Authorities: Tigers found in Arizona yards likely have same owner

Jan. 7, 2014 at 5:24 PM

PHOENIX, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- The Arizona Game and Fish Department said two tigers found in different back yards are believed to be owned by the same person.

The department's Randy Babb said complaints from neighbors led to the discovery of a juvenile orange tiger tied up with a collar in a Phoenix back yard and a white tiger kept in a dog kennel in Gilbert, KPHO-TV, Phoenix, reported Tuesday.

Babb said the tigers were likely legally purchased in another state, but are not legal pets in Arizona.

"These animals want space to roam in and any kind of enclosure that you can provide in a back yard will be insufficient," Babb said. "You never know when something is going to turn, and when it does, when the animal is large like this and is a very powerful, very efficient predator, it can get ugly very quickly."

Babb said both tigers appear to be in good health. He said authorities had not yet located the owner.

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