Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Correction to Cougar in OH

Dear P,

Unfortunately, OH does not regulate the private possession of big cats as pets and a lot of people just turn them loose when they can't handle them any more.  Several big cats have been shot who were later discovered to be declawed and defanged.  More often than not though, the state will claim the cat was wild and migrated there, rather than deal with their negligence in passing laws to ban the private possession of these predators.

Catching a cougar is almost impossible.  It takes tranquilizers 20 minutes to take effect and the cat is long gone by the time he passes out.  I don't have a reliable organization in the area to call on, but will broadcast your message to our supporters in the hopes that they can call on those they may know who could help.

The most important thing you can do is get better laws passed in OH so this doesn't happen anymore.  We make it easy here:

http://capwiz.com/bigcatrescue/issues/alert/?alertid=11435126



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Subject: URGENT COUGAR IN DANGER

 

Hi,

 I didnt know who else to write, tried animal planet but no contact info. Anyway, I live in Ohio, I read this morning there was a Cougar spotted in Lima, it was confirmed by tracks. I know this cat will end up getting shot, this is not a area that they live in usually. Please tell me who I can contact to maybe trap and relocate this animal before it happens.

P Weaver

937-687-5002

 You can see the story


Residents say they've seen big cat prowling near Lima

LIMA, Ohio — Sightings of a big cat in northwest Ohio have some families on edge.

Authorities south of Lima haven't confirmed any of the reports that began to circulate a few weeks ago.

Some people say they think it was a panther.

Ohio Department of Natural Resources trapper Craig Shafer says he's pretty sure there's a large cat out there based on the footprints he's seen.

Gary Guagenti says he spotted the big cat trotting across a field near his home in Shawnee Township. He says he's keeping his kids inside to be safe.

The latest sighting came into police Friday morning when someone said they saw a big cat chasing a deer.

Police looked but didn't find anything.

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Information from: The Lima News, http://www.limanews.com

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June 6, 2008 - 11:37 a.m.



Cougar in OH

Dear P,

Unfortunately, OH does not regulate the private possession of big cats as pets and a lot of people just turn them loose when they can't handle them any more.  Several big cats have been shot who were later discovered to be declawed and defanged.  More often than not though, the state will claim the cat was wild and migrated there, rather than deal with their negligence in passing laws to ban the private possession of these predators.

Catching a cougar is almost impossible.  It takes tranquilizers 20 minutes to take effect and the cat is long gone by the time he passes out.  I don't have a reliable organization in the area to call on, but will broadcast your message to our supporters in the hopes that they can call on those they may know who could help.

The most important thing you can do is get better laws passed in OH so the

--
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 MakeADifference@BigCatRescue.org

Sign our petition to protect tigers from being farmed here:

http://capwiz.com/bigcatrescue/issues/alert/?alertid=9952801&type=CU

This message contains information from Big Cat Rescue that may be
confidential or privileged. The information contained herein is intended
only for the eyes of the individual or entity named above. You are hereby
notified that any dissemination, distribution, disclosure, and/or copying of
the information contained in this communication is strictly prohibited. The
recipient should check this e-mail and any attachments for the presence of
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by any virus transmitted by this e-mail.


Subject: URGENT COUGAR IN DANGER

 

Hi,

 I didnt know who else to write, tried animal planet but no contact info. Anyway, I live in Ohio, I read this morning there was a Cougar spotted in Lima, it was confirmed by tracks. I know this cat will end up getting shot, this is not a area that they live in usually. Please tell me who I can contact to maybe trap and relocate this animal before it happens.

P Weaver

937-687-5002

 You can see the story


Residents say they've seen big cat prowling near Lima

Sightings of a big cat in northwest Ohio have some families on edge.

Authorities south of Lima haven't confirmed any of the reports that began to circulate a few weeks ago.

Some people say they think it was a panther.

Ohio Department of Natural Resources trapper Craig Shafer says he's pretty sure there's a large cat out there based on the footprints he's seen.

Gary Guagenti says he spotted the big cat trotting across a field near his home in Shawnee Township. He says he's keeping his kids inside to be safe.

The latest sighting came into police Friday morning when someone said they saw a big cat chasing a deer.

Police looked but didn't find anything.

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Information from: The Lima News, http://www.limanews.com

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June 6, 2008 - 11:37 a.m.


Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Tiger mauls to death zookeeper in Japan: official

Tiger mauls to death zookeeper in Japan: official

Sat Jun 7, 5:01 AM ET


TOKYO (AFP) - A Siberian tiger mauled to death a zookeeper on Saturday in western Japan who had been trying to encourage the animal to mate, a zoo official said.

A horrified visitor to the Kyoto City Zoo reported to management that the 150-kilogramme (330-pound) tiger had pounced on zookeeper Atsushi Ito, an official said.

Zoo authorities shot the tiger with a tranquiliser gun and rushed Ito to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead from serious injuries to his head, face, neck and hands.

Ito, 40, had been trying to couple the tiger with a three-year-old female tiger.

The zoo, the second oldest in Japan, was shut down on Saturday. It has launched an investigation into the incident.

In 2005, a white bear attacked and seriously injured another keeper at the zoo.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080607/wl_asia_afp/japanaccidentanimal_08060709...
 


One killed in tiger attack in Sundarbans

One killed in tiger attack in Sundarbans

Kolkata, June 2 (IANS) One villager was killed and another injured when they were attacked by a tiger in Ajmalmari forest area of the Sundarbans in West Bengal, forest department officials said here Monday.

"A group of four fishermen from Deulbari village entered the forest area of the Sundarbans Sunday evening where they were attacked by a tiger. The tiger dragged one person, Tapan Mukherjee, inside the forest and left his father Pashupati Mukherjee, severely injured on the spot," South 24-Parganas Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Subhendu Banerjee told IANS.

"Pashupati was later shifted to the SSKM hospital in Kolkata for treatment. When we went to Deulbari village and asked two other members of the fishing team to visit the spot with the forest department team, they refused to accompany us," Banerjee said, adding that the villagers were in a state of shock and in no condition to visit the area again.

"None of them had taken permission from the forest department to enter into the core forest belt. We would file a case against them for entering the forest area without proper papers," he said.

The Sundarbans, a vast 10,000 sq km tract of forest and saltwater swamp, is formed at the lower part of the Ganga delta extending about 260 km along the Bay of Bengal from the Hooghly river estuary in India to the Meghna river estuary in Bangladesh.

The Sundarbans, a world heritage site declared by Unesco, is home to more than 250 tigers.

http://howrah.org/West-Bengal/15505.html
 


Tiger takes man from boat by the neck

Tiger takes man from boat by the neck
OUR CORRESPONDENT

Kultali, June 2: A tiger dragged away a young man from a boat and ferociously clawed his father when he rushed to his rescue on the edge of the Matla in the Sunderbans.

Tapan Mukherjee, 24, and his father Pashupati, 45, were catching crabs along the Denipheli forest, 125km from Calcutta, yesterday afternoon when the Bengal tiger closed in on them.

Honey-collectors by profession, four of them had split into two groups. The Mukherjees occupied one boat as they sailed along the forest, looking for crabs left behind by the high tide.

Dibakar Chakraborty, who saw the attack, said: "We were only yards away. Tapan was closer to the shore as he was doing the catching."

The tiger leapt from behind a shrub and took Tapan by the neck. "In seconds, it vanished into the forest with him, leaving his profusely bleeding father behind," Dibakar added. Tapan is missing.

Pashupati was brought to SSKM Hospital in Calcutta last night.

Pashupati has suffered a serious skull fracture and a bone fragment has pierced his brain, causing a blood clot. His scalp was torn at many places and surgeons had to sew the pieces together.

"He underwent an operation at 4am and the clot and the bone fragment have been removed," said Anirban Ghoshal, the assistant superintendent of the hospital.

Doctors said his condition was still "very critical".

In March, a woman looking for shrimps in a Kultali canal was dragged some 15 yards into the forest until villagers scared the tiger away with sticks. In February, a pregnant tigress strayed into a village and attacked people when they tried to cage it.

Minister Kanti Ganguly, who went to the Mukherjees' house today, said: "We'll pay for his treatment."

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1080603/jsp/bengal/story_9357776.jsp