Lion On The Loose In Florida: Pasco County Sheriff's Office, Florida Wildlife Commission Searching For Missing Animal

on January 03 2014 11:39 AM
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A lion (not pictured) is on the loose in Florida. Wikimedia Commons

This is a breaking news story. Check back for updats.

UPDATE 1:36 p.m. EST: The lion has been caught and tranquilized, according to WFLA. Although the lion is back in her cage, an investigation is underway into how she was able to escape.

UPDATE 11:56 a.m. EST: The lion has been located but not captured, according to WFLA. The 7-year-old female lion was found on the sanctuary property and was described as "calm."

UPDATE 11:51 a.m. EST: Fox 13 News Tampa Bay is live-streaming the search for the missing lion. Watch the search below:

UPDATE 11:47 a.m. EST: Investigators beleive the missing lion may still be inside the sanctuary, according to ABC News producer Seni Tienabeso. The lion may be a female between 4 and 5 years old. 

Original story:

A lion is on the loose at the Survival Outreach Sanctuary in Pasco County, Fla., and authorities are attempting to locate the missing and ferocious cat.

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office and agents with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission were searching for the missing lion Friday morning, according to the Tampa Bay Times. The lion went missing from the Wildlife Survival Sanctuary on the border of Pasco and Hernando. The sheriff’s office reported the lion missing around 11 a.m. Friday.

As of late Friday morning, authorities did not order any evacuations of the area around the sancutary in Spring Hill, Fla., but they did warn drivers to be cautious, according to WFLA.

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