SPRING HILL, Fla. -- Deputies and wildlife officers were on the lookout for a very big kitty on Friday morning.
Wildlife trapper Vernon Yates tells WTSP the female lion apparently dug out of her enclosure at the Survival Outreach Sanctuary in Spring Hill.
The lion never left sanctuary property and the public was not in any danger.
The Pasco Sheriff's Office says the 7-year-old African lion, named Savannah, was located shortly before 12:30 p.m. and was shot with a tranquilizer dart. After Savannah fell asleep, wildlife officials returned her to the enclosure.
Baryl Martin with Florida Fish and Wildlife says the owner will be cited with a first-degree misdemeanor for improper caging.
Pictures from the sanctuary's Facebook page show at least one other lion lives there: a mountain lion named Jayla is kept in a separate enclosure and did not escape.