African lion reported roaming in E. El Paso County |

African lion reported roaming in E. El Paso County

COLORADO SPRINGS ” Sheriff’s deputies and wildlife officers were looking Monday for an African lion reported by a resident to be loose in a rural part of El Paso County.

Sheriff’s Lt. Lari Sevene said the lion was reported at about 8 a.m. in the eastern part of the county. The resident told deputies the cat had a red mane and a big tail.

Authorities had not seen the animal themselves. The search was focusing on a field about a mile and a half square.

Sevene said lions are nocturnal and the animal may be napping in the field. Authorities were waiting for a police helicopter to search from the air.

Big Cats of Serenity Springs, a sanctuary in the area that houses lions, tigers, leopards and other animals, told sheriff’s deputies that none of its cats were missing.

Sevene said deputies asked the sanctuary to double-check.

The sanctuary is 30 miles east of Colorado Springs and 60 miles south of Denver.

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