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The Sad Life of Dolly the Mountain Lion

It's 1994 and a hunter has just killed the mother Mountain Lion in Colorado so that he can steal her young cubs and sell them into the pet trade.  One of the cubs is purchased by an ill advised woman who tries to make a pet of her, and flees the state to end up in Maine a year later.  The cub, named Dolly, is outgrowing the woman's ability to restrain her though, as she approaches 100 lbs in her first year.   When the authorities found out they confiscated the illegally kept cub and placed her in a little roadside zoo in Lincoln, Read More

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Cougar Puma or Mountain Lion Attacks Are Likely Discarded Pets

    "I don't think that attack was by a wild-reared puma at all.   I think that puma was a dumped former pet, or a puma bred from a mother kept to produce urine to be sold as "puma lure" to be sold to houndsmen, or perhaps even a puma who was "returned to the wild" by a financially struggling sanctuary, of which there have been many in Texas in recent years.   First, take another look at what was reported, to refresh your memory:"       Mountain Lion Attacks Boy in Texas Park     A Read More

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Seeing Wild Animals in Ads Leads to People Wanting as Pets

Seeing Wild Animals in Ads Leads to People Wanting as Pets   DURHAM, NC - Television ads featuring cute chimpanzees wearing human clothes are likely to distort the public's perception of the endangered animals and hinder conservation efforts, according to a team of primatologists and a marketing professor at Duke University.   The researchers showed 165 study participants three different collections of television ads for products like toothpaste and soft drinks and then surveyed them to see whether attitudes toward conservation Read More

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Christmas critters: Parents buying exotic pets as gifts for kids

[The News Herald, Panama City, Fla.]By Shannon Winslow-Claunch, The News Herald, Panama City, Fla.Released : Sunday, December 20, 2009 12:41 PMDec. 20--Don't know what to get little Johnny for Christmas? In an age of commercialism and numbness to the mundane, some parents might be tempted to wow their kids this year with the gift of an exotic pet.Pet stores encourage consumers to do their own research when it comes to adding any pet to the family. But with easy access to baby turtles and parakeets at mall kiosks, impulse buys at Christmas for all Read More

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Where to find an exotic pet

December 14, 2009 3:23 PM ETDivineCarolineGrowing up, the only pet I wanted to own was a Mogwai.The adorable singing, baby-squawking, furry little star of Gremlins had everything I could want in a pet -- a cuddly and unique alternative to the average cat or dog that I was sure I could manage, even with all those pesky rules to keep my little guy from birthing or turning into, literally, a monster.Of course, my dream wasn't a reality, but it fell in line with the concept of owning a pet monkey or playing with tigers and even alligators. Movies and Read More