Posts Tagged ‘Alligators’

Pets shouldn’t roam where coyotes do

May 19, 2008

Our 5-year-old cat, Sully, had survived two years in the near-wilds of Montana, where mountain lions also roam, but he couldn’t make it six months in the northwest Denver suburbs. This fat feline disappeared one night in early December, and we knew he was a goner.

Two weeks after his disappearance, we learned that a neighbor had seen three coyotes supping on our Sully one snowy evening. So fat that people always asked if he was pregnant, Sully didn’t have a chance against three lean, ravenous coyotes.

Sadly, family pets frequently disappear from back yards. It’s not just coyotes stalking them: Foxes, mountain lions, wolves, bears, hawks and alligators also make a dent in the pet population. But few predators are as ubiquitous as the coyote. And hawks and foxes can’t carry off a 30-pound dog.

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Are Exotic Pets A Dangerous Problem In The Miami Valley?

May 3, 2008

A giant alligator sits motionless by a pool of calm water, a cougar licks his paws under the sun of a warm April day, and two grown tigers pace inside a fenced-in enclosure.

All four animals share a common history.They were all owned as pets by different Miami Valley residents and have been rescued by Preble County’s Heaven’s Corner Zoo.Throughout the years, workers at Heaven’s Corner, in West Alexandria, have taken in exotic pets that have either become too big or have gotten loose from their residential owners.

“If you have the experience and the compound to take care of an animal like that, I see no problem with it,” said zoo volunteer Scott Trochelman. “But to have one in an apartment in Dayton? No. These animals are killers in the wild and in captivity.

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Burton, Michigan eyes ban on exotic animals

April 27, 2008

Alligators, venomous snakes and poisonous spiders aren’t welcome in the city, according to The Burton News’ Web site,

That’s the word from the city’s legislative committee, which held a special session Wednesday after receiving reports of an alligator in a DeCamp Street house. Committee members recommended adopting a proposed ordinance to ban keeping exotic or dangerous household pets.

If approved, the measure would require the city to give the owner of a banned animal 10 days to remove it from the home. The owner also could be required to show proof of where the animal was taken.

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Operator, there’s an alligator in my kitchen

April 22, 2008

A woman who was confronted by a huge alligator that had wandered into her kitchen had trouble convincing emergency services it wasn’t an iguana.

US woman Sandra Frosti called 911 after finding the 2.4m alligator in the kitchen of her Florida home after investigating the source of some strange noises, Bay News 9 reported.

“I heard a noise from the kitchen and it was much too loud to be my cat, so I went to check it out,” Ms Frosti said.

“Much to my surprise a very large alligator was in my kitchen.”

A recording of Ms Frosti’s phone call to US emergency services number 911 has since become an internet hit.

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Drive-thru animal safari!

March 24, 2008

An elk, an emu and an alligator — no, this isn’t the start to some lame joke — those are just three of the animals you might spy at Cherokee Trace Drive-thru animal safari.

The park features a 300-acre preserve of 400 animals — 25 different species — of free-range animals that hail from far-off places including Africa, India, China, the Scottish Highlands, British Columbia, the Mediterranean islands, the Middle East and even some from the U.S.

“We try to get the most exotic animals we can,” park Operations Manager Staci Doty said. “We like to see the faces of the kids when they see a Canadian Wood Bison or a zebra up close and personal.”

Because the animals are free to roam the safari park, preserve officials don’t allow predators in.

“We don’t want to pen anything in, so you won’t see lions or tigers or anything like that,” Doty said.

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Don’t Ban Exotic Pets

February 25, 2008

More than a thousand Lewis County residents got up close and personal with an 11-foot King Cobra, a trio of young cougars and a variety of other exotic animals Saturday at the Phoenix Exotic Wildlife Association’s annual meeting.

The event… featured numerous speakers who ranged in expertise from veterinarians and animal owners to state legislators and an animal communicator.[…]

The Phoenix Exotic Wildlife Association is a Chehalis community service organization that works to protect and maintain the rights of private animal ownership through responsible behavior. The event, which was free to attend, is held annually by the association […].

Animal experts answered questions and displayed birds, mammals and reptiles at booths throughout the day, which culminated with an hour-long show by Anacortes-based organization Predators of the Heart. Director of that organization, Dave Coleburn, introduced the audience to venomous snakes, an alligator, a gray wolf, and three young cougars, among other animals. […]

Coleburn asked the crowd to howl in unison after he brought out Tahoe, a gray wolf, who then reciprocated by howling back. Children were given the opportunity to sit on the back of an alligator, hold a boa constrictor and stand on stage with the cougars.

Coleburn told the volunteers on stage that “you might be the last people in Washington” that have the opportunity to have hands-on experience with a cougar legally. He was referring to House Bill 1418, a measure passed by the state Legislature last year that restricts the ability of people to own big cats, wolves, venomous snakes and a number of other potentially dangerous animals.

The bill was “grandfathered” to allow those who already own the animals to keep them, but they cannot be transferred or purchased and no new animals will be allowed.

“Whenever you remove the private sector, then the animals have no place to go,” Coleburn said, adding that it is too expensive for most citizens to afford AZA certification that is now required. “Unless the private sector can jump in and raise them and take care of them, they are doomed for extinction in some cases.”[…]

“Those guys are for rights in general,” said Hall, who up until last year owned an adult cougar named Jake. “Not just for animals.”

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