Fwd: We will take captured bobcat

Dear Critter Control,

I sent this to the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission.

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Carole Baskin <savethebigcats@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, Jan 9, 2009 at 5:07 PM
Subject: We will take captured bobcat
To: "Col. Jones" <julie.jones@myfwc.com>, Florida Commission FWC <john.west@myfwc.com>, linda.harrison@myfwc.com

Can this cat be sent to us to live in a cage, rather than be killed?  I hate the idea of caging a wild cat, but the public outcry to save this cat is huge and we can provide a quiet life for him with room service once a day.  If so, we will pick the cat up.

Adult Bobcat Caught In Isleworth
Nuisance Animal Will Be Euthanized

POSTED: 9:13 pm EST January 8, 2009
UPDATED: 10:00 pm EST January 8, 2009

ORLANDO, Fla. — A local animal control company finally caught a
bobcat Thursday morning that had been roaming the streets of an
Orlando neighborhood for months.

A new state law will ensure that the animal won't be relocated, but
rather euthanized.

Three months ago, people living in the Isleworth neighborhood noticed
the 35-pound wild bobcat prowling around.

"I was called out by the Isleworth Country Club security," said Jimmy
Tanski, of Critter Control.

The private community eventually placed a call to Critter Control to
take care of the animal. Two weeks later, the bobcat took the bait.

"Where I caught him was right near a recreation area there in
Isleworth," Tanski said.

Before July 1, 2008, Critter Control would've released the animal
back into the wild.

"We had release points out in the forest areas, and we had signed
documents with people who would let us release them out on their
properties," Tanski said.

But that's all changed. A new state law says that nuisance animals —
like bobcats, raccoons and possums — can no longer be relocated to a
different habitat once trapped.

"This new state statute is pretty cut and dry," Tanski said. "Once
trapped, the animal either has to be euthanized in a humane way or
released back on the property where it was trapped in the first
place."

That means this bobcat will be euthanized sometime soon. It's
upsetting news to some, but Florida Fish and Wildlife said it's
actually a safer alternative for the animal and the public for two
reasons.

"Most of the animals that we do relocate wind up in a lot of danger,
and it results in the high amount of road kill that you see on the
side of the road," said Lenard Lacy of Florida Fish and Wildlife.

These types of animals also carry diseases that could harm humans and
other wildlife," Lacy said.

Florida Fish and Wildlife said it's rare, but in some cases if there
is an agreement made, a zoo can take the nuisance animal.

http://www.wesh.com/news/18442716/detail.html



For the cats,

Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue
an Educational Sanctuary home
to more than 100 big cats
12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL  33625
813.493.4564 fax 885.4457

http://www.BigCatRescue.org
SaveTheBigCats@gmail.com

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For the cats,

Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue
an Educational Sanctuary home
to more than 100 big cats
12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL  33625
813.493.4564 fax 885.4457

http://www.BigCatRescue.org
SaveTheBigCats@gmail.com

Sign our petition to protect tigers from being farmed here:

http://capwiz.com/bigcatrescue/issues/alert/?alertid=9952801&type=CU

This message contains information from Big Cat Rescue that may be
confidential or privileged. The information contained herein is intended
only for the eyes of the individual or entity named above.  You are hereby
notified that any dissemination, distribution, disclosure, and/or copying of
the information contained in this communication is strictly prohibited. The
recipient should check this e-mail and any attachments for the presence of
viruses. Big Cat Rescue accepts no liability for any damage or loss caused
by any virus transmitted by this e-mail.

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