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Florida man gives up "pet" cougars

Wonder Gardens takes in two mountain lionsBy AARON HALE (Contact)Originally published 4:37 p.m., Wednesday, March 18, 2009Updated 5:27 p.m., Wednesday, March 18, 2009The love of animals has always been a driving factor behind David and Dawn Piper's work with the Everglades Wonder Gardens.That compassion was tested last week when they were asked to rescue two mountain lions from a home in Lehigh Acres.David Piper says he received a call from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Investigator Lar Gregory on March 11, asking him if he would Read More

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B.C. bans private ownership of exotic pets like tigers, pythons, alligators

VANCOUVER, B.C. — The tragic death two years ago of a woman killed by a caged tiger as children looked on helped spur the British Columbia government to implement new rules to ban dangerous pets that could harm the public, says Environment Minister Barry Penner. Penner said Tuesday that the new Controlled Alien Species Regulation, which came into effect this week, identifies 1,256 species that pose a serious threat to public safety. The list includes black panthers, lions, tigers, boa constrictors, pythons, some poisonous frogs, monkeys, chimpanzees Read More

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B.C. bans private ownership of exotic pets like tigers, pythons, alligators

VANCOUVER, B.C. — The tragic death two years ago of a woman killed by a caged tiger as children looked on helped spur the British Columbia government to implement new rules to ban dangerous pets that could harm the public, says Environment Minister Barry Penner.Penner said Tuesday that the new Controlled Alien Species Regulation, which came into effect this week, identifies 1,256 species that pose a serious threat to public safety.The list includes black panthers, lions, tigers, boa constrictors, pythons, some poisonous frogs, monkeys, chimpanzees Read More

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Florida: Safari-themed retreat working to get after-the-fact approval

Safari-themed retreat working to get Collier approval after the factBy ERIC STAATSSunday, March 8, 2009NAPLES — The menagerie of animals at a safari-themed retreat in rural Collier County runs the gamut from tarantulas to white rhinos.Besides its furry, finned and feathered collection, Ngala (prounounced En-ya-la) is home to a long-running zoning debacle that is working its way to a potential resolution later this year.The county’s Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) already has voted unanimously to recommend approval of a petition to allow Read More

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New homes found for western Kan. lions, tigers that mauled

3/10/2009, 2:42 p.m. EDTThe Associated Press OAKLEY, Kan. (AP) — New homes for three lions and two tigers are in the works after a mauling incident last month at a western Kansas animal refuge.Authorities are waiting for the results of blood tests to make sure the animals are healthy before shipping the cats from the refuge near Oakley to facilities in Michigan and North Carolina.The Detroit Zoo has agreed to take the three lions. A home for the two tigers also has been found at the Carnivore Preservation Trust east of Raleigh, N.C.http://www.mlive.com/newsflash/michigan/index.ssf?/base/news-63/1236710962234870.xml&storylist=newsmichigan---------Learn Read More
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