Several 'large cats' reported loose in Myakka City

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Manatee County sheriff's deputies will continue to search Friday morning after reports of several "large cats" or possibly even tigers on the loose.

MYAKKA CITY, Fla. - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Manatee County sheriff's deputies will continue to search Friday morning after reports of several "large cats" or possibly even tigers on the loose.

Authorities searched Thursday night for a "large cat" in the area of Crosby Road, the Florida Wildlife Commission said.

A 17-year-old contacted authorities after seeing what she believed was a tiger, FWC said. One of her neighbors said they possibly saw a bobcat, authorities said.

No large cats were found as of late Thursday night, FWC said.

There are no reports of anyone missing a tiger, said the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, which is assisting with the search.

"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," FWC said in a statement.

Authorities gave a late night update on their search:

Anyone who sees a large cat in the area is advised to not approach, get indoors and call 911 or FWC's Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922.

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