with a long tail and had been spotted sitting in the grass.
Police officers sealed off the area until wildlife experts arrived and closed off the A5 bypass in the area.
A police spokesman said the road had been closed "in case the animal became startled and made a run onto the road".
A search on the ground and using the force helicopter lasted around 45 minutes but failed to find any sign of the big cat.