Authorities charge owner of escaped kangaroo
LACOOCHEE, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities have charged the owner of a kangaroo that was captured in Pasco County when wildlife officers used a tranquilizer to stop the animal.
The 200-pound male kangaroo was spotted last weekend in the area of Lacoochee and led deputies on a lengthy chase that ended nearly ten hours later.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said Friday the animal belongs to John Chatfield, who owns a breeding farm with more than 50 kangaroos. He has a state permit to keep the animals.
The Tampa Tribune reports Chatfield has been charged with allowing the escape of Class III wildlife. The charge can carry a fine of up to $500 and/or 60 days in jail.
Chatfield could not be reached for comment.
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