Cougar prompts PA officer to propose exotic animal rules

South Strabane

….Animal control officer Kym Secreet urged [township] supervisors to consider passing an exotic animal ordinance. Without an ordinance, people can keep animals such as wolves and bobcats by getting a license from the State Game Commission for an annual $25 fee, she said.

North Strabane had a problem with someone who owned a cougar, and there are animals such as alligators in homes and no one even knows about them. She said the ordinance would be useful if a situation arose and an ordinance would prevent people from obtaining a permit from the commission.

There would be some exemptions, such as for farm animals and for some businesses, including veterinarian offices, pet stores and breeders who have permits and keep the animals contained.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06288/729496-58.stm

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