Posted: 4:33 pm EDT May 28, 2009Updated: 7:00 pm EDT May 28, 2009
Columbiana County Health Department health officials said a mountain lion
kept as a pet will not be euthanized.
Health Commissioner Wesley Vins said officials reached the decision after
contacting state agencies, the people involved and a veterinarian from the
USDA who specializes in exotic animals.
Vins said officials worked to reach the best conclusion about what to do
with the animal, which days earlier bit an 11-year-old girl on the arm.
"This animal is very involved with the owner. That became evident as we
spoke several times and we want to take that into consideration as well,"
The mountain lion will be quarantined for 30 days.
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