Court again halts Kerr bid to oust cougars, tigers and bear

The 4th Court of Appeals again has blocked efforts by Kerr County to evict two tigers, three cougars and a bear owned by a couple who claim to operate an animal shelter at their Ingram-area home.

Tuesday, the appeals court stayed enforcement of the Aug. 18 removal order against Clint and Amy Tuma by 198th District Court Judge Rex Emerson, and set a Sept. 7 deadline for the county to answer the emergency motion filed Monday by the Tumas’ lawyer, Emily Frost.

“We’re very happy the court of appeals has stopped this madness,” Frost said Tuesday.

The Tumas contend they’re exempt from county rules requiring registration of wild and dangerous animals. Even so, they later applied for a county permit and were denied.

County Attorney Rob Henneke expressed disappointment with the appeals court order, saying: “I don’t understand why Judge Emerson is being second-guessed again when he’s the one who heard all of the testimony and evidence.”

Ruling on evidence aired at an Aug. 13 hearing on a suit filed by Kerr County against the Tumas, Emerson gave them four working days from last Wednesday to remove the animals.

A similar injunction issued in June by Emerson also was stayed by the appeals court.

bigcatrescue.org

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