Posts Tagged ‘Cougars’

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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Species loss ‘bad for our health’

April 27, 2008

A new generation of medical treatments could be lost forever unless the current rate of biodiversity loss is reversed, conservationists have warned.

They say species are being lost before researchers have had the chance to examine and understand their potential health benefits.

The findings appear in Sustaining Life, a book involving more than 100 experts.

It is being published ahead of a global summit in May that will look at ways to stem biodiversity loss by 2010.

“While extinction is alarming in its own right, the book demonstrates that many species can help human lives,” said co-author Jeffrey McNeely, chief scientist at IUCN (formerly known as the World Conservation Union).

“If we needed more justification for action to conserve species, it offers dozens of dramatic examples of both why and how citizens can act in ways that will conserve, rather than destroy, the species that enrich our lives.”

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Cougar Shot and Killed in Chicago

April 15, 2008

The animal was shot about 5:30 p.m. in the alley behind the 3400 block of North Hamilton Avenue, according to a Belmont District officer.

The officer confirmed an officer fatally shot the large cat.

“It’s [cougar] dead,” the officer said.

NBC5’s Alex Perez reported that the police cornered the animal against a fence, and then the animal tried to attack them. Police said the cougar was 5 feet tall and weighed approximately 150 pounds.

“It doesn’t look like it’s a very thin cat,” said Mark Rosenthal of Cook County Animal Care and Control. “It looks like it’s got good flesh on it — it was eating well.”

One resident, Jim Reynolds, helped police locate the animal, Perez reported.

“I was amazed,” Reynolds said. “I was like, ‘Is this happening?'”

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Mule slaughters cougar, hunting party looks on? Maybe?

April 11, 2008

I first read this story in an email from my dad, who received it from a high school classmate, who received it from someone else, etc. This mule v. cougar story is one of the craziest I’ve heard in a while, so I decided that it deserved some investigation.

After researching on the web, we found out that the first version is slightly inaccurate, and dug up what is supposed to be the true details about mule and cougar battle. You’ll find both versions below.

In the first story, the cougar is portrayed as the “bad guy,” stalking a hunting party. From my understanding of the original story, “that [is] not the case.” According to the first-person account, the mule is highly aggressive toward cougars, and when the hunting party found the cougar, the mule attacked it of its own accord.

Edit: Wait, maybe I read it wrong.  Maybe the cougar was already shot, then mauled by the sadistic mule?  I’m not sure.  The author of the “official account” isn’t very clear.

-Kitty Mowmow

Version 1:

These pics came from a guy in AZ. Yes, the mule killed the mountain lion.

The lion had been stalking them for the better part of the morning, on the way out to a hunt. They were pretty sure it was after one of the dogs.

The cat ambushed them, and the mule pictured tossed its rider and went into attack (defense) mode, the horses scattered and shots were fired but no one was sure if they hit the cat or not. Unfortunately, it wasn’t until it was almost over that one of the guys started snapping pics.

The mule finally stomped the cougar to death after biting and throwing it around like a rag doll. The dogs wouldn’t even come close until the mule settled down.

The cat was still alive here and trying to fight back.

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Oral contraceptives for animals = no more coyotes pestering ranchers?

March 11, 2008

A birth control pill for animals being developed at Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences may offer help to land owners who want to humanely reduce the numbers of animals such as coyotes, wild pigs or cougars on their ranches.

Researchers are testing oral contraceptives, used in much the same way as in humans, and the results are promising, says Duane Kraemer, a professor in veterinary physiology and pharmacology and a world leader in embryo transfer who has been involved in cloning four different species in recent years.

Kraemer, one of the pill’s creators, and other members of the research team are testing the contraceptive for use on wild animals, but the applications also could be used in pets, he believes.

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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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