November 10, 2013 |
A keeper at an Oregon sanctuary for big cats was killed over the weekend, and sanctuary officials hinted Sunday that she may have been violating safety rules when she was attacked by one of the animals. WildCat Haven Sanctuary officials said Renee Radziwon-Chapman had been a head keeper for eight years at the Sherwood, Ore., facility in the Portland suburbs. She was found dead in an enclosure Saturday evening. KGW News in Portland reported that she was killed by a cougar. Clackamas County Sheriff's Sgt. Robert Wurpes told the Associated Press that the animal suspected of killing Radziwon-Chapman was locked in a cage after the attack.
October 2, 2013 |
Catching a glimpse of a bobcat, the exotic wild feline with a bobbed tail that prowls California, is one of the draws for wildlife enthusiasts visiting Joshua Tree National Park. In that park and certain others around the state, bobcats are protected from hunters and trappers throughout the year, a smart rule designed to protect the state's ecosystem and preserve its wildlife from exploitation. But this year there was an outcry after it became known that bobcat traps were being set just outside the boundaries of Joshua Tree and that trappers were using scented lures and battery-powered pet toys that mimic dying birds to lure the animals out. Trapping bobcats is an increasingly lucrative business as demand for the fur rises in foreign markets, including China, Russia and Greece, driving up the price of a premium belly fur pelt to $700, sometimes more.
June 13, 2013 |
CALI, Colombia - Ask Ana Julia Torres how many children she has, and she'll say 652: two human offspring plus the hundreds of tigers, lions, mules, snakes, monkeys and other species residing at her refuge north of here. The creatures have typically been seized from or cast off by narcos, circuses, animal traffickers and bored collectors. Her reference to the "children" inhabiting her 8-acre private facility, named Villa Lorena after her daughter, reflects her deep love for the animals.
April 24, 2013 |
Scientists have uncovered a Canadian lynx specimen that briefly roamed the British countryside, at least until it killed two dogs and was dispatched by a gun-wielding farmer in southwestern England. The discovery probably will cause fanatics of the British Big Cat Theory to smile like a Cheshire Cat. They've been trying to convince skeptics that people who've reported seeing a large black panther and any number of smaller feral felids are not crazy. This lynx, however, is long dead.
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March 7, 2013 |
DUNLAP, Calif. - For Dianna Hanson, getting an internship at a remote feline conservancy in the hills east of Fresno was the culmination of a lifelong love of big cats. As a young girl, she drew pictures of tigers and told people she wanted to be a "pet store lady" or zookeeper. After graduating from college, she moved to Kenya to work at a wildlife conservancy. Then on Jan. 1, the 24-year-old and her father drove from Washington to this small Fresno County town where Hanson began a six-month internship at Project Survival's Cat Haven.
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March 6, 2013 |
DUNLAP, Calif. - A 26-year-old woman was attacked and killed by a lion at a Fresno County cat sanctuary Wednesday, and deputies shot the animal as they rushed to rescue the victim. Project Survival's Cat Haven houses lions, tigers, cheetahs and jaguars in enclosures on a boulder-strewn hillside about half a mile off the main road to Kings Canyon National Park. The nonprofit sanctuary, which raises money for conservation causes, gets about 10,000 visitors a year but is closed midweek. At the time of the attack, there were only two volunteers, both women in their 20s, at the 93-acre park. The woman who was killed was an intern; the other is a more experienced volunteer at the park.