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First reported Florida panther death of 2010

Florida panther found dead in Lee County; first reported death of year * By ERIC STAATS * Posted January 19, 2010 at 11:18 a.m.Florida wildlife officials reported this morning the first death of an endangered Florida panther in 2010.The male panther, between two and three years old, was found last night west of the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed, about a mile south of Corkscrew Road in Lee County, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.The panther was found by a citizen who saw vultures feeding and thought Read More

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Kans. facility with history of big cat escapes, attacks gets new director

New life for man, zooRecently hired director, Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo to start fresh togetherBy Mary Clarkin - The Hutchinson News - mclarkin@hutchnews.comGREAT BEND - When Scott Gregory talks to the animals, he does so with an English accent.Uprooted at age 12 when his father's printing business job took the family from England to Florida, Gregory recalls an adjustment that was tearful. Far different was the adjustment he made this month, moving from Florida to Great Bend to take over as director of the city's zoo."I love the zoo," said Gregory, 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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Another Oregon cougar orphan sent to zoo

Orphaned Lane County cougar cubs heading to new homesBy Katy Muldoon, The Oregonian December 17, 2009, 7:44PMFor the third time this year and the second time this month, the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife called the Oregon Zoo on Thursday with a request: Could the zoo accommodate an orphaned cougar? The female that arrived Thursday is sister to the cub pictured, a 10-week-old, 13-pound male.The cougar approached. The homeowner fired. And that's the short explanation for why two strikingly elegant cougar cubs, dark spots accenting their golden Read More

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Orphaned Oregon cougar will go to Texas zoo

Orphaned cougar found near Springfield, staffPORTLAND, Ore. -- A 10-week-old male orphan cougar cub found last week near Springfield, Ore., has found a new home in Texas thanks to the Oregon Zoo.Within hours of the male cub's arrival, Oregon Zoo keeper and resident puma expert Michelle Schireman had found a zoo eager to adopt the baby. Located in Tyler, Texas, the Caldwell Zoo is "very excited to have the cub heading their way for the holidays," Schireman said.The male cub, who Oregon Zoo keepers describe as "very handsome and feisty," Read More