Tiger (Not the Golfer) Spotted Running Loose in Texas

Friday, Dec 18, 2009  |  Updated 2:24 PM CDT
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Tiger (Not the Golfer) Spotted Running Loose in Texas

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A big cat with orange and black stripes has been reported in the area about 50 miles south of Houston.

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It's a tale about a tiger that police in a Texas town are taking seriously, unlike the othe Tiger that many are no longer taking too seriously.

Oyster Creek police are on the lookout for a tiger, the non-golfing variety, after reported sightings of a meandering big cat with orange and black stripes in the area about 50 miles south of Houston.

Sgt. Rick Hempel on Friday told The Associated Press that police have "several recent but unconfirmed reports of a tiger sighted."

The first report came Tuesday night, with the caller saying a tiger had crossed state Highway 332. Hempel said several calls were received that night, but "most described the animal simply as a large cat."

Police found coyote tracks, but no tiger marks.

Hempel said no tigers or large predatory animals are known to be kept in Oyster Creek area, a town of about 1,400.

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