Rapper Tyga could face charges for having pet tiger at California home

Rapper could get up up to six months in jail for misdemeanor possession of a prohibited species.
By Evan Bleier Follow @itishowitis Contact the Author   |   April 28, 2014 at 2:36 PM
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CALABASAS, Calif., April 28 (UPI) -- An aptly-named rapper could be facing charges from California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials for having a Bengal tiger at his home.

Tyga could be facing up to six months in jail for misdemeanor possession of a prohibited species if he is charged and convicted for illegally housing a pet tiger at his mansion in Calabasas.

Wildlife officials received an anonymous tip about Tyga, aka Michael Ray Stevenson, housing a 7-month-old male Bengal tiger, but the animal was nowhere to be seen when they investigated.

The animal can however be seen in pictures on the Young Money artist's Instagram account.

When he was questioned, Tyga told authorities that he had taken the tiger to a Ventura County shelter.

DFW spokesman Andrew Hughan told NBC 4 the animal has since been transferred to a more suitable location and that he “appears to be in good shape.”

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