Wildlife officials are still searching for the less than 1-year-old tiger they say was illegally kept as a pet.
ALBUQUERQUE, NM — An alligator, drugs, guns and money were seized in a raid on two homes in Albuquerque last month, but New Mexico wildlife officials said Saturday they are still searching for a young tiger they believe is dead he is illegally kept as a pet.
Investigators believe the tiger is dating someone “in New Mexico or a nearby state,” officials with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Conservation said in a statement.
The animal was believed to be less than 1 year old and weigh less than 60 pounds, but tigers can grow up to 600 pounds, the department said, citing large carnivores like tigers and alligators as a clear danger to the public.
Wild tigers are listed as an endangered species worldwide. Alligators were listed as endangered in the US from 1967 to 1987, but today thrive in the wild.
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The alligator confiscated by authorities is about 3 feet long. It was taken to a wildlife facility after state conservation officials and federal, state, and local police issued search warrants on Aug. 12.
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Albuquerque police reported that a 26-year-old man was arrested and investigators seized 2 pounds of heroin, 10.5 pounds of cocaine, 49 pounds of marijuana, 17 rifles and pistols, fentanyl and Xanax pills and nearly $42,000.
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