Lion Feared Loose In Tampa Bay Area Caught, Caged

By: Associated Press News Email
By: Associated Press News Email

Associated Press News Release

SPRING HILL, Fla. (AP) -- A lion that slipped out of an enclosure at a Tampa Bay-area wildlife sanctuary has been caught and tranquilized.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Gary Morse says the 7-year-old female lion will be returned to an "inspected, secure cage" at the Survival Outreach Sanctuary.

Morse says the lion escaped Friday from an inner enclosure at the Spring Hill wildlife sanctuary. Authorities set up a perimeter around the property while they tried to determine whether the lion also had escaped through an outer enclosure.

An investigation into how the lion got loose is underway.

Messages left at the sanctuary were not immediately returned.


Associated Press News Release

SPRING HILL, Fla. (AP) -- A lion is reportedly on the loose in the Tampa Bay area.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office said Friday that it was assisting state wildlife authorities in locating a lion that apparently got loose from a Spring Hill wildlife sanctuary.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Gary Morse said a lion somehow got away from the Survival Outreach Sanctuary, but no other details were immediately available.

Messages left at the sanctuary were not immediately returned.


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