Her name is pronounced RYE-zuh
and is German for Journey
and it certainly is appropriate for a cougar who was born into the pet trade in 1995 in Texas, was shipped to New York and then traveled to a rescue center in South Florida before taking the last road trip, at the age of 18, to her forever home at Big Cat Rescue in Tampa.
This folder of images will be updated as they come in from the Big Cat Rescue team.
From a former volunteer:
Hello! Here is some basic information about Reise the cougar and Read More
Rescue of Narla the Cougar:
This is a letter from someone who knew the Loppi's. This person below, wanted us to know that Rob was well intended and I post it here as an example of how even the best intentions usually end up bad for the exotic animal.
According to a number of emails I got after the fact, Rob's wife was looking to euthanize the cat, but Rob's friends, family and the media were on her case and she couldn't do it without Read More
Cougar - Felis concolor
Common Names: Cougar, Puma, Panther,
Mountain Lion, Catamount
Phylum: Chordata (Vertebrata)
Genus: Felinae (Puma)
Eastern Texas to Florida – P.c.coryi –IUCN: Endangered, CITES:Appendix I Northeastern US and southeastern Canada Cougar – P.c. couguar - IUCN: Endangered, CITES: Appendix I Central American Cougar – P.c. costaricensis – CITES: Appendix I
Misc: The cougar has the greatest natural Read More
Great News for Mountain Lions
NO MORE UNNECESSARY KILLINGS!
Thanks to all of you, landmark lion protection legislation became reality today when California Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 132.
This is a first of its kind piece of legislation built on decades of scientific knowledge to define exactly what "imminent threat to public health and safety" means in regards to mountain lions. It requires the use of nonlethal procedures for dealing with those lions that come into contact with humans, yet do not meet the threshold of imminent threat.
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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