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Authorities find loose lion inside Pasco sanctuary

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Published:   |   Updated: January 3, 2014 at 03:53 PM

SPRING HILL — Wildlife officials with help from Pasco Sheriff’s deputies have located an adult lioness who had escaped her enclosure at the Survival Outreach Sanctuary in Spring Hill.

“She’s not a threat to the community,” Sheriff’s spokeswoman Melanie Snow said. “She’s still in the sanctuary, she just got out of her enclosure. She’s calm — she’s actually laying in the sun.”

Deputies were called in to assist the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in the search at the sanctuary, 22005 Bowman Road, Spring Hill.

According to its website, the sanctuary houses large cats, including tigers and cougars, as well as wolf dogs and other wildilfe.

Snow said the sanctuary has a perimeter fence. FWC officers are determining how to lure the lion back to its normal enclosure.

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