Saturday, January 31, 2009

Tiger issue roars on

Tiger issue roars on


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By TRYVE BRACKIN
TIGER ISSUE LOOMS ... The decision on whether a Grosse Tete truck stop can keep a tiger at its site, as it has done the last 20 years, will be made at the Feb. 17 meeting of the Iberville Parish Council
By Deidre Cruse
Post South
Fri Jan 30, 2009, 06:47 AM CST


Plaquemine, La. - The Iberville Parish Council agreed last week to consider a measure allowing a Grosse Tete truck stop owner to keep a Bengal tiger as a roadside attraction, but postponed hearing opposition from animal rights activists until a February 17 public hearing.

Council members voted 12-1 to shut down comments by David Nance of Big Cat Rescue, speaking against allowing "Tony" the tiger to remain caged in Grosse Tete.

"Go ahead and bring this forward for a public hearing," said Councilman Matthew H. Jewell of Maringouin, who moved to disallow further discussion.

On a motion by Councilman Timothy J. Vallet, the council then voted 12-1 to allow introduction of the proposed ordinance. Councilman Edwin M. Reeves Jr. of Plaquemine cast sole vote against each of the motions.

The home rule charter requires ordinances to be introduced at one meeting and set for a public hearing at the next meeting to give the public time to become informed and to express their opinions.
The Parish Council's policy on public comments allows a citizen only three minutes to address an issue. Council Chairman Eugene P. Stevens of Plaquemine proposed to allow each side of the tiger issue.

"Not like a cat fight," Stevens added. "On something like this, I don't think three minutes is adequate."

Both Sandlin and independent animal rights activist Sky Williamson both spoke to the parish council under similar ground rules in December, with Williamson urging enforcement of the existing ordinance.

The issue also is hanging fire in 18th Judicial District Court. Last month, District Judge Robin Free issued a restraining order preventing the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries from ordering the tiger removed from the Tiger Truck Stop on I-10.

Truck stop owner Michael Sandlin filed suit when Wildlife and Fisheries, citing the parish ordinance against owning exotic cats, refused to issue him a permit to keep the tiger.
Tiger Truck Stop, however, is in the corporate limits of Grosse Tete, and questions have been about whether the parish ordinance is an issue in the case.

Grosse Tete has no law that would prevent Sandlin from keeping the tiger. Parish President J. Mitchell Ourso Jr. said he thought the parish government has authority, since it handles animal control from the entire parish.

Plaquemine attorney Joseph Dupont Jr., representing Sandlin, proposed the amendment to the parish's 1993 ordinance outlawing possession of big, exotic cats, as well as other wild quadrupeds. His proposal would make an exception for any animal legally possessed on August 15, 2006, as long as it gets a permit from Wildlife and Fisheries.

"Additional exotic cats cannot be acquired by any means whatsoever, including breeding," the proposal says.

Williamson and others are pushing for the tiger to be released at a wild animal reserve elsewhere. They maintain Sandlin has been cited for improper care of the animal, and object to the conditions of his roadside cage.

Sandlin and Williamson both have circulated petitions on either side of the issue, drawing similar support.

http://www.postsouth.com/news/x232966504

Carole's note to the reporter:

Dear Ms. Cruse,  dcruse@postsouth.com

Thank you for covering the story of Tony the tiger.  I hope your coverage will bring people out to the hearing.  There was a factual error however.

The statement that both sides have garnered similar support is wrong. Big Cat Rescue supporters have generated 13,812 letters complaining about the conditions at the Tiger Truck Stop and asking that Tony the tiger be sent to Big Cat Rescue.

Sandlin put forward a petition with 700 names, but only 150 of them had addresses that could be verified and many of the signatures were not readable, or obviously the work of the same people.

Thanks again and I hope to see you on the 17th.

--
For the cats,

Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue
an Educational Sanctuary home
to more than 100 big cats
12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL  33625
813.493.4564 fax 885.4457

http://www.BigCatRescue.org
SaveTheBigCats@gmail.com

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Do As I Say, Not As I Do in Ohio

Caring for big cats can be too big a job

Friday, January 23, 2009 8:26 AM
By Josh Jarman

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

TOM DODGE | DISPATCH

JOHNSTOWN, Ohio - Carol Bohning learned the hard way how to care for
big cats: She rescued one.

Now, more than a decade later, she and her husband, Craig, operate
Butternut Farm Wildcat Sanctuary & Education Center at their farm
near Johnstown in western Licking County. The Bohnings care for more
than 20 wild animals, including eight cougars, six bobcats, three
African servals, two Eurasian lynxes, a wolf and a fox.

But she's the first to tell people not to do as she has done.

Bohning said that lax state regulation and easy-to-buy wild
animals have left sanctuaries such as hers struggling to save big
cats from being euthanized. Although Bohning is fearful of a ban on
big cats, she said the state needs to do something to keep
irresponsible owners from mistreating animals.

Ohio law requires permits only to keep animals native to the
state. In Bohning's case, that's the bobcats and fox. She said people
buy much larger, and more dangerous, animals at in-state auctions and
via the Internet.

Exotic-animal regulation has repeatedly failed at the Statehouse
but is reintroduced after a wild animal escapes or mauls someone. As
a state representative, George L. Distel, D-Conneaut, pushed for such
legislation last year before leaving office to become director of the
Ohio Turnpike Commission.

Chris Law, a board member of F.A.I.R. 4 Ohio, a conservation group
that helped defeat the bill, said its provisions were unreasonable
and constituted a ban on responsible owners.

Dean Vickers, state director of the Humane Society of the United
States, disagrees. He said Distel's bill called for common-sense
registration, and he predicted a similar effort this year.

"As far as we're concerned, wild animals should be in the wild,"
he said.

As a past director of education for the national Feline
Conservation Federation, Bohning has taught hundreds of potential
owners the science of caring for big cats. She said mandating
education and limiting easy access to the animals makes more sense.

When people go to an auction and impulsively buy that cute $200
tiger cub, she said, they have no idea what they are getting into.

Ten years ago, she was the happy owner of a bobcat, Bob. Then she
saw a message on an online bulletin board about a cougar being
starved to death in Alabama. Bohning remembers standing on the
darkened town square in Elba, Ala., less than 24 hours later when a
man walked up and handed her a leash attached to a scrawny, 15-month-
old cougar named Mercury.

Since then, she's rescued cats that were abused, neglected or
simply unwanted. She uses the sanctuary to teach people the reality
of wild-cat ownership - hopefully before they buy.

The double-door, fenced-in enclosures on Bohning's property cost
thousands of dollars to build. The more than 50 pounds of meat
required to feed the animals each day costs $2,000 a month.

Despite the costs and the constant need for donations and
volunteers, Bohning said saving the animals from neglect is worth
it. "If they came from a bad situation, they show you their
gratitude," she said.

http://www.columbusdispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2009/0
1/23/cats.html?sid=101

Dear Josh,

I appreciate your attempt as presenting some of the negative aspects of wild cat ownership, but hope as you learn more about the subject you will present the case in light of that increased understanding.

"Do as I say, and not as I do" is the mantra of those who promote animal abuse under the guise of being "responsible."

If you are posing for the camera playing with your lynx, or telling the media that educated owners can provide a proper home to exotic cats as pets, you are helping the breeders and dealers ply their trade and are not helping the animals.  The Bohning's own website says, "BFWS supports both conservation efforts in natural habitats and responsible captive ownership."  These people often claim to be breeding or condone captive breeding to save the animals from extinction, but there are no captive breeding programs for release back into the wild.  There never have been and there never could be because there is no habitat to return them to.  Cats breed very well (like rabbits one might say) and all they need is protection from poaching and habitat loss to rebound nicely.  If you care, I can expound on all of the reasons that captive breeding couldn't work for saving animals in the wild, but there is a book in that subject.  Briefly, cats are pure carnivores and have to learn to hunt from their mothers who take years to teach them over many square miles of territory, there are some instincts that are regional and none of the cats in private hands can trace their cats back to the wild, the human conflict is increased from having been cared for by humans and none of the cats in private hands have a pedigree to know if you are breeding cousins.

My own history includes being stupid and thinking that people could be trained to provide proper care for exotic cats, but I learned better a decade ago.  Now that I know better and have an overview of the situation from being a former member of the Feline Conservation Federation (fka the Long Island Ocelot Club) and now being a participant in international efforts to save cats in the wild, including the International Tiger Coalition, The Jaguar Trust and The Snow Leopard Trust, I can tell you that most of what you got from the Bohning's was bunk.

There are no resources to properly monitor the possession of wild animals.  A lot of places hide behind their USDA license, like it was a badge of honor, but I have been asked to make a presentation to the Captive Wild Animal Protection Coalition next month on the failure of USDA to provide any meaningful regulation and what would be necessary to revamp the system.  Currently anyone can fill out a 12 question form (name, address, phone, etc. are the hardest questions) and pay their 40.00 to be licensed by USDA.  Despite six consecutive years of non compliance, in many cases, USDA continues to renew the licensee.  You can see that it almost always takes 6 years of extreme abuse for a facility to lose their USDA license here:  http://www.911animalabuse.com/animalabusers.htm

The entire purpose of the Feline Conservation Federation is to promote captive cats and they rally their troops to defeat any sort of legislation that would require them to register their animals or be accountable for where they come from and where they go.  Their members will tell you, as this person did, "She said mandating education and limiting easy access to the animals makes more sense." That isn't true.  There is no legitimate reason for breeding wild animals for life in cages.  Even the smaller bobcats would roam 5 square miles of territory in the wild.  There is no cage that is big enough to provide them with the bare minimums they need for a happy, balanced life.  Tigers are designed to roam up to 400 square miles. 

I have spent more than 20 years caring for 16 species of wild cat and have learned that the toughest challenge we face is keeping them from being bored out of their minds.  Our smallest cage is 1200 square feet and our largest 3 acres, but this is far less than these animals need to be themselves.  Bottom line is that there is no excuse for breeding or enabling the breeding of exotic cats in captivity. 

--
For the cats,

Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue
an Educational Sanctuary home
to more than 100 big cats
12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL  33625
813.493.4564 fax 885.4457

http://www.BigCatRescue.org
SaveTheBigCats@gmail.com

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Southwest Ranches Couple Imitate Poor and Illiterate

Despite the clueless reporter making a cutesy fluff piece of this article, the 128 public comments show that the public isn't so ignorant any more.  The vast majority recognize that people who own exotic animals as pets and status symbols are animal abusers and don't understand that most of the exotic pet owners live in poverty and squalor. If the rich were spending their money to help animals, they would see that they are only imitating the poor and illiterate. 

Some South Floridians, wild about big cats, let carnivores roam their home
Licensed owners take on the commitment — and the risks

By Mike Clary |South Florida Sun Sentinel
    7:53 AM EST, January 23, 2009

In Southwest Ranches, a 100-pound Siberian lynx named Sasha roams Steve and Barbara Burk's house like the alpha-male predator he is.

At times the powerful cat paws playfully at a llama, a goat or another critter in the menagerie the Burks invite in to wander the house. At other times Sasha grows bored with the barnyard hoi polloi and retires to his bedroom, furnished with a double bed and a television.

"He is very socialized, very affectionate," said Barbara Burk. "If he wanted to, he probably could kill me. He has never given me any reason to be worried, but I always have to think that possibility is there."

About 30 residents of Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties hold licenses from the state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to keep as pets carnivores that include all wild felines with the exception of lions, tigers, leopards and jaguars.
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      Many end up at Busch Wildlife Sanctuary in Jupiter, where David Hitzig and a staff of 17 care for hundreds of native mammals, birds and reptiles along with several exotics confiscated by the state. Among current residents that private owners could no longer handle are five cougars, five bobcats, several foxes and a Siberian lynx, Simba, who last year escaped from its owner in Martin County.

      Hitzig said he understands the lure of exotic pets. But caring for them, he said, "is a major responsibility."

      "If you're looking for a companion, love and attention," said Hitzig, "animal shelters are full of dogs and cats that need a good home."

Many who have exotic medium-sized cats — including cougars, servals, caracals, for example — keep the animals caged outdoors as they would be in zoos and wildlife sanctuaries. But other wild cats have been turned into household pets, let loose in the living room, walked outside on leashes and lavished with the same affection and trust as any dog or domestic cat.

West of Lake Worth, Bob the bobcat also has his own bedroom. There he romps with his owners, Felicia Serpico and David Linde, and likes to dart through a 7-foot polyester tunnel from Ikea.

"He's very loving, very happy," said Serpico, a psychologist with a private practice in Sunrise.

At about 30 pounds, Bob is a third Sasha's weight, but he, too, is a wild cat. Serpico keeps that in mind.

"We can trust that he is a bobcat," said Serpico of Bob. "He has strength, stubbornness, agility and sharp teeth. We read him really well. If he's in a bad mood, we're not playing."

Many wildlife organizations and government agencies oppose keeping wild animals as pets.

Beth Preiss of the Humane Society of the United States, said, "A smaller cat such as a bobcat can be as dangerous to a child as a lion or tiger."

Capt. John West, the commission's wildlife coordinator, said, "Wild animals are not recommended" as pets. "They are not domestic, and you are not going to domesticate them," he said.

Injuries have happened. In November a 16-year-old girl was mauled by a cougar in Miami-Dade County. Earlier in the year, two recently adopted cheetahs attacked Judy Berens during a fundraiser at her Panther Ridge Conservation Center in Wellington.

And in a highly publicized 2004 incident, a wildlife officer shot and killed a 600-pound Bengal tiger named Bobo after it escaped from the Loxahatchee home of former Tarzan actor Steve Sipek.

Still, if properly housed by licensed owners in rooms or cages that must be inspected two times a year, keeping wild animals as personal pets is legal in Florida.

Owners say they know the risks, and they also understand the time and money required. Captive wild animals require special diets of whole animals or raw meat, vitamin supplements and, in Bob's case, $130 a month in medications. Cleaning up is nearly a full-time job.

"This is a lifetime commitment," said Serpico, whose 4-year-old cat has epilepsy and takes drugs to control gran mal seizures.

Explained Barbara Burk about Sasha: "To those people who see him and say, 'I want one, too,' I say, 'You have no idea.'"

In choosing to take in an exotic, Palm Beach County conservation commission investigator Shannon Wiyda said, "Your entire life is dedicated to these animals. It has to be. You can't ask the neighborhood kid to watch your pet lynx or bobcat."

Indeed, the daily schedules of the Burks, Serpico and Linde are designed to accommodate the 24-hour demands of a household pet who may be awake all night, has a tendency to spray urine to mark territory and could be a serious danger to himself or others if allowed to escape. The potential for escapes is a major concern of law enforcement. "Some people like to have these things roaming around their house as a status symbol," said Lt. Pat Reynolds, a wildlife commission inspector in Miami.
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But, he added, "Most of our escapes occur when it runs out the front door. That's the number one problem with these small cats."

Serpico and Linde decided to adopt Bob several months ago after meeting the captive-born kitten at Panther Ridge, where they volunteered.

"It is not about having this animal, but helping this animal," said Linde, a software engineer. "If we didn't have the right to keep him in our house, he probably would have to be put down."

Like Bob, Sasha also was born in captivity. The Burks got him at 3 months from a dealer after their beloved 6-foot water monitor died. "I was looking for a challenge," said Burk, 66, once a body builder who finished second in a Mr. USA competition

The Burks moved in 2005 from Miami Beach to the 4-acre Broward County Click here for restaurant inspection reports compound where they board 15 horses and spend nearly every waking hour feeding, mopping up and refereeing inter-species squabbles.

At times, the Burks' 7,500-square-foot house resembles a chaotic Noah's Ark, or a fever-dream movie set for a Doctor Dolittle remake.

On a recent morning, for example, Buddy the llama and two goats were scampering through the living room while Phil, a Sicilian donkey, tempted fate by nipping at Sasha's neck as the cat sprawled languidly on the floor.

With a large, squawking hyacinth macaw named Rio flying around, Barbara Burk sat on a couch — tattered by teeth, hoofs and beaks — and stroked a hedgehog the size of a bread loaf.

In the kitchen, Steve prepared a bountiful salad plate for the Sulcata African tortoise — one day closer to gaining his full-grown weight of 100 pounds — and then tossed a handful of live worms to two bearded dragons.

"We're retired," said Steve. "This is our job."

Mike Clary can be reached at mclary@sunsentinel.com or at 305-810-5007.


http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/sfl-flbcats0123sbjan23,0,7920977.story


Snaggle Puss

Washington, DC
   
#1
Yesterday
 
Heavens to MergaTroid ... Exit -- Stage Left!!!
sammy

Lake Worth, FL
   
#3
Yesterday
 
these people are playing with fire.....wild animals can and will attack......

all it takes is one time and they could kill you or injure you and its not the animals fault but YOUR STUPIDITY to have these as pets.
DaddyYo

Delray Beach, FL
   

#5
Yesterday
 
Not too cool, if one got lose and a child was out playing. Cats can be nasty and are very unpredictable!
Learn from the experts

Boca Raton, FL
   
#6
Yesterday
 
Sigfried and Roy.
The Cat Dancers.

Sadly, all end bad.
Who pays

Gainesville, FL
   
#9
Yesterday
 
Do the license fees cover the salaries and expenses of the inspectors who have to come out to each residence twice a year?
broward resident

Fort Lauderdale, FL
   

#10
Yesterday
 
I don't trust private people to treat these animals correctly.
Tony the Tiger

Charleston, WV
   

#11
Yesterday
 
How stylish. One can only wait for the moment when Sasha resorts to her instincts and goes at her owners like Oprah at an all you can eat buffet.
Oakland Park

Pompano Beach, FL
   

#12
Yesterday
 
How much attention does one need? Get a life. Get a human life.
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Barbara

#13
Yesterday
 
I live on a major road in Broward County and can tell you many times during thunderstorms, celebrations with fireworks, sudden loud noise(such as a fire truck) there are loose dogs just running to get away. They climb fences, go through windows, etc. Many times over the last 34 years I have brought them into my yard, just so they won't be killed on this road. I can't IMAGINE dealing with dangerous wild animals. Around here, most people don't even like the ducks.! For the last few weeks, I have had a very tall (and loud) goose at my house every day. I don't know where it came from, but follows me everywhere
DonteNCedric
   
#14
Yesterday
 
You wanna live with wild animals..go live in THEIR ENVIRONMENT - keep the ******* outta my gated community and my city - stupid ******* morons...You wanna live in a zoo - go to Obama World in DC - there are enough animals there and **** in Mercedes!
USMC SGT

Joined: Aug 17, 2008

Comments: 134

Jupiter, FL
   
#15
Yesterday
 
I would never keep one myself but the cat in that video is one awesome animal.

The power and agility these animals possess is really something that requires you to respect these animals every second.

Maybe in a couple years we can all read and comment about how a 120lb siberian lynx snapped the neck of some kid.
Question

Fort Lauderdale, FL
   

#16
Yesterday
 
Are our local law enforcement and firefighters privy to the location of these nuts? And, if someone calls 911 from inside one of these houses, are first responders told that entry into the house could be deadly?
RED BARON

Pompano Beach, FL
   
#17
Yesterday
 
Unfortunately, all it takes is for one of these cats to go bezerk and kill one or two small children. These amateur "zoo keepers" will then be forced to return to reality. These animals don't belong in a person's house. They belong in the wild or in a zoo.
Some sanity please

Port Saint Lucie, FL
   
#18
Yesterday
 
Pit bulls and Dobermans are already a serious threat to the public. How can anyone believe it is safe to keep these big carnivores outside of a zoo? They cannot be domesticated. Domestication takes many generations of selective breeding to alter their genetic background. Not only are these big cats a danger to the general public if they escape, they can turn on their masters at any time. The fool woman even said in the article that she can't "play" with her natural-born killer if he is in a cross mood. That mood can change in an instant, and maybe she won't recognise it. An unarmed human has no chance against such an animal if it attacks. I hope she keeps a loaded gun strapped to her hip. This is one of the most disturbing articles I have read in a long time.
Justifiably Bellicose

West Palm Beach, FL
   
#19
Yesterday
 
Sure, we're all fascinated by these huge, beautiful creatures.

But they DO NOT BELONG in people's HOMES.

Only a self-indulgent moron would keep a big cat as a pet.
DMG

Boynton Beach, FL
   

#20
Yesterday
 

    DeShawna wrote:
    we got 4 pits cause them pits are real pets. we train them so nobody animals mess with us. the pits will eat a lynx for lunch so aint no lynx no real animal unless it can beat a pit and we train our pits to win. we even add gunpowder to their food to tuffen them up cause them pits be for real. we also train them

What an uneducated, classless moron you are. You should not be allowed to own animals as you have them for all the wrong reasons.
onebaud

Joined: Jun 17, 2008

Comments: 39

Miami, FL
   

#21
Yesterday
 
I don't mind people having tigers, lions or other big cats, but not in the home. They should live in their lairs with them.
What a Joke

Fort Lauderdale, FL
   

#22
Yesterday
 

    Some sanity please wrote:
    Pit bulls and Dobermans are already a serious threat to the public. How can anyone believe it is safe to keep these big carnivores outside of a zoo? They cannot be domesticated. Domestication takes many generations of selective breeding to alter their genetic background. Not only are these big cats a danger to the general public if they escape, they can turn on their masters at any time. The fool woman even said in the article that she can't "play" with her natural-born killer if he is in a cross mood. That mood can change in an instant, and maybe she won't recognise it. An unarmed human has no chance against such an animal if it attacks. I hope she keeps a loaded gun strapped to her hip. This is one of the most disturbing articles I have read in a long time.

Where did you pull out of your as that Dobes are a serious threat to the public? Have any facts to support that? Nope! GO AWAY!
Evil Killers

Miami, FL
   

#23
Yesterday
 
Those folks are real losers. Their homes are full of cat and goat crapping and must stink to high hell. Not to mention that one day the cat will be **** off and rip somebody's arm off. Good riddance!
Dick

United States
   

#24
Yesterday
 
They call them wild for a reason.

Each to his own.

I hope the owners have LOTS of insurance.

BooBooKitty

London, KY
   

#25
Yesterday
 
Captive animals are not housepets.
This should be illegal 100%.

The animals needs cannot be met in this environment- it is a selfish person who forces a wild animal to live inside a home. No matter how hard you try you cannot duplicate their natural environment, and anyone who thinks they can is rationalizing their need to own an "exotic".
Good grief.
David

United States
   
#26
Yesterday
 
These are the same people that have those big snakes and then let them loose. Wait till one of those snakes or big cats kills some 3 year old child and lets see how "cool" those "pets" are.
Miss A in Illinois

Woodridge, IL
   
#27
Yesterday
 
This woman has some screws loose. The house must be a pit if she lets a goat walk on top of hte sofa. She needs help...probably voted for Obama.
cappeton

#28
Yesterday
 
You are playing with fire keeping these cats in a house.It is not where they Belong.
rukidding

Tallahassee, FL
   
#29
Yesterday
 

    Barbara wrote:
    I live on a major road in Broward County and can tell you many times during thunderstorms, celebrations with fireworks, sudden loud noise(such as a fire truck) there are loose dogs just running to get away. They climb fences, go through windows, etc. Many times over the last 34 years I have brought them into my yard, just so they won't be killed on this road. I can't IMAGINE dealing with dangerous wild animals. Around here, most people don't even like the ducks.! For the last few weeks, I have had a very tall (and loud) goose at my house every day. I don't know where it came from, but follows me everywhere

Maybe it just wants to take a gander at your place? Try telling it a joke and if it quacks up, then keep it around.
A1ACharles is Still The 1

West Palm Beach, FL
   

#30
Yesterday
 
That is a "watch cat".

What happens when they dont like them as pets anymore?
marlin perkins

Fort Lauderdale, FL
   

#31
Yesterday
 
i can only imagine the smell in that house! i hope there aren't any kids living in there.
Broke Rider

Fort Lauderdale, FL
   
#32
Yesterday
 
Llamas in the living room, lynx in the closet, bearded dragons and monitor lizards.... oh my!!

What do the neighbors think? Do they board other peoples' horses, seems they would need very high insurance!!
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Dumb Idea

Fort Lauderdale, FL
   
#33
Yesterday
 
Wild animals belong in the wild. Don't wanna hear any whining when the animal eats its owner.
Louie
   

#34
Yesterday
 
WHY ???
Sun Sentinel

Fort Lauderdale, FL
   

#35
Yesterday
 

    RED BARON wrote:
    Unfortunately, all it takes is for one of these cats to go bezerk and kill one or two small children. These amateur "zoo keepers" will then be forced to return to reality. These animals don't belong in a person's house. They belong in the wild or in a zoo.

My thoughts exactly.
SELFISH PEOPLE

Fort Lauderdale, FL
   
#36
Yesterday
 
Very, very selfish to keep an animal like this from its natural habitat...shame.
TomFLL

Joined: Mar 26, 2007

Comments: 376

NYC

ISP: New York, NY
   
#37
Yesterday
 
These people are nuts. I have a playful domestic kitty and sometimes when we're playing he bites down on me -- he's just playing and doesn't mean harm, however, he's only 8 pounds. Imagine a 30 - 40 pound cat doing the same thing and they could puncture arteries or veins. And felines really have a different temperament versus canines.
Have to say

Pompano Beach, FL
   

#38
Yesterday
 
Stupid people everywhere !
Have to say

Pompano Beach, FL
   

#39
Yesterday
 
Where is the Liberals screaming about this ?????
Ladislav Nemec
   

#40
Yesterday
 
It is, in my opinion, perfectly OK to have big cats and wolfs (hyenas do not seem to be that popular) if you have some 200 acres of land with no neighbors for 5 or more miles.

Otherwise, nobody should keep cats larger than the domestic ones - I am not sure about large dogs. Watching the TV 'judge' shows, pit bulls really like to eat their neighboring canines, rarely consuming them but killing them or hurting them badly.

Here in California mountains rather large dogs are running free, more or less, but the ones that come to my property are very friendly, thank god. Coyotes may not be so friendly but they seem to be very shy.

I understand that people love to have dangerous animals around - they are probably so bored with life that they need some excitement.

What I do NOT understand is they are allowed to do so by authorities in a urban or suburban setting.
Boca Jew

Pompano Beach, FL
   

#41
Yesterday
 
""I don't mind people having tigers, lions or other big cats, but not in the home. They should live in their lairs with them."""

Try reading, if you know now. These people are NOT keeping bigcats, like Lions and Tigers. These are 30-50 lb animals, smaller then a Pitbull dog.
David Perez

Fishkill, NY
   
#42
Yesterday
 
Man alone is the perfect beast.
cbm

Miami, FL
   
#43
Yesterday
 
Selfish. Florida needs to crack down on this type of crap. It's a risk for everyone and completely unnecessary. If she really loved Siberian Lynx, she'd be helping the wild ones.
pie

Quantico, VA
   
#44
Yesterday
 
bad idea, if ever gets out and attacks my pet, I will kill it and feed it to mine

KOP

Fort Lauderdale, FL
   
#45
Yesterday
 
"He is very socialized, very affectionate," said Barbara Burk. "If he wanted to, he probably could kill me. He has never given me any reason to be worried, but I always have to think that possibility is there."
ENOUGH SAID
The Renegade

Miami, FL
   
#46
Yesterday
 
People that keep big wild animals and even pit bulls (read predators here) are all nothing but people with very low personal esteem and complete lack of personality (read here trash people). The animals fill their need to portray an image and show what they can not do themselves. Florida authorities should test these people further to see if they have not only the conditions to keep wild amimals, but also to see if they are psycologically qualified to do so.

By the way DeShawna, did your Mamma get a license to have you?
You know it

Northridge, CA
   

#47
Yesterday
 
Thats retirement??? lol...I would rather be living in Naples, walking on the Beach, going to the Pier. Sounds like a pain in the arse...no?
KOP

Fort Lauderdale, FL
   

#48
Yesterday
 

    Miss A in Illinois wrote:
    This woman has some screws loose. The house must be a pit if she lets a goat walk on top of hte sofa. She needs help...probably voted for Obama.

You also need some major help by linking this to voting for Obama. Your screws are as loose but you do not see yet.
Delightful_girl

"The Homies Have Spoken"

Joined: Jul 12, 2008

Comments: 1157

Lighthouse Point, Florida

ISP: Hollywood, FL
   
#49
Yesterday
 
This is the epitome of selfishness. These people are not equipped or educated enough to begin to understand these animals. How can this be legal?
Face it

San José, Costa Rica
   
#50
Yesterday
 
cat urine stinks
New World Order

Fort Lauderdale, FL
   
#51
Yesterday
 
Establish a law to kill the owner of these beast if it attacks anyone.
Brandy

Fayetteville, NC
   
#52
Yesterday
 
How sad for these big cats and exotic animals to be locked away in someone's home instead of where they belong, simply for the pure enjoyment of these humans. I agree with some other people on here...if you want to live with wild animals, go live in their environment!!! Don't drag them into yours. Do you really think a 100lb lynx is happy in a house? Very disappointing. How selfish of these people. Very, very selfish. And they will be the first ones to complain when these animals turn on them. You can put a leash on a wild cat, but that doesn't make him a pet. He is still wild. Good luck to these people's neighbors and to the animals if they get loose. It probably won't end well for all involved including the animal. This makes me very sad. These people should instead donate their time and money to helping wildlife, or set up the proper facilities to care for them if this is how they want to live. And I am sure these pets were purchased, not rescued...so that just promotes the breeding and selling of these animals. Again, just a sad story for these big cats!!

Raleigh, NC
   
#53
Yesterday
 
The animals would rather wander around all day in a forest or field rather than a home with tile floors..It seems they treat them good however a wild animal must be left in the WILD!
You know it

Northridge, CA
   
#54
Yesterday
 

    DeShawna wrote:
    we got 4 pits cause them pits are real pets. we train them so nobody animals mess with us. the pits will eat a lynx for lunch so aint no lynx no real animal unless it can beat a pit and we train our pits to win. we even add gunpowder to their food to tuffen them up cause them pits be for real. we also train them

you sound like an uneducated dumb arse...you must have voted for Obama, and you must have been in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina...Speak English, ID10T
You know it

Northridge, CA
   
#55
Yesterday
 

    sammy wrote:
    these people are playing with fire.....wild animals can and will attack......
    all it takes is one time and they could kill you or injure you and its not the animals fault but YOUR STUPIDITY to have these as pets.

Hey, is this Sam Boulware????
A1ACharles is Still The 1

West Palm Beach, FL
   

#57
Yesterday
 
"Mom the catbox is overflowing again!!".
Tony the Tiger

Boca Raton, FL
   

#58
Yesterday
 
Not so grrrrrrrrrreat!
What a stupid article to put in the newspaper to frighten the people of South Florida. These animals should be removed immediately to a zoo....I would be a nervous wreck living in S.W. Ranches. Someone better remove these animals now before someone gets killed or eaten. Let the owner live at the zoo with them; be their zookeeper but stay the hell away from our homes. Would anyone like to have dinner at her home? I don't think so.....you might turn out to be dinner for them!
Clancy

Boca Raton, FL
   
#59
Yesterday
 
Dangerous animals belong in the wild not in stupid peoples houses. Are the cops warned that they are responding to a house with a dangerous animal?
Smiley

Miami, FL
   
#62
Yesterday
 

    Barbara wrote:
    I live on a major road in Broward County and can tell you many times during thunderstorms, celebrations with fireworks, sudden loud noise(such as a fire truck) there are loose dogs just running to get away. They climb fences, go through windows, etc. Many times over the last 34 years I have brought them into my yard, just so they won't be killed on this road. I can't IMAGINE dealing with dangerous wild animals. Around here, most people don't even like the ducks.! For the last few weeks, I have had a very tall (and loud) goose at my house every day. I don't know where it came from, but follows me everywhere

DID YOU GET GOOSED BY THE GOOSE?
Bingo

Miami, FL
   

#63
Yesterday
 

    Snaggle Puss wrote:
    Heavens to MergaTroid ... Exit -- Stage Left!!!

I was wondering if anyone else remembered old Snaggle. He is the only cat I want in my living room.


Pompano Beach, FL
   

#64
Yesterday
 
it's people like them that ruin it for everyone else.
like on casual Fridays at the office. one person comes in with a torn pair of jeans and its back to tie and suit thanks.
miamiman

Fort Lauderdale, FL
   
#65
Yesterday
 
an idiot is born every minute.
Barry

Fort Lauderdale, FL
   
#66
Yesterday
 

    Barbara wrote:
    I live on a major road in Broward County and can tell you many times during thunderstorms, celebrations with fireworks, sudden loud noise(such as a fire truck) there are loose dogs just running to get away. They climb fences, go through windows, etc. Many times over the last 34 years I have brought them into my yard, just so they won't be killed on this road. I can't IMAGINE dealing with dangerous wild animals. Around here, most people don't even like the ducks.! For the last few weeks, I have had a very tall (and loud) goose at my house every day. I don't know where it came from, but follows me everywhere

Many women appreciate an occasional goose.


Pompano Beach, FL
   

#67
Yesterday
 
the neighbors should really get a petition going to have the "Kitty" put in a zoo where it belongs. not only will it be safer for our children, but its the best thing for the wild cat. it belongs someplace with others like it where it is free to run and move around. some people realy have no brains. Lily

United States
   

#68
Yesterday
 

    Barbara wrote:
    I live on a major road in Broward County and can tell you many times during thunderstorms, celebrations with fireworks, sudden loud noise(such as a fire truck) there are loose dogs just running to get away. They climb fences, go through windows, etc. Many times over the last 34 years I have brought them into my yard, just so they won't be killed on this road. I can't IMAGINE dealing with dangerous wild animals. Around here, most people don't even like the ducks.! For the last few weeks, I have had a very tall (and loud) goose at my house every day. I don't know where it came from, but follows me everywhere

Barbara, there was a story recently about someone who actually had a 'pet' goose. It had wondered into their yard and kind of adopted the family and it became their pet until some cold-hearted (kids, i think) decided to kill it.

Maybe it just wants to be your friend.
Mike Clayton

Hollywood, FL
   

#69
Yesterday
 
That house must smell lovely.
Lol
   

#70
Yesterday
 

    DeShawna wrote:
    we got 4 pits cause them pits are real pets. we train them so nobody animals mess with us. the pits will eat a lynx for lunch so aint no lynx no real animal unless it can beat a pit and we train our pits to win. we even add gunpowder to their food to tuffen them up cause them pits be for real. we also train them

Wow. Are you mentally retarded, or did you just bash your face against the keyboard when you were typing that?
The Dude

Indianapolis, IN
   

#71
Yesterday
 
A buddy of mine has a serval and as we all know... people with Exotics are humans with no identity and looking for attention. They think it's cool and different (ego is in control). Thank you. Amen. The Dude.
Crazy

Fort Lauderdale, FL
   

#72
Yesterday
 
Please tell me why this is allowed? I guess if you have money and can afford a big house you can pay your way into owning one of these. What happens when it gets loose and eats someones face off then what? Go to the zoo lady!
Average Joe

Fort Lauderdale, FL
   

#73
Yesterday
 

    DeShawna wrote:
    we got 4 pits cause them pits are real pets. we train them so nobody animals mess with us. the pits will eat a lynx for lunch so aint no lynx no real animal unless it can beat a pit and we train our pits to win. we even add gunpowder to their food to tuffen them up cause them pits be for real. we also train them

Your pit bulls got nothing on my .45! I've never had to pull or use my weapon in the 14 years I've carried, but if an animal (human type) threatens me, they'll have a bad day. I think most animals act better than a lot of the "humans" out there, so I would only hurt an animal as a (very) last resort. If these people are properly trained and licensed to have the exotic cats, more power to them. I have no problem with educated people saving the life of a wild animal and caring for it. The biggest problem in S Florida are the humans, not the pets.
ILovemykids

Fort Lauderdale, FL
   

#74
Yesterday
 

    Evil Killers wrote:
    Those folks are real losers. Their homes are full of cat and goat crapping and must stink to high hell. Not to mention that one day the cat will be **** off and rip somebody's arm off. Good riddance!

Well said!!
Selfish Selfish Selfish

Miami, FL
   

#75
Yesterday
 
This should be banned. No one needs a large wildcat. Just morons trying to feed their own egos like Tony in Scarface.
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Florida grandma

Chicago, IL
   

#76
Yesterday
 

    DeShawna wrote:
    we got 4 pits cause them pits are real pets. we train them so nobody animals mess with us. the pits will eat a lynx for lunch so aint no lynx no real animal unless it can beat a pit and we train our pits to win. we even add gunpowder to their food to tuffen them up cause them pits be for real. we also train them

I hope someone from an animal welfare organization notes the abuse of putting gunpowder in a dogs food!!
Boca

West Palm Beach, FL
   

#77
Yesterday
 

    DeShawna wrote:
    we got 4 pits cause them pits are real pets. we train them so nobody animals mess with us. the pits will eat a lynx for lunch so aint no lynx no real animal unless it can beat a pit and we train our pits to win. we even add gunpowder to their food to tuffen them up cause them pits be for real. we also train them

Are you pitting me!
Defender

Atlanta, GA
   

#78
Yesterday
 
Oprah Miracles and the New Earth
by Erwin Lutzer

Get it,
Read it,
Learn about it.
wise son

Hollywood, FL
   

#79
Yesterday
 
My Mom told me to stay out of cat houses.
Tutor

Chicago, IL
   

#80
Yesterday
 
If these wild animals were meant to be domesticated they would have home contsruction skills. It's dangerous and disrespectful to the animals' instincts.
Justified

Delray Beach, FL
   

#81
Yesterday
 

    Tony the Tiger wrote:
    Not so grrrrrrrrrreat!
    What a stupid article to put in the newspaper to frighten the people of South Florida. These animals should be removed immediately to a zoo....I would be a nervous wreck living in S.W. Ranches. Someone better remove these animals now before someone gets killed or eaten. Let the owner live at the zoo with them; be their zookeeper but stay the hell away from our homes. Would anyone like to have dinner at her home? I don't think so.....you might turn out to be dinner for them!

Your a complete idiot. A zookeeper isn't anymore qualified than these people. Do you know what's involved in owning this animals? No, probably not. But just act like you live a in perfect utopia of your community. You think someone owning a cat is a threat to society down here? LOL! Get a reality check. Look at the thugs we have here committing murder, killing innocent people, cops, and all the rest of the scum that makes up S. FL. Get a life, some people should be scared to live here this area alone. Head over east to the hood and see whats scarier...
Merlin the Wizard

Boca Raton, FL
   

#82
Yesterday
 
There ought to be a law.

It's time to abort the Right to endanger others by bringing wild animals into a human environment.

Too many loose screws in too many humanoids.

I thought Obama was going to fix this?
Merlin the Wizard

Boca Raton, FL
   

#83
Yesterday
 
wise son
Hollywood, FL

Especially without a condom...which will protect you in a wild environment.
Dryback

Fort Lauderdale, FL
   

#84
Yesterday
 

    Haywood Jablomey wrote:
    you wouldn't by any chance happen to have gold teeth and dreadlocks, would you?

I assume "DeShawna" and "her" post were a joke.
Jon

Kennesaw, GA
   

#85
Yesterday
 
No one better blame that animal when it gets bored and decides to attack the stupid white trash owner.
Southern Cane Alum

Ocean Springs, MS
   

#86
Yesterday
 
Nothing like spending 100s of thousands of dollars to buy a house that is to be used as a giant litter box. Nice--I bet the place smells amazing.
Rich g

Hollywood, FL
   

#87
Yesterday
 
Most if not all people should not have big cats, However there are exceptions,
1-they live in sw ranches, good large spread.
2-animal was rescued, purchased from a shelter that rescues them and finds responsible class II license holders to keep them
3-lynx's are not that large, its not a tiger, lion, leopard....big difference.
4-I had a serval cat which is a bit smaller but still wild, I had to build a secure enclosure in backyard, Do the 100 hrs at a big cat rescue, and take the test for the license.
5-It was a rewarding if not demanding project. He long gone now but I would not of traded the experience for anything. One last thing, socialization with humans while young is so important to having a large cat providing you have the skills and infrastructure or yes tragedy can occur.

Lily

United States
   

#88
Yesterday
 
There is no other way to put it. These people are Morons. That is not open for a debate.
Krazy Kat

Fort Lauderdale, FL
   

#89
Yesterday
 
I commend them for saving the cat and raising it. As for what the neighbors think, obviously most here are not aquainted with Southwest Ranches, there are all types of animals as everyone has plenty of land and that is why they choose the area. I have to laugh at the comments of how the animals will turn on them. That is a rare instance, what isn't rare are human children turning on their parents and murdering them. I would rather take my chances with the animals.
JMF

Fort Lauderdale, FL
   

#90
Yesterday
 

    DeShawna wrote:
    we got 4 pits cause them pits are real pets. we train them so nobody animals mess with us. the pits will eat a lynx for lunch so aint no lynx no real animal unless it can beat a pit and we train our pits to win. we even add gunpowder to their food to tuffen them up cause them pits be for real. we also train them

Obviously you are an uneducated, naive animal abuser. You should be locked up and taught how to speak english and spell. I hope one of your pit bulls bites your head off for retribution.
jrr

Astoria, NY
   

#91
Yesterday
 
amazing how regardless of size, cat behavior is the same. my cat does the head butt thing and loves when I rub under his armpits...but dont touch his lower belly. Amazing! god bless them for taking the cat in.
SUEY

Pompano Beach, FL
   

#92
Yesterday
 
While these folks are at it, why don't they house serial killers? Same difference really. Both are extremely dangerous and can kill at any second for no apparent reason. That's why felons are housed at maximum security prisons. Wild animals are housed in zoo's. I have to say the laws of this state really need to be revised to account for the stupidity of it's citizens...
lylo

Hollywood, FL
   

#93
Yesterday
 
Not a humane way to treat wild animals! Wake up crazy people... http://www.bigcatrescue.org/
Slippery Soap

Miami, FL
   

#94
Yesterday
 
These animals deserve to be free so we can hunt them for sport.
Lily

United States
   

#95
23 hrs ago
 

    Southern Cane Alum wrote:
    Nothing like spending 100s of thousands of dollars to buy a house that is to be used as a giant litter box. Nice--I bet the place smells amazing.

'giant litter box'.....LMAO!!!

Probably the best post yet!!


Fort Lauderdale, FL
   

#96
23 hrs ago
 
That donkey and those goats are starting to look pretty appetizing.

Sasha
Karen

Boca Raton, FL
   

#97
23 hrs ago
 
I hope the owners get bitten and learn their lessons. Get a life
Que

Miami, FL
   

#98
23 hrs ago
 
Loco gringos!
Stinky

Boca Raton, FL
   

#99
23 hrs ago
 
I bet her house smells like a zoo.
Chris

Richmond, TX
   

#100
23 hrs ago
 
Caring for these animals whose habitats have probably been destroyed by man's greed and carelessness shows that there are some decent people out there. I'm a million times more worried about some nutbag with a gun breaking into my house or trying to rob me than I am about a lynx killing me. Man is the most dangerous animal of all. Most of these posts just validate that statement.
Lori W


#101
23 hrs ago
 
Funny Snaggle Puss (brings back memories). These animals are not meant to be housepets and as beautiful as they are, they do not belong in somebody's home. I feel that those owners are being irresponsible simply by having the big cats as house pets. We have seen here in South Florida (not to mention the Las Vegas act) how quickly these beasts can turn, sometimes without provacation. I feel that the practice of owning wild animals as pets should be outlawed completely.
Joe

Lakeland, FL
   

#102
23 hrs ago
 
Probably won't be long before we are reading that he did kill you.
Joe

Lakeland, FL
   

#103
23 hrs ago
 

    Que wrote:
    Loco gringos!

I guess if this were a hispanic family and someone used the phrase "crazy **** " there would be hell to pay.
Idiot

Boca Raton, FL
   

#104
23 hrs ago
 

    Que wrote:
    Loco gringos!

Crazy chi chi man. Go back to your daddy Castro.
DeShawna

Delray Beach, FL
   

#105
22 hrs ago
 

    Haywood Jablomey wrote:
    <quoted text>
    you wouldn't by any chance happen to have gold teeth and dreadlocks, would you?

in fact, i am grilled up and my cousin work at the oakland pk flea market and hes going to grille up the bottoms. a few of my cousings got dreads but i dont so your only part right.
miamiman

Fort Lauderdale, FL
   

#106
22 hrs ago
 

    Que wrote:
    Loco gringos!

not loco but stupid gringos i bet he also pays to have his wife serviced while he watches
DeShawna

Delray Beach, FL
   

#107
22 hrs ago
 

    JMF wrote:
    <quoted text>
    Obviously you are an uneducated, naive animal abuser. You should be locked up and taught how to speak english and spell. I hope one of your pit bulls bites your head off for retribution.

we got them pits trained so nobody been bitten. its more a business so we gotta do what we gotta do. we got them fenced in pretty good so it isnt anything plus nobody going to ever break in. peace out!

my pet

Hollywood, FL
   

#108
22 hrs ago
 
I have a laughing Hyena as a pet. I can tell the worst joke and his sided still splits.
my pet

Hollywood, FL
   

#109
22 hrs ago
 
side
my pet

Hollywood, FL
   

#110
22 hrs ago
 
my other pet is a very rare jackalope.
Dave


#111
22 hrs ago
 
All is I can say is I am glad these crazy people dont live by me.
miamiman

Fort Lauderdale, FL
   

#112
22 hrs ago
 
i have a snake in my pants
Sam Yosemite

Aiken, SC
   

#113
21 hrs ago
 
I've been told one of these wild animals resides 3 doors down from my house ( in a gated community ). I am eagerly awaiting a clear shot. BTW, the owner is a certified looney.
MJC

Fort Lauderdale, FL
   

#114
21 hrs ago
 
Talk about an absolute retard. I hope this cat eats her alive!!!!
RDC

West Palm Beach, FL
   

#115
19 hrs ago
 
My Rhodesian Ridgeback (rescue) could take that cat out. She probably wouldn't...she's too lazy to get off the couch and do it...but she could if she wanted to.

United States
   

#116
19 hrs ago
 
I got gators in the living room.
Frosty

United States
   

#117
19 hrs ago
 

    Sam Yosemite wrote:
    I've been told one of these wild animals resides 3 doors down from my house ( in a gated community ). I am eagerly awaiting a clear shot. BTW, the owner is a certified looney.

People that want these pets think of them like they think of their car, their blackberry, their big screen tv.

They are possessions. They love to Define Themselves by their possessions.

Translation?
You're right, certified looney tunes.
dick

United States
   

#118
19 hrs ago
 
If you watch the movie, she says, The cat has freedom.

I think not...

Run of the house maybe...
dick

United States
   

#119
19 hrs ago
 

    MJC wrote:
    Talk about an absolute retard. I hope this cat eats her alive!!!!

Did you see near the end of the video the llama stroll through the bedroom?
Lily

United States
   

#120
18 hrs ago
 

    dick wrote:
    <quoted text>
    Did you see near the end of the video the llama stroll through the bedroom?

Yeah, wasn't that wild?? LOL
Crazy

Boca Raton, FL
   

#121
17 hrs ago
 
Animals belong in the wild, not in your living room! When some child gets killed or attacked, the county will get sued and that will be the end of that!
Tom K

Shawnee, KS
   

#122
15 hrs ago
 
The HSUS is a terrorist organization, not a credible source of information. They are not qualified to hold an opinion. Look up John Goodwin.
typicalswranchre sident

Fort Lauderdale, FL
   

#123
14 hrs ago
 
sw ranches preserving the rural lifestyle! if that is letting a wild animal bang your wife while you watch!!! shoot first ask questions later! beastality is illeagal isn't it? Where are all the tree huggin peta liberals on this one!!!!!!!
the city council and mayor probablely gave the burks a permit to don this. douchebags!!!!!!!



Carole Baskin

Hudson, FL
   

#125
13 hrs ago
 
If you pay taxes, you are paying for people to abuse wild animals for their own egos' sake. The Florida Wildlife Commission does not inspect twice a year, but if they did, it would cost the tax payer 300.00 and the permit fees aren't even half that. When big cats escape, it is the tax payer (YOU) not the low life exotic owner, who pays for all of the police, animal control, etc. to clean up behind them. Visit BigcatRescue dot org/big_cat_news.htm to see how often these wild animals escape, maul and kill. Wild animals should not be bred for life in cages.
yasmine

Delray Beach, FL
   

#126
12 hrs ago
 

    Carole Baskin wrote:
    If you pay taxes, you are paying for people to abuse wild animals for their own egos' sake. The Florida Wildlife Commission does not inspect twice a year, but if they did, it would cost the tax payer 300.00 and the permit fees aren't even half that. When big cats escape, it is the tax payer (YOU) not the low life exotic owner, who pays for all of the police, animal control, etc. to clean up behind them. Visit BigcatRescue dot org/big_cat_news.htm to see how often these wild animals escape, maul and kill. Wild animals should not be bred for life in cages.

find a new cause treehugger. its a free country. get back to watching Nancy Grace
jake

Miami, FL
   

#127
11 hrs ago
 
I can only imagine the smell.
Barbara


#128
10 hrs ago
 
So, what DO YOU DO with these animals when they are spooked by a thunderstorm, fireworks and the big one-a major hurricane? I know how dogs react. What DO YOU DO when you have visitors or someone working on the property? THE POOR MAILMAN?!!!! I'd be afraid to leave the house-no telling WHAT I'd come home to


Big Cat Attacks, Maulings and Escapes in 2008

December 26, 2008 Mexico City, Mexico:  Lions and tigers were confiscated during drug raid.  A gardener detained along with more than a dozen members of an alleged drug trafficking ring testified that police threatened him to feed him to lions and tigers during a raid at a Mexico City mansion. The gardener, Fernando Maya, testified that police dragged him to cages with lions and tigers and threatened to throw him inside. "They kept saying, where is he? And that they were going to throw me to the lions, they were going to throw me to the tigers, which had not eaten."  Eleven Colombians, a U.S. citizen, two Mexicans an Uruguayan were detained in the raid. Prosecutors said the gang allegedly arranged for cocaine shipments from Colombia to Mexico's Beltran Levya cartel.

December 9, 2008 Albion, IN: Noble County 911 Director Mitch Fiandt said an18-year-old female tiger escaped from the Black Pine Animal Park.  Park officials say the tiger returned to the property 8 hours later and was back in its enclosure about an hour after that.  An Albion firefighter alerted authorities after spotting the tiger on his property.  Authorities shot the tiger with a tranquilizer, but were not immediately able to capture it.

December 8, 2008 Hamilton TWP, NJ:  Santa Claus bit by pet bobcat in Petsmart.  Scratches and bites cover the hand and arm of Jonathan Bebbington, after being mauled by a pet bobcat who was brought to Petsmart for a photo session.  Bebbington says, "It hurt, it had a lot of power in its jaws."  He struggled to control the cat for nearly 5 minutes while it bit him repeatedly. "He locked on here, grabbed the skin," he says as he points to his left hand. The cat's owner left after the incident without providing her name, though she did tell volunteers with Penny Angel's Beagle Rescue, which ran the event, that she had it shipped from Wyoming for $1,500. It is illegal to own a bobcat in New Jersey and allegedly this owner was keeping hers tethered in yard. There have been other cases of bobcats in South Jersey, including Mr. Peepers at the Cape May County Park Zoo, which was rescued from Bridgeton. Anyone with information about the bobcat or its owner should call the Atlantic County Division of Public Health at (609) 645 5931.

December 6, 2008 Wisconsin Dells, WI: Alan Borud was greeted by a 50 lb Siberian Lynx in his yard.  Borud watched as the cat came up on the porch, stood on its hind legs, at which point it was about chest high to Borud, and looked in the window. He called DNR who took the cat to a local humane society.  Big Cat Rescue called the authorities and offered a home to the cat, but Derick Duane of the McKenzie Wildlife Center said the owner was coming to retrieve her. They have had issues with this owner before, and have taken our name as a placement option if the owner cannot keep the Siberian Lynx contained. An anonymous tipster said the owner bought this cat and her mate in MO and then raised them as pets. When the cats reached about a year of age, the male began attacking the husband and son in the family and both the male and female were said to have been turned loose on purpose. No one has caught the male, and the owner denies that there ever was a male cat and denies that he turned this female loose.

December 1, 2008 Cass, WVa:  Davide Cassell killed his pet tiger today said Hoy Murphy, spokesman for the state Division of Natural Resources.  Murphy said the snowmaking crew at Snowshoe Mountain Resort saw the big cat on Monday morning.  Cassell, who works at Mountain Lodge on Snowshoe Mountain, was trying to find the animal and tranquilize it, but ended up killing the cat instead.  Cassell had a permit for the animal.  In May 2006, an Asian brown bear owned by Cassell escaped and the 400-pound bear was not seen again.

November 27, 2008 Kansas City, KS:  An exotic African cat (a Serval) roaming a Kansas City neighborhood has been shot and killed by police. Residents worried the cat was dangerous to children. But efforts to trap it over several weeks were unsuccessful, and an officer shot it Thursday with a patrol rifle.  Police think the cat was dumped or had escaped from people who were keeping it as a pet. The identity of the owners is not known.

November 26, 2008 Harrisburg, PA:  A Chester County farm caretaker says he thought he was shooting a bobcat in the chicken coop -- then his heart sank when he saw it had a collar.  The animal he killed was a Serval cat that someone was keeping as a pet.  Heim says once he realized he'd shot a pet, he was sad for the animal -- and angry at its owner for allowing it to be out.

November 19, 2008 Columbus, GA:  Wildlife officials say a cougar killed at West Point Lake was an illegal pet.  The 140-pound, 88-inch cat was shot by deer hunter David Adams of Newnan on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land near the Georgia-Alabama border.  Officials said the cat had not been living on wild game and had callouses indicative of living on concrete her whole life.

November 17, 2008 Miami, FL: A 16-year-old girl mauled by a 150-pound cougar required more than two hours of surgery to repair a large gash in the back of her neck suffered when the animal clenched its powerful jaws around her head. "It's really a miracle that she's alive," said a family spokesman. Because the male cougar, named Chaos, was declawed, the girl did not suffer scratches to her face or body.  Saturday's attack was witnessed by the girl's mother, who had brought her daughter to work cleaning out cages at a private wild animal sanctuary in a North Miami-Dade home to earn community service hours required to graduate from high school. The cougar lunged at the teen in the yard of the home of Alan Rigerman who keeps the animals at his home in the 17900 block of Northwest 84th Avenue.  Rigerman owns a second cougar, snakes, tortoises and alligators. The girl and her mother had been brought to the home by Anthony Zitnick, 21, who after the attack was arrested on a charge of burglary of an occupied dwelling. Rigerman told The Miami Herald that Zitnick entered the property with a key he had given him after Hurricane Wilma in 2005, but that Zitnick only helped with the animals while under Rigerman's "supervision."  Zitnick casually knew the girl's mother and had asked her if any of her children would be interested in the nonpaying job.  The girl and her mother had no idea Mr. Zitnick did not belong on the premises, which they entered with a key.

Chaos got agitated, suddenly lurched and pinned the girl, and put his mouth around her head. A neighbor who heard the girl's screams jumped over the fence and helped free her from Chaos' jaws by punching the animal in the face. At the time of Saturday's attack, Rigerman was out of town at a reptile show in Tampa. Rigerman often attends public meetings of Florida's Wildlife Conservation Commission praising them for their lax regulations and enforcement and opposing new rules that would curb his behavior.  He has publicly threatened other attendees who favor tougher regulations.

November 16, 2008 Luray, VA:  A 15 year old keeper lost her finger to a 5 year old tiger named Star at the Luray Zoo located at 1087 US Hwy 211 West, in Luray, Virginia 22835 owned by Mark Kilby and Jennifer Westhoff.  She was showing off and petting the cat in front of visitors at the time.  The Page County Sheriff's Office says the girl's finger was amputated as result of a tiger bite. The private zoo's web page is covered in pictures of people petting exotic cats and behaving recklessly.  The Luray Zoo has frequently employed people as young as 14, said Kilby. It is a violation of VA's Dept. of Labor laws that teens under 18 work in any "occupation that exposes them to a recognized hazard capable of causing serious physical injury or death."  Kilby declined to discuss whether the zoo carries insurance for such attacks.  Besides the tiger, the zoo's 37 mammals include five other breeds of what Kilby terms "big cats" - two lynxes, one serval and one bobcat.

November 14, 2008 Camperdown, So. Africa:  12 lions escaped the Lion Park after a storm downed the fences.  Ten lions have been recaptured and are being kept in cages, while two others are still roving about the reserve.  "Two lions were found at the front gate [of the park] and this was when we first became aware that the others might have escaped," Boswell said.  A search party of about 20 Lion Park staff members, a helicopter pilot and a district official from Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife (EKZNW) conservation authority searched for the remaining 10 lions throughout the morning.  The police and the EKZNW officials were notified, but were asked NOT to alert the public of the potential danger lurking in the tall grass.  Boswell said that the park did not want to involve the public because they did not wish to cause public panic.

November 13, 2008 Singapore:  Three white tigers mauled Nordin Bin Montong, 32, a Malaysian working as a cleaner at the zoo, to death after the man jumped into their enclosure. "Keepers managed to separate the worker from the tiger. While waiting for the ambulance, our vets attended to him," said Guha. "The worker
tragically succumbed to his wound." Nordin was seen behaving in an agitated manner before he fell into the moat. Terrified visitors near the section watched the vicious attack in horror and screamed, the paper said. Aziz Ansari, 16, a student, filmed the initial part of the horrific attack with his handphone. The video clip showed Mr Nordin's desperate fight to save himself, first by trying to get up and back into the moat, then by kicking one of the two tigers.

November 11, 2008 Mexico City, Mexico:  A tiger escaped from an unlocked cage at a commercial zoo and fatally mauled its caretaker before it was captured and killed.  State officials said that Bioparque Estrella had closed Monday when the tiger escaped his unlocked cage and fatally attacked 26-year-old Herminio Rodriguez Palma.  Some 150 police officers and zoo veterinarians began an intense search for the tiger at the 740-acre wild animal park in the countryside northwest of Mexico City. Mexico has had problems with dangerous animals escaping from their caretakers recently.  In September, a five-ton elephant got away from his trainer at a circus, wandered onto a highway outside Mexico City and was fatally hit by a bus. The bus driver also was killed.  Three tigers escaped from a circus truck and took shelter in a house in western Mexico last week and in August, a 500-pound lion escaped from a local lawmaker's private zoo in southern Mexico, killing two dogs and a pig and attacking a woman and child on a donkey before it was sedated and captured.

November 11, 2008 Maddaloni, Italy: A 700lb Siberian tiger which can grow to 12 feet long prowled the streets of Maddaloni, southern Italy, for more than five hours after escaping the circus.

November 9, 2008 Junsele, Sweden: A keeper was mauled by a white tiger at the zoo.  The keeper, who has worked with the zoo's tigers for 16 years, was trapped in a cage with the big cat unti the zoo's owner, Ulf Henriksson lured the tiger away with a piece of meat so rescue workers could get the man out of the cage and into an ambulance.  The keeper was bitten in the foot and the shoulder and would be hospitalized for a couple of days to ensure against infection from the wounds, Henriksson said, noting the tiger saw the keeper more as a playmate than a threat.

November 8, 2008 Anchorage, AK:  In the past week, three reports of the cat wandering near Fort Richardson and Point Woronzof, some 10 miles apart, have reached Rick Sinnott, Anchorage-area wildlife biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The cat's reported spots and size appear to describe the serval, an African wildcat sometimes kept as a "designer" pet, he said.  Possessing such an animal is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $10,000 fine, he said.

November 5, 2008 Mexico City, Mexico: A family in Mexico was in shock after finding a tiger, which had escaped from a circus, lying on their patio, police said. The tiger terrified the town of Zitacuaro, in western Michoacan state, as it wandered the streets for an hour and a half before entering a house.  The tiger "went through the house and lay down on the patio," the officer said. "The family was terrified and they hid." A total of three tigers escaped from their circus cages when the doors were left open the day before.

November 3, 2008 Ratchaburi:  A male Bengal tiger has been on the loose in Ratchaburi since Thursday, when it escaped from its cage at a wildlife research station after attacking a keeper.  The tiger, named Silathong, attacked Bunma Thongkerd, at the Khaoson wildlife research centre as he opened the cage for cleaning. Mr Bunma was mauled but survived. The tiger slipped out of the cage and ran off.

October 29, 2008 Broken Arrow, OK:  Safari's Interactive Animal Sanctuary is home to 27 big cats. Former keepers have warned for years that the practices there of allowing contact with adult tigers would lead to injuries, escapes and death. SIAS' website is covered in the typically ignorant photos of the President, Lori Ensign Scroggins (ex-wife of Joe Estes who runs Safari Joe's) bottle feeding tigers and walking them on leashes. That kind of irresponsible behavior can only lead to tragedy for humans as well as the animals when they pay the ultimate price. Now the liger named Rocky may be killed for mauling to death a volunteer named Peter Getz who walked in the cage while feeding the cat a deer carcass.  The mauling happened in the presence of more than 40 pre schoolers who were ushered away from the scene.

October 29, 2008 Winston, OR:  Two cheetahs headed for the Memphis Zoo aboard a Delta flight made a stop at the Atlanta airport where it was discovered one of them had gotten free in the plane. The cheetahs are one-year-old sisters from Wildlife Safari Park in Winston, Oregon.

October 29, 2008Cambridgeshire U.K.:Hamerton Zoo offers 'Face to Face with a Cheetah' sessions but today the face to face happened with a little boy after the Cheetah escaped the zoo.  The 6ft long animal was just 15 feet from 9 year oldToby when he spotted it. Toby dropped the bicycle he had been playing with and fled. As he reached the house the three-year-old, 66lb cheetah named Akea bit chunks out of the saddle and ripped the tires with his claws. Toby has since had nightmares over the incident. He said: "I panicked. It looked massive and really scary. I thought it would attack me. I ran as fast as I could."

October 28, 2008 Latham, NY: Many attacks and escapes go unreported as those who deal in exotics do not want the bad press, but they can't help but brag about it on what they think are private chat groups.  This was posted on Phoenix Exotics by a breeder of Savannah cats:  "Hell I got seriously bitten by a serval and I went to the ER and said I fell out of a tree and landed on barbed wire..." signed Deborah-Ann Milette, The home of the best known Savannah"MOTZIE"  In 2005 USDA fined her and revoked her license 21-C-0218 for because she allegedly drugged and killed a tiger cub among other things.  See 911AnimalAbuse.com for more.

October 28, 2008 Berlin, Germany:  Rescue workers saved six tigers from a blazing 43-foot wagon by turning them loose on the highway.  One tiger appeared to have suffered some smoke inhalation, but the other five were in good condition, owner Daniel Renz said.  Renz said his show would go on, as planned on October 30, but the six tigers involved in Monday's blaze -- Queeni, Aschima, Lena, Sonja, Sibi and Goldi -- will be given a break and some of the circus' seven other tigers will perform in their place.  The suspected cause was an overheated suspension system on the truck, said Renz.

October 14, 2008 Johannesbrg, So. Africa:  Nelson Silaigwana of Three Streams Farm in Mangwe was found mauled to death by escaped lions.  Two weeks ago, the eight-year-old daughter of a farmer was mauled by a lion and a lioness her father kept caged.  Courtney Sparrow, who suffered a hole in her throat and serious injuries to her arms, face and head, underwent ten hours of surgery in Milpark Hospital, Johannesburg.  Her father, Ron Sparrow, said he used the lions to deter attackers, but two lions broke through a weak window and the lioness attacked Courtney. A domestic worker was injured when she tried to rip Courtney from the lioness's grip.

October 13, 2008 Fallon, NV:  A volunteer named Emmie was invited to pet the big cats at Tiger Touch owned by John and Barbara Williamson.  She was petting a cougar named Kicky when the cat latched onto her palm and tried to drag her into the cage.  See photos of the injury and read more about the mauling HERE.

October 4, 2008 Palm City, FL: A 50 lb, declawed Siberian Lynx disappeared from 3560 SW Wood Creek Trail at about 4:30 a.m., shortly after owner Tina Love fed her on the screened patio.  "She's not the type to walk around," Love said. "But I thought she might have just wandered off."  The property was unfenced. Love bought Simba from a breeder in Wisconsin for $2,500 after she gave away her bobcat because it was too wild. The Siberian Lynx was found again a couple weeks later, a mile and a half away, hanging out in a children's playground.  She was confiscated by authorities as the owner did not have current permits and lacked appropriate caging.  Often Big Cat Rescue has to turn away cats, from irresponsible owners who are trying to dump them, because the owners refuse to sign a contract stating that they will never again fuel the exotic pet trade.

September 16, 2008 Gaveston, TX:  Galveston County Judge Jim Yarbrough said Tuesday that a tiger is out of its enclosure from an exotic pets center. The news follows reports of a lion holed up in a Baptist church with its owner on Bolivar Peninsula.  Yarbrough said, "I understand he's hungry ... so we're staying away from him."  Hurricane Ike made landfall Sept. 13 but a week later, the tiger still had not been found.   The lioness and her owner were waist deep in water in the church along with several people who had fled there for shelter.  "They worked pretty well together, actually," said the lion's owner, Michael Ray Kujawa. "When you have to swim, the lion doesn't care about eating nobody."

August 20 Reno, NV: Washoe County Regional Animal Services originally responded to a call about a large black dog on the roof of a home in the valley east of Washoe Lake.  When they got there, they found not a dog, but two black leopards on the roof.   State Wildlife Department spokesman Edwin Lyngar says the cats are exotic pets that escaped from the home of their owner Andy Kay who could not be reached for comment at telephone numbers associated with the West Coyote Drive address or the Ann Road address.  Washoe County Assessor's Office records indicate the Washoe Valley property is owned by Coyote Irrevocable Trust and that Kay is a trustee.  In March two black leopards were fired on by the police after allegedly mauling a puppy 200 yards from their home.  Those cats were never found and are suspected to be the same as these found on a rooftop.  Regional Animal Services Center Director Cindy Sabatoni said two Siberian tigers were found in Washoe County two years ago and a bobcat was found last year in Stead.  The problem in NV is so prevalent that the tigers never even made the news.

August 19, 2008 West Palm Beach, FL: Authorities found and sedated a missing tiger from McCarthy's Wildlife Center. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the adult lion and tiger escaped and were loose overnight at McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary (a breeding compound and not a true sanctuary) about 20 miles northwest of West Palm Beach. Three schools, Golden Grove Elementary, Acreage Pines Elementary and Western Pines Middle, were on lock-down until the tiger was found and sedated at 11:00 am the next day. Authorities say they don't know how the big cats escaped.  A person who answered the telephone at the sanctuary on Wednesday said they couldn't comment and abruptly hung up.  Marc McCarthy houses 22 big cats on what appears in aerial maps to be about 8 lots in a subdivision.  In May, McCarthy was rushed to the hospital after being bitten on the leg by one of his tigers, Sabi, on the set of a rap video being filmed in Miami.

August 5, 2008  Richmond Township, IL:  Larry Dean said he was practicing a circus act at the Hawthorn Corporation farm near Richmond when the tiger suddenly became aggressive and grabbed him with its mouth. "He had numerous scratch marks and bite marks," said Richmond Township Fire Chief Rick Gallas. "I would say that was a mauling... he was pretty bloody." Gallas said workers told paramedics they had to beat the tiger with baseball bats to get it to release Dean. Gallas said Dean told paramedics it was the second time a tiger had attacked him at the farm, but Dean declined to comment when asked about that on Thursday and Hawthorn's owner, John Cuneo says Dean should not have been near the tigers.  Hawthorn owns about 50 tigers but only about 30 of the animals are at the farm, Cuneo said. Others are performing at circuses around the world, Cuneo said.  In 2003 the U.S. Department of Agriculture accused Hawthorn of failing to care for its elephants properly. But in 2004 he agreed to give away his elephants in exchange for keeping his circus tigers.  Cuneo has tried to get rid of his tigers when they won't perform by asking Big Cat Rescue to take them, but Big Cat Rescue does not enable bad behaviour.  Cuneo's Sarasota neighbors are concerned that he plans to move his tigers to their neighborhood as he has purchased 5 acres of beach front there and asked for permits to install n 8 foot high wall.  FL law requires 5 ac and an 8' fence for people to keep tigers in their back yard. 

August 4, 2008 Branson, MO:  A 16-year-old boy named Dakoda Ramel is in the hospital after an attack at the Interactive Zoo and Aquarium( fka Predator World) in Branson West owned by Breck Wakefield. Rescue crews say a 16-year-old employee entered the tiger exhibit to take some photos for guests. Witnesses tell rescuers the teen was knocked to the ground.  That's when they say two other tigers joined in, dragging the teen to the water trough. "We have two puncture wounds on the neck, one big one on the leg, a big gash on the leg. His neck is bleeding," a caller says on the 911 tape.  That's the condition in which he was airlifted to Springfield, where he remains four days later in critical condition.  The father of the boy, Jim Barr said, "It was holding him down by his leg and tearing his calf off, eating it right in front of him."  A lot of people remember Predator World from last year, when some wolves, a fox and a bear escaped. The bear killed an adult tiger at the park.  What this park is known for is its interactions with animals like sharks, tigers and alligators.

August 3, 2008  Warren County, MO:  A 26 year old volunteer named Jacob Barr was mauled by a tiger at the Wesa-A-Geh-Ya Animal Facility and lost his leg below the knee.  The Warren County Sheriff's Department responded, to a report of a dog attack. Staff at the compound described not a tiger, but rather a pitbull attack. "This was not a dog attack, it was indeed a cat (800 lb tiger) attack on the person," Sheriff Kevin Harrison said. "And that they had tried to mislead my investigators and cover it up."  The victim lost his leg below the knee and was airlifted to Barnes Hospital by Arch Air Medical.  The tiger named Hercules who was said to have hopped the fence was shot to death by the owners, Ken and Sandra Smith. They then hid the body at a family member's house.  The farm is home to 50 exotic animals and has been criticized by animal protection groups and USDA.  About four years ago, the USDA filed allegations against the Smiths that included not providing proper veterinary treatment and lacking adequately trained employees. The Smiths gave up their exhibitor license and later had it revoked for operating without a license.  They are no longer inspected by USDA and the Sheriff's office has no resources to devote to managing these kinds of operations.  More HERE.

July 17, 2008 New Zealand Safari Park:  Lisa Baxter, a 19 year old tour guide knew that if she screamed it would wake the rest of the pack and she would be killed, so she quietly worked to free her hands from the piercing bite of 18 month old Timba, the lion.  Lisa, of Gullane, East Lothian, said: "I was stroking Timba's nose when he just grabbed my hand. His teeth were razorsharp and went straight through my skin."  Later she added, "My hands were so swollen, I thought they were going to explode."

July  10, 2008 Atlanta, GA:  A serval was found wandering near 14th Street and Georgia Tech in mid-town Atlanta and picked up by Animal Services who said the problem is more prevalent than most people think.  Owning an exotic cat as a pet is illegal in GA unless it is being used for "education" so when exotic cats escape their owners rarely come forward.  Big Cat Rescue received a report from a neighbor saying that the owner had become fearful of the cat as he matured and turned him loose on purpose.  The cat, dubbed Ozzie, has been placed in a licensed facility.  GA has no accredited sanctuaries, so that probably wasn't a happy ending for the cat.

June 20, 2008 Thailand's Tiger Temple:  In a report on the Tiger Temple released today is documented and account of a Thai woman who came with her partner to help raise funds for the Temple, put her hand into the tiger, Dao Ruang's, cage to pet her. Dao took hold of the woman's hand with her mouth. When the
frightened woman tried to pull her hand away, Dao Ruang bit through it and held on. The woman's partner came over and hit Dao Ruang over the head. The woman's hand was badly torn between her 3rd and 4th fingers and required numerous stitches to close the wound. On other occasions, investigators observed tigers attacking staff and volunteers. One resulted in an injured finger, which needing suturing, another a French volunteer whose shirt was ripped, narrowly missing her neck and another a Danish volunteer who was tackled to the ground by and bitten on the leg. The resulting injury got infected and the volunteer need medical treatment at a hospital. During an interview with a journalist in January 2008, the Abbot was asked why the tigers do not bite. The Abbot said, "They want to bite and one day they will bite." Meanwhile the Monks spray tiger urine in the cats' faces to subdue them.   Animal Planet has removed all references to the show.  Read the entire report HERE.

June 19, 2008 Newton County, MO: A deputy shot and killed a 6 month old, declawed, black jaguar after being called to the home of a woman who thought she had seen a cougar. The jaguar had body fat, but no food in its stomach, and his paw pads indicated having been kept on concrete, which means he had escaped from captivity. Missouri does not regulate non-native wildlife, so the agency has no records that might have revealed where the jaguar was being kept.  Last month, a declawed black leopard was shot to death in Neosho, MO.

June 17, 2008  McAllen, TX:  Police said Michelle Ashton, 49, who was arrested while exchanging carriers filled with six tiger cubs in a parking lot, could be linked to a suspected tiger-smuggling ring. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agent Alejandro Rodriguez says it appears the cubs were bound for Mexico when they were seized. According to the feds, smuggling wildlife is a lucrative business that ranks second only to drug smuggling. "It's a very huge problem," Fish & Wildlife Service Agent Nicholas Chavez said. "It's been prevalent for years. It's something that we see definitely every week." "You could get anywhere from probably $3000 to $25000 a piece for them depending on what color they are, what they look like," he said. Ashton allegedly told police that she was a representative of Spring Hill Wildlife Ranch outside of Calvert in Robertson County. If convicted Ashton could face a $250,000 dollar fine and up to five years in prison for violating the U.S. Endangered Species Act.  Wildlife trafficking earns billions of dollars annually. Smuggling wildlife products feeds into multipurpose criminal distribution networks that generate what Younger called "peripheral
crime." This includes corruption of officials, falsification of documents, intimidation and murder. "Once we start to dig into these things we find that not only are they smuggling wildlife, for example, but they'll be smuggling narcotics, or diamonds or gold bullion," he said.

June 12, 2008 Shifang, China: Following an earthquake on May 12 and mudslides that caused 400 people to flee on foot, a circus turned loose many of their animals and left 3 lions and 2 tigers behind in cages. On June 3 soldiers shot one 2 year old tiger to death in his cage. One white lion had starved to death already. When Chen Qinghua, head of Wanguan Group, was informed that a tiger and 2 lions were still alive, he organized a rescue party who transported the big cats by helicopter to the Bifengxia Zoo. They had gone without food or water for 25 days.

June 7, 2008 Tokyo, Japan: Zookeeper, Atsushi Ito, was mauled to death by an 11 year old, 330 lb. male tiger while cleaning the animal's cage at the Kyoto City Zoo in western Japan. Police suspected Ito had failed to lock a door that connected two cages.

June 6, 2008 Winnepeg, Canada:  Kelly John Clarke, 38, sometimes called the Tiger Man of St. Clements has been charged with two counts of first degree murder in connection with the brutal killings of Joel Labossiere, 34, and his pregnant wife Magdalena, 33, who were found shot to death inside their St. Vital house on April 20. Clarke first made headlines in 1997 when his Midwest Exotics – a business that bought and sold exotic animals to pet stores, zoos and universities – brought to his St. Clements home Sheena, a Siberian tiger. When his trailer burned to the ground 1998, surrounding residents pressured council to bring forward a restricted exotic animal bylaw. Most of the animals were confiscated, but in August 1999, Winnipeg police seized the 250-kilogram Sheena after the tiger was spotted in a cage in the back of a van in River Heights. In December 2001 Clarke was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison and a 10-year weapons prohibition for 14 armed robberies. He went on the spree to fund a $1,000-a-day crack cocaine habit. In August 2007, Clarke was arrested in Selkirk and charged with intimidation after allegedly disrupting a Winnipeg trial and following a Crown attorney while she drove home from work. These are the kind of people who have big cats as pets.

May 27 So. Africa:  A man in his forties was attacked and killed by six lions on a lion farm in Setlagole, near Mafikeng, North West police said.  Superintendent Koos Degenaar said the man went into the lion's cage to give the animals water.  He was then attacked by six lions. All that was left of the man were fingers and intestines. This is the sixth such incident to be reported in the province in two years. Other incidents include a 13 year old boy who was killed by lions at Tosca, two people who were killed on two different farms at
Zeerust, anther fatal lion attack at a farm near Swartruggens and a fifth occurred near Potchefstroom.

May 26, 2008 South Bend, IN:  A Potawatomi Zoo worker was attacked by a leopard as she cleaned the cat's holding area, leaving her with head wounds.  Zoo visitors watched Saturday as veteran zoo keeper Jeri Ellis was wheeled away on a stretcher, her head wrapped in bandages and towels spotted in blood.

May 24, 2008 Detroit Zoo, MI:  Royal Oak - An animal handler at the Detroit Zoo has received stitches after being scratched and bitten by a lioness named Katie.  The Detroit Free Press reports the attack happened shortly after Saturday's 5 p.m. public closing time.  Zoo spokeswoman Patricia Mills Janeway says Brett Kipley, who in his 20s, received stitches at a hospital.  The newspaper says Kipley used pepper spray to fend off the animal during the attack.

May 21, 2008 Neosho, MO:  A 61 year old woman was chased into her house by a black leopard.  An officer on the scene said he shot the cat with a shot gun two or three times as it approched him and then fired several rounds from a .45 caliber Glock into the cat's chest before stopping him.  The cat was pawing at the door to get into the house when the police arrived.  The leopard was a declawed pet that had escaped or had been dumped.

May 14, 2008 Russia:  A drunken Russian zookeeper, who was mauled by a lion after climbing into its pen May 1 at a zoo in the Russian Black Sea port of Novorossiisk, died in hospital Tuesday, investigators said. The man, who had been suspended from work for being drunk, entered the animal's enclosure while the lion slept and was attacked by the big cat as he tried to tap it on the nose.

May 11, 2008 Toledo, OH:  The Toledo Zoo said that a zookeeper suffered three lacerations to the chest while caring for the tigers. The tiger's paw made it through a double mesh barrier at an odd angle, enabling the tiger to come into contact with the keeper.

May 10, 2008 Carrollton, IL:  Authorities have seized an African Serval named Max from Tammy Ruehl who was keeping it as a pet without a permit.  Ruehl says she received a $75 fine. Carrollton Police Chief Mike Kiger says the state had the right to confiscate the animal.

May 9, 2007 Loxahatchee, FL:  According to PR-inside.com  and Palm Beach Post: "Mark McCarthy who took his tiger onto the set of rapper Rick Ross' new video, was savagely attacked by the white tiger.  The big cat, which featured in the background of one of Ross' scenes with Nellie was being used as a prop to look like the rapper's pet.  The tiger turned on the unnamed trainer when he tried to coax the fierce creature out of its cage during filming. Reportedly agitated from being in chains all day, the tiger bit the trainer's leg as he tried to remove it from its cage. The tiger's keeper suffered severe bite wounds to his right leg and was rushed to hospital after the attack.  Now laid up, McCarthy had to cancel some of his other gigs. "Won't be the first time I've been bit, won't be the last. I've been bit by everything from venomous snakes to tigers and leopards and monkeys and who knows what else," said the 52-year-old owner of McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary.  He said the $5,000 bonus he got for the video will barely make up for the shows he missed. "

May 9, 2008 Muskegon, MI: Both a serval and a bear are believed to have escaped April 28 or 29. Numerous residents in Fruitport Township reported seeing the bear early this week before it was recovered.  The serval, a declawed cat with no way to protect himself or hunt, is still missing.  He escaped through a window in the room where he was kept. DNR spokeswoman Mary Dettloff said the agency probably will seek a misdemeanor charge against the owners for failure to report the missing bear, as required by the SPCA's permit.

May 1, 2008 Quebec:  The 70-kilogram king of the jungle, who goes by the name of Boomer, has been on the lam since he escaped last night from a house where he was kept as a man's personal pet. The lion, which is about four feet high, was last spotted beside Highway 105, near Maniwaki, about an hour north of Ottawa.

April 18, 2008 Los Angeles, CA: Five Circus Vazquez tigers have been evicted by Los Angeles animal welfare officials because the big-cats earlier attacked and killed another tiger in their small cage. Department general manager Ed Boks says the tigers killed one of their own in Huntington Park on March 31 and the U.S. Department ofAgriculture cited Circus Vazquez for having too many tigers in close proximity to each other. Los Angeles officials went to the San Fernando Valley where the circus was performing across from the Panorama City Mall and the tigers were close together in the same cage. Boks says it was believed to be a public danger.

April 18, 2008 San Francisco, CA: Nicki Phung, 31 and Steven Tieu, 38, admitted in federal court to trying to illegally import a real, stuffed tiger into the United States. The two were caught in December when a U.S. Customs official at San Francisco International Airport inspected a box labeled "toy tiger" mailed from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and bound for the couple's home in Hercules, CA.

March 29, 2008 Wellington, FL:  Judy Berens, owner of Panther Ridge Sanctuary, was showing off her two male cheetahs, Matt and Charlie, that she says she paid $40,000.00 for in Africa, when they knocked her down and punctured her arms and back more than 40 times before volunteers were able to rescue her.  Berens says she has to pay another $10,000. to the Cheetah Conservation Botswana and Cheetah Outreach as part of her deal with the US Fish & Wildlife Service who are not supposed to allow the import of endangered species unless doing so somehow enhances their species chances at survival.  Many of these Cheetah conservation centers are merely breeding facilities that supply cats to zoos and private collectors.  (The cats are not set free.)  Berens has more than twenty exotic cats in her 5 acre back yard and said, she fashioned herself after Katharine Hepburn's leopard-owning character in Bringing up Baby. "I figured if she can have a leopard, why can't I..?." Judy Berens' comment is exactly why displaying big cats as tractable is harmful to people and the cats. If show biz had not portrayed Hepburn as a master of the leopard, Berens might not have shelled out 7500.00 for her Jaguars nor the 50,000 for her pet Cheetahs. As long as people, like Berens continue to exhibit exotic cats as if they were tame, others will say, "...why can't I?"

March 28, 2008 Davenport, FL:  Darryl Atkinson of Horseshoe Creek says the animals have to go now that he won't be able to exhibit them for money.  He has more than 30 big cats in cages that have been cited more than 40 times for being too small and too flimsy.  When Big Cat Rescue called to see if they could help they were told that Atkinson was going to work with Bhagavan Antle (T.I.G.E.R.S. in SC and FL) and that his cats were going with him.  There isn't much the state or federal government can do to stop him if another dealer is willing to let him continue to operate under their license. 

March 20, 2008 Ontario, Canada Bowmanville Zoo: A martial arts teacher knocked over by a lion during a photo shoot for Desi Life at Bowmanville Zoo says she is happy to have come away with four broken ribs and a bloodied lung.  "To be honest, the sensation I have is a great deal of gratitude to be alive," Gitanjali Kolanad said yesterday.  In the video, one minder kicks the baby lion in the neck while the other pulls on a leash. The lion takes a second, unsuccessful lunge at Kolanad as she lies gasping, before he is hauled out the door. "I couldn't breathe – that was the terrifying part. The muscles in my chest seized up and they didn't relax until I was in the emergency room and they gave me a muscle relaxant."  See it here: http://www.thestar.com/DesiLife/article/347684

February 23, 2008 Miami, FL:  A pet serval was turned in, no questions asked, at an exotic pet amnesty day sponsored by the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission.  100 owners dropped off bags full of pythons, scorpions and assorted other reptiles, birds and mammals.  "This is garden-variety stuff," said exotic pet veterinarian Thomas Goldsmith, who examined the submissions. "This is Miami. People have sloths and leopards and God knows what else."  The FWC then gave the dumped pets to new owners.  One of the people surrendering her pets, Christie Lyon said, "People have no idea what they're getting into."

February 21, 2008 Honolulu, HI:  A 245-pound Sumatra tiger named Berani was discovered wandering around an unsecured area just before the Honolulu Zoo's opening on Thursday. A startled female volunteer reported the escape after the tiger brushed past her. Zoo workers describe 8-year-old Berani as the tamest of three tigers at the zoo. Quintal says staff members who cleaned the tiger enclosure failed to properly latch a gate.

February 21, 2008 Johnstown, OH:  Ben Uditis was driving when he noticed a fire at 3159 S. County Line
Rd. Editis woke Rick Armstrong and helped him get his animals out of his garage, including a caged tiger.  Firefighters arriving on the scene had to work around the big cat to put out the blaze. ( Since no one was harmed, this is not included in the totals above as an incident although the first responders would certainly call it one. )

February 13, 2008 Bracebridge, Ontario: Provincial police were forced to shoot and kill a six year old jaguar named Bhino after he broke through a chain link cage at Guhu Exotic Animal Reserve. When officers arrived, they found the jaguar with the family's pet dog in his mouth. The dog was on a chain and therefore couldn't escape the jaguar and had to be put down because of severe injuries.

February 9, 2008 Davenport, FL: Brenda Chapman was clawed by a tiger named Kheira while cleaning out its cage, at Horseshoe Creek said Gary Morse of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.The incident comes on the heels of Darryl Atkinson's Feb. 1 arrest on charges of grand theft and signing a forged instrument. The commission said it found Atkinson accepting money from people on court-ordered probation in exchange for signing off on community service work they did not do. "That's just not what I need with all this other stuff," owner Darryl Atkinson said.

January 24, 2008 Seattle, WA:  Two declawed, yearling servals were found wandering around West Seattle. Animal Control picked up one on Jan. 1 as it was going after some cat food left on a doorstep. Officers picked up the second one on the grounds of Madison Middle School.  Officer Don Baxter suspects they both belonged to the same owner, who has not claimed them.

January 18, 2008 Mayes County, OK:  The fire at Safari Joe's Exotic Wildlife Refuge destroyed a large barn that housed big cats, monkeys, birds and reptiles. Joe Estes, who owns the refuge, says he was able to save some tigers and lions but at least two tigers housed on the property died in the flames along with about 100 other exotic animals.

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