Thursday, August 21, 2008

2 escape leopards caught south of Reno

2 escape leopards caught south of Reno

Associated Press - August 20, 2008 10:04 AM ET

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Washoe Valley residents are resting a little easier today
after animal control officers captured a pair of black leopards on the loose
south of Reno.

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 a leopard on the roof. As they
were preparing a tranquilizer gun, they found a second cat there. Both were
put to sleep and transported to animal services.

State Wildlife Department spokesman Edwin Lyngar says the cats are exotic
pets that apparently escaped from the home of their owner. The owner's name has
not been released, but has come forward to claim the animals.

They're being held until the owner builds an improved enclosure and secures
all the necessary permits.

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

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