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Oh, the cat came back

Cricket, a mountain lion let out of her Chanceford Township cage, was found.


Daily Record/Sunday News

Article Launched: 05/04/2007 06:17:32 AM EDT



May 4, 2007 — Cricket the mountain lion is back with her Chanceford Township owner after spending more than a day outside her cage.

Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Todd Bingman said Cricket returned to owner Scott Allen Grim about 2:30 a.m. Thursday.


Grim, of the 10300 block of Enfield Road, told police Tuesday he noticed his 8-year-old female mountain lion was missing when he went to feed her. The lock on the cage had been removed, he told police.


Police said Cricket – whose front and back paws are declawed – went missing between 8 p.m. Tuesday and 8 p.m. Wednesday.


Bingman said Grim told him the big cat was "fairly tame. … It’s been around people its whole life. … He indicated he goes into the cage and plays with it."


Grim said he once operated an animal rescue and that, when he stopped running it, he found homes for all the animals except Cricket, whom he had owned since she was 4 months old, Bingman said.


Grim could not be reached for comment Thursday.


Susan Frey, who lives near Grim and his family, said she learned that Cricket was loose Tuesday night when Grim’s daughter knocked on her door.


Frey said she gets along with the Grims and is not bothered that a 110-pound mountain lion lives nearby.


"We have more problems with people’s dogs and their kids with BB-guns in this area," she said.


Frey was also angry that Cricket had been let loose.


"I don’t know who let it out, but they ought to get that person and put them in there with her," she said.


Also on Enfield Road, Gloria Lucia said she was not aware that a mountain lion had been loose.


"Who in the hell would want an animal like that? Oh, my God," she said.


Apparently, quite a few people. There are numerous Internet sites on owners, dealers and nonprofit organizations dedicated to exotic animals.


"Do people put you down because your pet isn’t a socially acceptable cat, dog or goldfish?" reads the National Alternative Pet Association’s Web site. "Discrimination based on your choice of a pet is still discrimination."


Pennsylvania issues permits to own exotic animals. But first, the state Game Commission must be satisfied with the animal’s housing and the owner’s plan to care for the animal.


It is illegal to release exotic animals into the wild, according to the state Pennsylvania Game Law.


The law gives examples of what an "exotic" animal is, including bears, coyotes, tigers and cougars.


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