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#1 13 years ago

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20050223/ap_on_re_us/big_cat

Tiger Shot, Killed Near Reagan Library

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LOS ANGELES - Authorities shot and killed a tiger Wednesday that had been roaming the hills near the Ronald Reagan (news - web sites) Presidential Library.

The cat was shot several hundred yards from soccer and baseball fields at the edge of a housing development, said Lorna Bernard, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Fish and Game.

"It's unfortunate that we had to kill it," Bernard said. "It's even more unfortunate that the person who owned it didn't come forward and alert us immediately. We might have been able to capture it."

Trackers had to shoot to kill because a tranquilizer would have taken five to 10 minutes to bring down the animal, Bernard said. They were concerned the animal might attack them or bolt onto a nearby highway. The animal was killed near Simi Valley, about 40 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

Authorities received a call just after 6 a.m. from a resident who reported the tiger strolling past his back fence. He said his children took pictures from inside their home.

Ken Tucker told KCBS-TV the tiger walked to a nearby house and "was just staring down" the neighbor's dogs.

The trackers had been looking for the animal for eight days, using infrared equipment at night. They had set traps with goat meat and chicken.

The hunt began after the discovery of paw prints on a ranch near the library that were far too large for native bobcats or mountain lions. The size of the tracks indicated the animal weighed as much as 600 pounds.

Bernard said the owner could have told authorities about the tiger's temperament and eating habits, which might have helped them catch the animal sooner.

As the cat roamed the hills, it became hungrier and disoriented, making it more dangerous to the nearby community of horse ranches and sprawling homes.

Authorities said they were investigating how the cat got loose in the hills.

"Obviously we'll be looking at all the facilities in the area that housed big cats," Bernard said.

Two weeks ago, authorities removed nearly two dozen large cats, including lions and tigers, from property rented by Abby and Emma Hedengran not far from the library, Bernard said. All the animals that inspectors found on the property were accounted for, she said.

A telephone message left Wednesday for the Hedengrans by The Associated Press was not immediately returned.

Tests will be performed on the tiger that may provide clues about its history.

Now I got no problem with shooting people, but I do draw the line when they shoot animals :mad:

They couldnt have used some tranq's and put it down that way? They had to kill this beautiful tiger? :(

I say the cop who shot him should be fed to the tigers at a local zoo. :0wned:




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#2 13 years ago

Well I am agaisnt killing the Tiger but I have to fault the owner here.

When the Tiger escaped THE OWNER NEVER NOTIFIED THE AUTHORITIES!!!

Several hours after the Tiger escaped a guy looked out his back window to see a huge 600lb Bengal Tiger going past his back gate. He and some otehr witnesses called the police.

The authorities arrived and tried to contain the animal which was in a area close to a residential area with lots of children and a interstate highway.

I have seen what a 600 lb Deer can do to a moving car so Im sure a Tiger would have been just as bad.

The State Wildlife officers decided that due to the closeness of the residential area and the highway it was in the best interest of the public to kill it.

I would have still tried the tranqs first. Maybe two if I had to.

In the TV interviews the wildlife officers and the local residents were angry at the owner. The Wildlife officers said if the owner had reported it they could have captured the animal before it got so close to populated areas. Instead due to his negligence they had to put it down.

I would arrest the owner for negligence, revoke his exotic animal liscence and ship them off to zoos and wildlife sanctuaries.




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#3 13 years ago

I'm in agreement with you there Anlushac11.




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#4 13 years ago

Exactly, what happened to the tiger was wrong but that shouldn't mean that attention be turned away from the owner. If a tiger gets loose (first off, there shouldn't even be a tiger...) then the owner is responsible for the tiger's actions and to notify people.




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#5 13 years ago

Poor tiger.




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#6 13 years ago

they could have used tranquilizers :nodding:




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#7 13 years ago

yod@'s right. they should have called the animal rights dudes or whatever...




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#8 13 years ago

My aunt lives right near there and she informed me of this over the phone. It's quite unfortunate that they were not able (or chose not to) use tranquilizer darts instead of bullets. I would have used a couple of tranq shots first, then lethal ones if unsuccessful. But, so be it.




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#9 13 years ago

Its just a tiger...




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#10 13 years ago

i'd have road him through town! me and the tiger in our wild and wacky adventures that always turn out to have a good ending that is rated G! :D Aeg and The Tiger...sadly will never happen now. :(