Could a wild animal be living on your street?

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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – It truly is a jungle out there!

You may be surprised to know there are exotic and sometimes dangerous animals that could be living just down the street from you.

Here in Florida, you need permits to own most exotic or non-native species. They’re broken up into multiple classes.

Class I animals pose a significant danger to the public and can include baboons, bears, tigers, cheetahs and elephants.

It is possible to find neighbors who own Class II animals. Get this; these can include monkeys, wolves, ostriches and giraffes.

It’s important to know where these animals could be living near you.

“They have the potential to pose a public safety concern, these are wild animals,” said FWC Law Enforcement officer Ashley Tyre.

Find out more about these animals and whether your neighbors are keeping them as pets.

Watch our special report, “Wild Things Monday at 5 p.m. on News Channel 8.



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