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Authorities charge owner of escaped kangaroo

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Updated: 6/09/2013 10:30 pm

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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Truthseeker - 6/10/2013 4:28 AM
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Clark's Fish Camp serves kangaroo. Buuuurrrrp...

nativejax - 6/9/2013 8:48 PM
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Gunny48 and lulu2013, it is a sought after 'item' on a lot of menu's. Raised and slaughtered to be eaten...Sorry but sooner or later, if its not being used for stud services, it's probably someone's dinner.

Realchange - 6/9/2013 7:42 PM
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Do keep in mind kangaroo will not attack you directly, however if you corner or chase one it's kick can kill you or disenbowel you. The kangaroos at most zoo's keep their toe claws trimmed so that dont happen. In the wild though they can be dangerous if they kick you trying to get away and still have their claws. It's purely defensive but still dangerous.

Lulu2013 - 6/9/2013 5:39 PM
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Why does anyone need to breed kangaroos in Florida? Never mind, I don't want to know! And yes, thank you for not killing the poor thing.

Gunny48 - 6/9/2013 3:58 PM
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I would have paid to see that chase! Thank you officers for not killing it.
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