The State Exhibitors Rethink Wildlife Shows

Incident date: 
Mon, 01/06/2003
Date reported: 
Mon, 01/06/2003
Date Published: 
Mon, 01/06/2003 (All day)
City: 
Scotts Valley
State: 
California
Category: 
Human Injury
Name: 
The State Exhibitors Rethink Wildlife Shows
Headline: 
Exhibitors Rethink Wildlife Shows
Summary: 

During a school assembly in which a Bengal tiger was on display for school children, a 6-year-old kindergarten boy was attacked by the 18-month, 250-pound tiger named Sima. The young boy recovered from the attack after receiving 55 staples in his head to close the wound. The exhibitor, Zoo to You, shows animals to the public under a permit. Zoo to You has been fined $1,200 for improper control of the tiger.

Publication: 
Los Angeles Times
Author: 
Sally Ann Connell

Many Dead Tigers are Found at Big Cat 'Retirement Home'

Incident date: 
Thu, 04/24/2003
Date reported: 
Thu, 04/24/2003
City: 
Colton
State: 
California
Name: 
Many Dead Tigers are Found at Big Cat 'Retirement Home'
Headline: 
Many Dead Tigers Are Found At Big Cat 'Retirement Home'
Summary: 

Wendelin Ringel, a veterinarian, and his wife were arrested when 30 dead animals, mostly large cats, were found in their home. The animals included nine baby tigers and two baby leopards.

Publication: 
New York Times Abstracts
Author: 
Barbara Whitaker

Tigers Get Tender Care From Big Cat Lovers

Incident date: 
Thu, 12/11/2003
Date reported: 
Thu, 12/11/2003
Date Published: 
Thu, 12/11/2003 (All day)
City: 
Colton
State: 
California
Name: 
Tigers Get Tender Care From Big Cat Lovers The animals' owner is charged with cruelty. Volunteers are caring for them until they can be taken to a refuge.
Headline: 
Tender Care for Tigers Until It's Time to Say Goodbye to Big Cats
Summary: 

As the owner of 39 tigers awaits trial for charges of animal cruelty, volunteers work daily to care for the big cats living at the facility. Despite the hard work by volunteers, the tigers live in a less than ideal situation. Pending the trial, the tigers will likely be moved to a sanctuary where they will enjoy better living conditions.

Publication: 
Los Angeles Times
Author: 
Deborah Sullivan Brennan

Lion or Tiger, Not Bear, Oh My! Search continues for a 400- to 600-pound cat in the hills of Simi and Moorpark. Residents are urged to be cautious.

Incident date: 
Sun, 02/20/2005
Date reported: 
Sun, 02/20/2005
Date Published: 
Sun, 02/20/2005 (All day)
City: 
Simi Valley
State: 
California
Category: 
Escape
Name: 
Lion or Tiger, Not Bear, Oh My! Search continues for a 400- to 600-pound cat in the hills of Simi and Moorpark. Residents are urged to be cautious.
Headline: 
Lion or Tiger, Not Bear, Oh My!
Summary: 

Officials from the Fish and Game Department searched for an escaped big cat believed to be 400- to 600-pounds. Officials urged residents to be careful.

Author: 
Paul Pringle

Visiting Tasmania's Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, bushfire veterinary hotspot

Wed, 01/23/2013
A rescued wombat.

A wombat.The International Fund for Animal Welfare team (Valeria Ruoppolo and Eric Woehler) visited the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary who are playing a key role in the wildlife response to the Tasmanian wildfires.

Couple Arrested in Tiger's Escape

Incident date: 
Thu, 03/17/2005
Date reported: 
Thu, 03/17/2005
Date Published: 
Thu, 03/17/2005 (All day)
City: 
Moorpark
State: 
California
Category: 
Escape
Name: 
Couple Arrested in Tiger's Escape. The Moorpark animal sanctuary owners denied the cat belonged to them while it roamed suburban areas. Trackers killed it Feb. 23.
Headline: 
Couple Arrested in Tiger's Escape
Summary: 

Two Moorpark residents were arrested for their actions in response to the escape of their tiger. The owners allegedly allowed the tiger to roam freely in the suburban area for four weeks without notifying officials and later denied ownership. The tiger was shot and killed by U.S. Department of Agriculture trackers near a housing development and a city park.

Big cat goes on walk-about in zoo: Tiger's outing on grounds of Hesperia Zoo prompts excitement, crowd

Incident date: 
Fri, 10/06/2006
Date reported: 
Fri, 10/07/2011
Date Published: 
Fri, 10/07/2011 (All day)
City: 
Hesperia
State: 
California
Category: 
Escape
Name: 
Big cat goes on walk-about in zoo: Tiger's outing on grounds of Hesperia Zoo prompts excitement, crowd
Headline: 
Big cat goes on walk-about in zoo: Tiger's outing on grounds of Hesperia Zoo prompts excitement, crowd
Summary: 

Oct. 7--HESPERIA -- With a freeroaming tiger and dozens of  fascinated people lining the streets on foot and in their cars, it looked like the circus had come to town. But despite the crowd, the mood  was anything but lighthearted at the Hesperia Zoo in the 19000 block  of Willow Street when a 500-pound Bengal tiger escaped from its  cage just after 1 p.m. Friday.

The tiger is said to have attacked a nearby donkey, biting its neck and the back of one of its legs after it escaped from an unlocked cage while the tiger's cage was being cleaned, city officials said. The donkey is expected to recover from its minor injuries. …

Author: 
Katherine Rosenberg

Couple admit owning escaped tiger

Incident date: 
Tue, 01/09/2007
Date reported: 
Tue, 01/09/2007
Date Published: 
Tue, 01/09/2007 (All day)
City: 
Moorpark
State: 
California
Category: 
Escape
Name: 
Couple admit owning escaped tiger
Headline: 
Couple admit owning escaped tiger
Summary: 

A couple pled guilty to charges that their escaped tiger roamed freely in a suburban area for four weeks and that they denied ownership of the tiger when the animal was captured. The escape happened when the couple relocated and moved into a new home. Following the incident, the nearly two dozen animals were moved to a facility to Nevada.

Publication: 
Los Angeles Times

Hawaii

Summary: 

Hawaii prohibits private possession of big cats. Under Hawaii law, it is unlawful for any person to possess a lion, clouded leopard, tiger, puma, cougar, leopard, cheetah, caracal, ocelot, serval, margay, or mountain lion for private possession. However, possession of big cats is permitted for research purposes by universities or for exhibition purposes by municipal zoos.

Classification: 
Ban
Color: 
gray

Alaska

Summary: 

Alaska prohibits private possession of big cats making it unlawful for a person to possess a big cat as a pet. Although private possession of a big cat is prohibited, other types of possession are lawful with a permit. For example, a permit may be granted for scientific or educational uses if the applicant states his or her purpose in possessing the big cat, provides an explanation why studying the animal is needed, and explains how such use will provide a significant benefit to Alaska.

Classification: 
Ban
Color: 
gray