Monday, December 29, 2008

Tiger sleeps after lethal lunge

Tiger sleeps after lethal lunge

Issue Date: Monday , December 29 , 2008

Kultali/Calcutta, Dec. 28: A tranquilliser bullet in its body, a Sunderbans tiger pounced seven feet to land on a forest officer who had shot at it and the two plunged into a pond.

Swatting away Krishnapada Mondal, the 150kg animal hurried out of the water, darted into an adjacent hut and passed out.

The big cat had strayed into Kantamari village at Sankijahan, about 210km from Calcutta, early this morning.

Mondal, 58, a veteran of the Sunderbans, was thanking his survival instincts while recounting his two-minute tryst with the tiger. “I was trying to protect my neck and shoulder and move away from the animal all the while,” he said from his bed at SSKM Hospital.

He has been to “20 such assignments” before. “But never have I came so close to a tiger,” said the deputy ranger.

Clawed and slapped by the wounded giant, Mondal followed it to the residence of Sridhar Betal, where the tiger pa- ssed out because of the sedative. A team of 18 forest officials carried the animal away around 12.30pm.

Mondal got a call after the tiger injured Usharani Sardar, 12, who was on her way to a field with her sister-in-law to cut hay.

“The tiger was hiding behind a bush and it pounced on me and caught my thighs. I cried for help, but it held onto my thighs and clawed my hands,” she said at SSKM.

Her cousin Sudip, 25, dragged her out as the tiger loosened its jaws.

After sending Usha to the health centre, the villagers found the animal behind a banana grove. They surrounded the area with sticks and laid nylon nets so it could not es- cape. That is where the tiger stayed put until Mondal and his men arrived.

Hospital sources said both Mondal and Sardar had multiple injuries but their condition was stable.

Divisional forest officer Shubhendu Banerjee said the animal had apparently entered the village, after crossing a tributary of the Matla, in search of food. The tiger might be released after vets observe it for a day.

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Statue of SF tiger dedicated on one-year anniversary of Attack

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS/BCN) -- A statue of the tiger who escaped her cage from the San Francisco Zoo and killed a San Jose teenager was dedicated Thursday on the one-year anniversary of her escape.

On the Greenwich Steps of San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill, a small group of people gathered to view the statue of Tatiana the tiger that stands gazing out over the trees and into the San Francisco Bay.

Jon Engdahl, an artists and sculptor from San Francisco, is an animal lover. He says that he made the statue to honor the memory of her life.

“My aim is to strictly remember Tatiana and remember a life cut short of this magnificent animal… the most beautiful of the animal kingdom,” said Engdahl.

ListenKCBS' Tim Ryan reports

Earlier this week, the family of the San Jose teen that was fatally mauled Tatiana filed a civil lawsuit against the zoo.

Marilza and Carlos Sousa filed a wrongful death suit in state court today, claiming the tiger enclosure was lower than the recommended national standard. They also claimed in the suit that officials ignored warnings by zoo employees who believed the wall was not tall enough.

Their son, 17-year-old Carlos Sousa Jr., was killed last Christmas when a Siberian tiger escaped its enclosure. The tiger also attacked two brothers, Kulbir and Amritpal Dhaliwal, who survived. They filed a similar lawsuit last month.

The zoo was closed this year on Christmas Day in remembrance of the tragedy.

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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Tiger kills another woman in Vidarbha

Tiger kills another woman in Vidarbha

Vivek Deshpande
Posted: Dec 24, 2008 at 0018 hrs IST

With the state Assembly already seeing a heated debate on man-animal conflicts in Vidarbha, a tiger death was on Tuesday reported from Chandrapur, taking the toll to four in 25 days.

A 35-year-old woman who had gone inside the forest, about 5 km from Chandrapur city, to collect firewood was attacked by a tiger and killed. There were seven-eight more women with her at the time.

This is the same area where a leopard family had created terror, killing three persons and injuring five, a few months ago. A tiger family has been known to be roaming the area for some time, but an attack hasn’t been reported before. With the area chosen for mining of coal for an Adani group project, the Forest Department is worried that the decreasing forest cover might worsen the man-animal conflict.

Twenty-two people have died in animal attacks this year, almost double the toll for the last two years. In the past 25 days alone, there have been four incidents apart from the one reported on Tuesday. While a woman was killed in a tiger attack near Chandrapur on November 29, two women were killed by leopards in Mul tahsil on December 14 and 18. A desperate Forest Department has even started booking people who venture deep inside the forest despite warnings of possible tiger or leopard attacks in North Chandrapur division.


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Two injured in tiger attack

Two injured in tiger attack

December 26,2008 Source: PTI

Aurangabad, Dec 26 (PTI) Two villagers were seriously injured after they were attacked by a tiger at Talegaon in Bhokardan tehsil in Jalna today, police said.

According to the police, a villager identified as Irfan Sando Khan Pathan, 26, was attacked by the big cat while he was at the weekly market in village outskirts.

Pathan, however, managed to escape and the tiger too fled the spot.

Later, the tiger strayed into nearby fields and attacked another villager Gangadhar Ratan.

Both the villagers have sustained serious injuries in the attack and they were admitted in rural health centre, from where they were shifted to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) Aurangabad. There condition is reported to be stable.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Family of boy mauled by S.F. tiger files suit

NBCBayArea.com
updated 21 minutes ago

The parents of a 17-year-old killed in a tiger attack at the San Francisco Zoo last Christmas sued the city and the zoo Tuesday.

Marilza and Carlos Sousa filed a wrongful death suit Tuesday in San Francisco Superior Court almost a year after Carlos Sousa Jr. was killed when a Siberian tiger escaped its enclosure.

The suit claims the enclosure's wall was lower than the recommended national standard and alleges zoo officials ignored employees' warnings that the wall was not tall enough. The family is seeking unspecified damages.

Their lawyer, Michael Cardoza, said the family hopes they can reach a settlement with the zoo. "It will never bring total closure to this, but it will begin their healing process because they won't have to relive this again through a lawsuit," he said.

The 243-pound tiger, Tatiana, also injured the San Jose teenager's two friends, Kulbir and Paul Dhaliwal, before police shot the animal dead.

Matt Dorsey, a spokesman for City Attorney Dennis Herrera, said Tuesday the city's agreements with the nonprofit San Francisco Zoological Society mean the zoo must decide whether to settle.

"We do hope that all of the parties involved in the case can reach a just resolution," Dorsey said. "We also recognize what a difficult tragedy this has been for the Sousa family and our hearts go out to them."

Lora LaMarca, a zoo spokeswoman, said Tuesday the zoo had not seen yet the suit and declined to comment on pending litigation.

The Dhaliwals filed a federal lawsuit last month against the police department, the zoo and a public relations firm hired by the zoo in the days after the attack. The brothers claim the zoo started a smear campaign against them.

San Francisco police spent more than a month investigating the maulings while weighing whether to seek criminal charges against the Dhaliwals. In January, the lead investigator said the tiger "may have been taunted/agitated by its eventual victims," but the department suspended its investigation without recommending any charges.

The zoo will be closed this year on Christmas Day in remembrance of the tragedy.

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Cervical spine injury: Tiger attack

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Cervical Spine Injury: Tiger Attack

By Meredith Anderson, MD; Philip Utter, MD; Jan Szatkowski, MD; Todd Patrick, MD; William Duncan, MD; Norman Turner, MD; Mark Dekutoski, MD
ORTHOPEDICS 2008; 31:1

December 2008

Severe soft tissue damage related to open cervical spine fractures caused by animal attacks can impair the vascularization of bone and surrounding tissues. In addition to the primary stabilization, open wound treatment with local or free muscle flaps becomes an essential part of therapy as well as the use of autogenous cancellous bone. Furthermore, animal bites from large animals are associated with and are prone to infection in 10% to 20% of cases.1 Most infections are polymicrobial, with Pasteurella multicida being the most common isolate.2,3 Other aerobic bacteria include Staphyloccocus and Streptococcus viridans.4 Animal bites also mandate consideration of tetanus and rabies prophylaxis. The decision to administer postexposure rabies prophylaxis is dependent on the type of animal that is involved, whether the exposure was provoked, the local epidemiology of rabies, and the availability of the animal for observation or testing.

Assessment of patients with cervical spine injury from animal attacks requires knowledge of possible associated injuries. Evaluation of these patients involves assessment of plain radiographs and computed tomography (CT) for evaluation of the cervical spine for bony injury. Furthermore, computed angiography is advantageous to noninvasively evaluate carotid or vertebral artery injury at the same setting in patients with deep cervical puncture wounds.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is logistically difficult in trauma but provides the best assessment of soft tissue abnormalities such as the disk, ligament, and spinal cord to compliment the bony pathology provided by CT. Magnetic response angiography also provides an excellent assessment of dissection and mural hematomas. Many safety consideration arise when attempting to use MRI in trauma due to the extensive monitoring and intensive support required in these situations.5

Surgical treatment of unstable cervical spine fractures with lateral mass screw and rod fixation has been reported in the literature to have superior biomechanical properties compared to anterior and posterior instrumentation and fusion.3,6 In recent clinical studies, the use of lateral mass screws for traumatic injury of the cervical spine has been associated with excellent maintenance of alignment and minimal complications.7

Although reports of tiger attacks in the United States are rare, this article presents a case of a young woman who was violently attacked by a Siberian tiger and sustained penetrating trauma to the neck, cervical spine, and bilateral lower extremities. It also presents both diagnostic and therapeutic management of patients who may present with similar injuries.

Case Report
A 36-year-old woman presented following an attack by 2 large tigers while cleaning their cage at an exotic animal farm. The initial attack began after the tiger grabbed the woman’s legs between its jaws. A second tiger, in an attempt to rescue the attendant, grabbed the woman by the neck and carried her to the edge of the cage and left her body at the front gate.

Figure 1: Anterior neck (A), posterior neck (B), and left leg (C) wounds demonstrating significant soft tissue defect of the lateral compartment.

The patient’s neck was immobilized in a rigid cervical collar on presentation. Primary survey was conducted. She remained conscious and was able to answer question appropriately with a clear airway. On examination, she reported tenderness to cervical spine palpation. She remained immobilized in a rigid cervical collar. Three transverse lacerations located on the left anterior neck, posterior neck, and thorax were present with active bleeding (Figures 1A, B). Extensive bone and soft tissue loss was present on both lower extremities (Figure 1C). Concern of the patient’s airway led to bronchoscopic intubation.

On neurological examination, the patient had no evidence of spinal cord injury. Strength and sensation in the upper extremities were normal. The left lower extremity had decreased sensation in the superficial peroneal nerve distribution. The patient had mild ptosis of the right eye, presumably from interruption of the cervical sympathetic chain. Due to soft tissue injury, she had weakness with dorsiflexion and foot eversion in both lower extremities. The lower extremities had a palpable pulse in the posterior tibial and dorsalis pedis arteries.


Figure 2: Lateral c-spine radiograph: single portable lateral view of the upper 6 cervical vertebrae shows considerable prevertebral soft tissue swelling. There is bony deformity at the C2 and C3 levels, particularly in the posterior elements and within the body of C3 (A). Cervical spine axial CT scan: comminuted fracture of the C3 vertebral body which extends into the left posterior elements. A major fragment of the left C3 posterior elements is displaced posteriorly such that the left C2/C3 facet is locked, but the alignment of the cervical spine is essentially normal. The spinal canal is widely patent with air within the extradural portion of the spinal canal (B). Cervical spine coronal CT scan: comminuted fracture of the C2 and C3 vertebral body (C). Axial CT angiography: occlusion of the left vertebral artery (arrow; D). No evidence of extravasation.

Cross-table lateral cervical radiographs revealed a comminuted fracture of the body of C2 and C3 (Figure 2A). Computed axial tomography of the chest, cervical spine, abdomen, and pelvis revealed comminuted fractures of the body of C2/C3 with no compromise to the spinal canal (Figures 2B, 2C). Computed tomography angiography revealed a 4-cm occlusion of the left vertebral artery without evidence of active extravasation (Figure 2D). No flow was visualized within the left jugular vein below the skull base secondary to thrombosis.

The patient underwent immediate exploration of the anterior neck wound, and the lower extremity wounds were thoroughly irrigated and debrided. Cultures of soft tissue specimens grew only coagulase negative Staphylococcus from the anterior neck wound. Orthopedic infectious disease consultation recommended broad spectrum antibiotic coverage.

After review of the radiographs, consideration of the wound colonization, and discussion with infectious disease service, the decision was made by the orthopedic spine service to stabilize the patient’s cervical spine. A posterior instrumented fusion from C2 to C4 with 5 lateral mass screws was used (Figure 3A). Only decortication and local bone graft was used due to the contamination of the woundIntraoperatively, a cerebrospinal fluid leak was detected from the initial bite wound. In addition, because of the possibility of rabies infestation from the tiger bite, a rabies immunoglobin was locally applied to the open wounds and the surgical wound.

Postoperatively, the patient was placed in a cervical collar and continued on intravenous antibiotics consisting of zosyn and fluconazole for 2 months. She was deemed a poor candidate for anticoagulation treatment of the left vertebral artery occlusion. An inferior vena cava filter was placed due to her immobilization needs from the lower extremity wounds, which required multiple debridements and a subsequent free latissimus flap by plastic surgery.


Figure 3: Postoperative cervical spine radiograph: posterior fusion C2, C3, and C4 with pedicle screw and rod fixation (A). Cervical CT spine (axial) demonstrating a pseudomeningocele anterior to C3 (B). Cervical CT scan (coronal) 1-year postoperatively: bony fusion of the posterior elements of C2 to C4 (C).

Three months postoperatively she presented with difficulty swallowing, fever, and headache. A lumbar tap ruled out meningitis. A cervical angiography performed secondary to a bloody lumbar tap revealed retrograde flow down the left vertebral artery secondary to the vertebral artery occlusion at the C4 level with collateral reconstitution distally from the deep cervical artery. A cervical CT scan revealed an anterior pseudomeningocele that was aspirated with ultrasound guidance (Figure 3B). This was treated conservatively with a course of intravenous antibiotics and found to remain stable with time with gradual improvement in symptoms. The pseudomeningocele was believed to come from the previous cerebrospinal fluid leak at the time of initial injury.

Computed tomography scans of the cervical spine at 3-month follow-up demonstrated evidence of fusion and the patient was allowed to remove her cervical collar. She was allowed to return to work on a part-time basis at 6 months with a lifting restriction of 10 lbs. At 1-year follow-up, her cervical CT scan demonstrated bony fusion from C2-C4 (Figure 3C).

Discussion
Penetrating neck trauma due to tiger or animal bites poses a significant diagnostic and therapeutic challenge. These severe injuries to the neck region require diagnostic imaging to exclude injury to the carotid and vertebral artery injury.8 Conventional angiography has traditionally been considered the gold standard for evaluation of vascular injuries. The use of angiography for stable patients with penetrating neck trauma has been questioned because of its invasive nature. In recent years, there has been a renewed interest in the use of CT. This is a low-risk, noninvasive technique that is less expensive than conventional angiography. Computed tomography also has the benefit of providing information regarding the cervical spine and the aerodigestive tract.8 Prospective studies comparing CT with the gold standard of conventional arteriography have been performed. Reported sensitivity and specificity for CT was 90% and 100%; positive predictive value was 100%, and negative predictive value was 98%.8-10

Regarding surgical management for cervical trauma for injuries localized to C2 and C3, many surgeons have advocated the use of pedicle screw in C2 and C7 and lateral mass screw in the C3-C6 vertebra to reduce risk of neurovascular injury.7 Given the small size of the lateral masses in this location, there is concern regarding bony purchase. In a study by Jones et al,11 a lower load-to-failure was found for lateral mass screws compared to pedicle screws. In our patient, a posterior approach with lateral mass screw fixation was used from C2-C4. Posterior screws on the side of the uninjured artery were used despite the risk of iatrogenic injury to the vertebral artery on the uninjured side was performed because it was felt to be necessary to provide cervical stability. At 1-year follow-up, she maintained excellent alignment and bony fusion without any associated neurological complications. The patient will continue to receive close follow-up due a report published by Papadoupoulos et al12 in 1999 that describes late neurological complications due to a cord syrinx and cord tethering in a man that had bitten by a Bengal tiger in a safari park.

In addition to the primary stabilization, open wound treatment from animal bites is a potential risk for postoperative complications. Furthermore, animal bites from large animals are associated with and are prone to infection in 10% to 20% of cases.1 Most infections are polymicrobial; however, as with bite wounds from domestic cats, Pasteurella multicida is the most common isolate.2,13,14 In anticipation of a polymicrobial infection with unusual organisms, antibiotic coverage with ampicillin-sulbactam is recommended for empiric therapy.13 First generation cephalosporins, especially oral agents, are not recommended for bite wounds infected by Pasteurella multicida.15 In a previous case report published in 2002, where a 7-year-old girl was bitten by a white Siberian tiger, intraoperative cultures of the wound grew Pasteurella multicida, which fortunately was susceptible to the empiric antibiotics the patient was receiving.3 In our case, Pasteurella multicida was not isolated in the infected wound, but only coagulase negative Staphylococcus.

Animal bites also mandate consideration of tetanus and rabies prophylaxis. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the decision to administer postexposure rabies prophylaxis is dependent on the type of animal that is involved, whether the exposure was provoked, the local epidemiology of rabies, and the availability of the animal for observation or testing.16 In the previous case report published in 2002, the tiger involved in the incident was recovered and euthanized in accordance with public health recommendations and state law within 3 days of the injury and was found to be negative for rabies.13 In our case, rabies virus was considered and the immunization of the tiger was unknown to the treating physicians and the rightful owners. The owners were unwilling to provide the animal for testing purposes; therefore, the surgical team felt necessary to administer the appropriate precautions. Both active and passive vaccination was given, which consisted of rabies immunoglobins and rabies inactive vaccine.

Tigers are capable of producing serious vascular, soft tissue, and bony injuries. Polymicrobial infections with unusual organisms, especially Pasteurella multicida and rabies virus, should be anticipated and appropriate antibiotics and consultation with the guideline set by the CDC should be followed. We recommend a multidisciplinary approach to organize the proper diagnostic imaging and treatment for these patients. Furthermore, lateral mass screw fixation for cervical spine trauma is an excellent choice of fixation and is capable of sustaining adequate alignment and obtaining a bony fusion.

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Authors
Drs Anderson, Utter, Szatkowski, Patrick, Duncan, Turner, and Dekutoski are from the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.

Drs Anderson, Utter, Szatkowski, Patrick, Duncan, Turner, and Dekutoski have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Correspondence should be addressed to: Mark Dekutoski, MD, Mayo Clinic, 200 1st St SW, Rochester, MN 55905.

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Stray tiger attacks villager in Barabanki

Stray tiger attacks villager in Barabanki

Express News Service Posted: Dec 12, 2008 at 0104 hrs

Lucknow The tiger that had strayed into the Barabanki district a few days ago attacked a villager on Thursday.

Hiding in the jungle of Shahpur, around six km on the outskirts of Deva in Barabanki, it attacked the villager when he had taken his cattle to the jungle for grazing. He managed to escape.

“The tiger was trying to hunt and had even chased a calf. But it was unable to make a killing,” Divisional Forest Officer of Barabanki, A P Tripathi, said.

The Forest department has sent a team to the area to catch the tiger.

The pug marks were last reported from Saili Kiratpur village in Barabanki on Tuesday. “W were unable to track the pug marks as the tiger had moved along the Sharda Canal service road. It later reached the Shahpur jungle area,” said Tripathi. The department has sent the cast of the pug marks to the Dudhwa National Park for examination to ensure that it is the same tiger that had strayed from the Park nearly a month ago.

“Only after examining the pug marks, we can ensure that it is the same tiger,” said P P Singh, Deputy Director of Dudhwa National Park.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Tiger returns after escaping from animal sanctuary

Tiger returns after escaping from animal sanctuary

Associated Press
3:43 AM CST, December 10, 2008

ALBION, Ind. - A tiger that escaped from an animal sanctuary in northeast Indiana returned to its home several hours later.

Noble County 911 Director Mitch Fiandt said the 18-year-old female Bengal tiger escaped from the Black Pine Animal Park in Albion about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Park officials say the tiger returned to the property around 11 p.m. and was back in its enclosure about an hour later.

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.

Black Pine personnel felt the tiger would come back to the park due in part to the inclement weather.

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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

SANTA CLAUS BIT BY BOBCAT IN PET STORE

SANTA CLAUS BIT BY BOBCAT IN PET STORE
Cleve Bryan ( cbryan@nbc40.net ) - 12/9/08 05:57 pm

HAMILTON TWP. - Scratches and bites cover the hand and arm of Jonathan Bebbington, after an encounter with a not–so–friendly feline.

Bebbington says, "It hurt, it had a lot of power in its jaws."

That's because the kitty on Bebbington's lap when he was dressed as Santa Claus for pictures appears to be a bobcat.

A woman brought the cat to the "Santa Paws" charity picture fundraiser Sunday at Petsmart in Hamilton Township.

People can bring their pets to get pictures with Santa for $9.95 and at least half the money goes to various animal charities.

Bebbington's been playing Santa at these events for years.

He says, "We've done some exotic different pets. We've had people bring in horses or parrots or snakes, things like that. But I thought a bobcat? Well it's different."

Bobcats can grow to 40 or 50 pounds, Bebbington says this one was not full grown but it's large size, distinctive facial features and short tail leave no doubt it was some kind of bobcat.

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.

"Depending on what township she lives in that in itself could be considered animal neglect. So we just want to find out where the animal is and make sure the animal is up to date on it's shots and just find out if the animal is okay," says Christine Tartaro, a spokesperson for Penny Angel's.

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.

Zoo officials say the cats can appear friendly but do not make good pets.

Vincent Sonetto, supervising animal keeper at the Park Zoo says, "Regardless of how nice it is, eventually it could snap and just turn back to wild, enough to do some damage."

Something Bebbington, a locksmith by trade, found out first hand and if the cat is not found he'll have to go through a series of painful rabies shots.

"I never expected this when volunteering to do this. I love the animals and I would still continue to do this, but it does bother me."

One consolation is Petsmart has offered to cover Bebbington's medical bills.

Anyone with information about the bobcat or its owner should call the Atlantic County Division of Public Health at (609) 645 5931.

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Monday, December 08, 2008

Siberian Lynx Captured in WI

I called the authorities on this and offered a home to the cat, but the owner is 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.

Hello Kitty, what kitty are you?

This is the cat that visited the Alan Borud home this week. Is it a lynx or some other exotic cat and what is it doing here?

DNR Warden Mike Green/contributed

This is the cat that visited the Alan Borud home this week. Is it a lynx or some other exotic cat and what is it doing here?

By Kay James, Dells Events

wde-news@capitalnewspapers.com

Wisconsin Dells mail carrier Alan Borud likes cats, but he admits the one he found in his yard this week scared him at first.

Borud pulled into his driveway in Adams County at the end of a workday and saw what he at first thought was a stray cat. Then the cat stood up and started walking toward his car. This was no stray cat. Borud yelled at it, and it kept walking toward him.

"Normally, I'm not afraid of animals," he said, but he decided with the size of this cat and the way it was walking toward the car he would pull the car around so his door was closer to the house. He thought the animal was wild and had rabies since it was not acting like a wild animal.

Safely in the house, 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. Borud estimated the cat weighed between 40 and 50 pounds.

Borud's own pet cat took one look at the visitor and went flying into the bedroom to hide under the bed.

"I slowly decided it was friendly, he said. Borud, at one point, donned a leather glove and reached out the door toward the cat. It allowed him to pet it and started purring, although Borud said the purring sounded more like a rumble. The animal appeared well fed and seemed to want to come into the house.

Borud called the Adams County Sheriff's Office, who in turn called Department of Natural Resources Warden Mike Green. Green then called Borud.

Green told Borud he does not normally come out for cats, but after Borud described this cat, he decided to come and see it for himself.

When Green arrived, he stayed in his truck for a time watching the cat. At first Green told Borud the cat was some type of lynx, usually found in the wild in Canada. It had to have been a pet, Green said, since it was so tame, but he also said the animal was intimidating. In the wild, lynx are solitary animals that kill and eat deer, small mammals and birds.

Green told the Events he did not know what the animal was. "I can't say for sure. There are several possibilities." It has some characteristics of a lynx such as pronounced ear tufts, but the feet, legs and face have differences from a lynx.

Adams County Animal Control was called to come and pick up the cat. The animal control officer arrived and pulled a cat kennel out of his vehicle. Borud said he told the man they did not think the cat would fit in it. The officer insisted it could hold a big cat until he saw the lynx cat. Then he went back to his vehicle for a dog kennel.

Since the lynx/cat was so friendly, instead of trying to catch it, they sat the kennel on the ground. Borud said the animal was not the least bit scared and seemed used to a kennel. It stuck its head in and walked into the kennel.




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Thursday, December 04, 2008

Officials seek captors of cougar killed in Ga.

Rare cougar shot, killed near West Point Lake
By STACY SHELTON

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

An extremely rare, 140-pound male cougar was shot and killed near West Point Lake last month, according to Georgia Wildlife Resources Division Director Dan Forster.

The large cat was inspected and showed signs that it had illegally been held in captivity, including abrasions, Forster told the Board of Natural Resources on Wednesday.

Forster said his division is working with officials in Alabama to identify the cougar’s captors and had a couple of suspects. But he also acknowledged “we may not ever know.”

Forster said the division often gets reports of cougar sightings that don’t pan out. Cougars, which are listed as endangered animals by both the state and federal governments, are believed to be extinct from Georgia.

The decline in their population is linked to the first European settlers, who killed cougars and other predators to protect their livestock, according to the DNR.

http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/stories/2008/12/03/cougar_killed.html

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Monday, December 01, 2008

Tiger injures three in Uttar Pradesh village

Tiger injures three in Uttar Pradesh village

1 Dec 2008, 1348 hrs IST, IANS

LUCKNOW: A tiger has unleashed terror in an Uttar Pradesh village attacking three people and killing cattle, a state forest official said on Monday.

The tiger has strayed into the Mehmoodpur village in Sitapur district, about 80km from Lucknow.

"According to our reports, the tiger is hiding in sugarcane fields of the village," divisional forest officer RK Sachan said by telephone.

The tiger on Sunday night injured three farmers while they were returning home on their bicycles. Also, the tiger killed a calf and goats in the same village.

He said an intensive combing operation has been launched.

As Sitapur has no forest area, officials believe the tiger has come from the Dudhwa Tiger reserve located in the neighbouring Lakhimpur Kheri district.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Earth/Tiger_injures_three_in_UP/articleshow/3779369.cms

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Runaway tiger killed in Pocahontas County

Runaway tiger killed in Pocahontas County

By Staff reports
December 1, 2008

The owner of a tiger on the loose in Pocahontas County put the animal down Monday afternoon, said Hoy Murphy, spokesman for the state Division of Natural Resources.

David Cassell of Cass found the tiger and killed it, Murphy said. He was not sure where or how the animal was killed Monday. He was waiting for a conservation officer's report.

While Murphy said the snowmaking crew at Snowshoe Mountain Resort saw the big cat on Monday morning, resort spokeswoman Laura Parquette said the tiger had not been seen on Snowshoe's property.

"They're looking for it in Cass, on the other side of the mountain," Parquette said.

Cassell, who works at Mountain Lodge on Snowshoe Mountain, was trying to find the animal and tranquilize it, Murphy said earlier in the day. Security personnel at Snowshoe were also looking for the animal, he said.

"We have a conservation officer on his way there now. ...Normally this isn't the kind of wildlife we deal with," Murphy said Monday afternoon.

Cassell had a permit for the animal, he said.

In May 2006, an Asian brown bear owned by Cassell escaped into the wild after someone cut the lock to its enclosure. The 400-pound bruin has not been seen since.

http://wvgazette.com/News/200812010424

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