Mower County Passes Wild Animal Ban
(AP) Austin, Minn. Mower County has made it illegal for residents to possess wild animals, such as lions, monkeys and bears.
The Mower County Board unanimously passed a regulated animal ordinance on Tuesday, prohibiting the possession of certain animals and requiring a fee and license for other animals, such as badgers, wolves and poisonous or dangerous snakes. The ordinance only applies to parts of the county that are outside city limits, but it clears the way for each municipality to create its own ordinance.
The decision comes after the board issued a yearlong ban on bringing wild animals into the county. Sheriff Terese Amazi requested the ban which was approved in May.
Amazi told the board on Tuesday that she proposed the ordinance because of incidents involving BEARCAT Hollow animal park in Racine.
In 2001, a girl was bitten by a tiger at the park. The tiger was euthanized so it could be tested for rabies.
The park was sold, and its owners were sentenced to prison on charges related to illegally selling endangered animals. Forty-one animals from BEARCAT now are at a South Dakota refuge.
Amazi said the new ordinance will keep similar animals from being brought back into the county.
She said the ordinance is modeled after a similar one passed in Goodhue County, which also had problems with an animal park.
People who want to keep or continue to keep a regulated animal in Mower County must pay $300 to apply for a license through the county auditor.
The sheriff’s department will administer and enforce the law, which if violated would be considered a misdemeanor.
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