PA: Escaped cougar returns
Oh, the cat came back
Cricket, a mountain lion let out of her
By TED CZECH
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
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
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.
"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."
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.
Reach Ted Czech at 771-2033 or firstname.lastname@example.org.