Manatee County Sheriff’s Office receives call about possible tiger sighting

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office received a call about someone seeing a large cat, possibly a tiger, in eastern Manatee County Thursday night.

The sheriff’s office received the call around 7 p.m. regarding the possible large cat off Crosby Road.

Deputies and FWC responded, but have not located or spotted any large cats.

The sheriff’s office said they do not have a confirmed report of a tiger sighting. The call was in reference to someone seeing three to four animals, which could possibly be tigers or other large cats.

There are no reports from anyone in the area who is missing tigers.

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office confirmed via Twitter that all tigers are accounted for at Big Cat Habitat.

FWC sent News Channel 8 the following statement:

“The FWC, along with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, is investigating reports received by MCSO this evening of multiple large cats in Myakka City. Officers from both agencies have responded to the area to conduct searches and captive wildlife investigators are checking captive wildlife facilities in the region to determine if any large cats have escaped. At this time, this report is unconfirmed, but if anyone sees any large cats in the area, do not approach, get indoors and call 911 or FWC’s Wildlife Alert hotline at 888-404-3922.”

Anyone who has information is asked to call either the MCSO or FWC.

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