Man Mauled in Upper West Side

MANHATTAN — An employee of Homeland Security was mauled savagely by a wild animal in the Upper West Side late Tuesday evening.

The man was on his way home to the Dorchester Tower apartment complex when he encountered what authorities suspect to be a big cat. Local residents called 911 shortly after the attack started, but by the time paramedics arrived the man was already unconscious. He was taken to St. Luke's Hospital, where he was identified as Matthew Parkman, 39. Mr. Parkman is currently listed in serious condition.

Police are currently investigating the Central Park Zoo and several wildlife rescues outside the New York metropolitan area. If you have any information, please contact your local law enforcement agency.

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