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(PASCO COUNTY, Fla.) — Search teams were out in full force Friday looking for a lion that was reported missing from the Survival Outreach Sanctuary in Spring Hill, Fla., only to find the feline in an enclosure there, authorities said.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has launched an investigation into how the lion escaped its own area.

The lion was reported missing after authorities couldn’t locate the cat earlier Friday, a spokesperson for the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office told ABC News.

The FWC sent five teams to the sanctuary and was being assisted by two teams from the sheriff’s office, the spokesperson said. When they found the lion, it was sedated with a dart gun.

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