Large Cat Causes Concern at Lake of the Ozarks
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The Lake of the Ozarks is no stranger to more exotic members of the animal kingdom with the appearance of piranhas and an alligator sighting, but what was seen lurking near the lake shore near Laurie has everyone's head spinning. Lock up your pets and bring your kids in the house, we have a Missouri tiger at our lake and he doesn't play football.
Late Thursday local resident, Tony DerGrate,had brought his family out for an evening boat excursion.
"We were just sitting there in the water when my wife got this shocked look. I followed her line of sight and sitting on the rocks chewing on what appeared to be a rabbit was this massive tiger. I had never seen anything like it but in zoos!" exclaimed DeGrate.
As he was calling the Morgan County Sheriffs Department other reports of startling images from gaming cameras started rolling in. The tiger had been spotted wandering around various lake homes.
Deputy Rudy Kipling of the Morgan County Sheriffs Department is asking everyone to remain calm as they have several agencies on board in reclaiming the cat. "Keep children and pets in doors. Luckily, we think he is hiding in the vicinity of the Boy Scouts Scout Reservation. They had an event there last weekend but fortunately there shouldn't be anyone there right now with it being out of season. We're getting to the bottom of where this guy came from and hope to take him down without incident to himself or others."
The deputy advised should you see the tiger don't run as this will make you appear to be prey. Stand your ground but back away slowly. The tiger is neat to see but take caution as it is a wild animal.