ASKING QUESTIONS

uthorities in central New Jersey still aren't sure about the origin of the roaming 431-pound Bengal tiger they shot last week after tranquilizer darts proved ineffective - a wildlife park or a private sanctuary run by a woman called the Tiger Lady.

But new residents of the growing suburban area care less about where the tiger came from than the startling fact that some 30 of the creatures live in their midst. ''I know when you buy a home, it's up to you to ask about things,'' a new homeowner in an expensive subdivision told The Associated Press.

''But who in the world would think to ask, 'Are there tigers within a quarter mile of my home?' ''

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