Is East Hampton actually, uh, Cougar Town? We ask because a large feline may well be on the loose on the tip of Long Island. Environmental Control officers were called out on Sunday to investigate reports of a big cat on the prowl. Thank goodness the "season" is over, right?

Bill Fonda of the DEC, tells Patch that one man spotted "a greyish cat-like creature about 5-feet long, 2-feet high at the shoulder with a long striped tail eating composting vegetables and meat scraps." Further, there were other reports of a jaguar in the area of Skimphampton Road and Further Lane in East Hampton. They are now planning to set up cameras to hopefully catch the beast in action.

Though some tracks were found, including one which did appear to belong to a large animal, no further evidence was discovered on Sunday (i.e. hair, scat). And nobody in the area is licensed to have an exotic cat—which doesn't mean they don't. Still, for now Fonda says that "There's not sufficient evidence of a cougar, panther, jaguar or similar exotic creature." Not yet!

The last time a big wild cat was spotted roaming these parts it turned out to be a mountain lion who had wandered here all the way from South Dakota. And sadly, the story did not have a happy ending.