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Big Cats In Texas

Big cats are common in Far West Texas but not on the other side of the state. Don’t tell that to Reagan Pope who, with other drivers, saw a cougar he estimated to be three feet tall and 8-9 feet long nose to tail walking along the FM 2138 road heading toward Maydelle. Billy Higginbotham, Texas A&M’s wildlife specialist for that area, says there’s only been a handful of sightings in the 35 years he’s worked in East Texas.
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Big Cats In Texas

I volunteer in dog (Rottweiler) and cat rescue, and one of our big efforts a few years ago was with huge raid on a “farm” that had over 200 Rotties, plus a couple dozen huskies and other breeds. It was a puppy mill, but for big dogs. Awful conditions – starvation, neglect, etc. The people who owned it also kept big cats, also in horrid conditions, and states like Texas have a lot of these types of crazy animal hoarders operating what they call “farms” “preserves” and the like (lax or non-existent zoning and animal cruelty law enforcement in rural counties). It could very well be that this particular big cat is an escapee from a similar situation.
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Big Cats In Texas

Gina Martin (@CWAPdotCWAP) October 27, 2013 at 5:06 PMI volunteer in dog (Rottweiler) and cat rescue, and one of our big efforts a few years ago was with huge raid on a “farm” that had over 200 Rotties, plus a couple dozen huskies and other breeds. It was a puppy mill, but for big dogs. Awful conditions – starvation, neglect, etc. The people who owned it also kept big cats, also in horrid conditions, and states like Texas have a lot of these types of crazy animal hoarders operating what they call “farms” “preserves” and the like (lax or non-existent zoning and animal cruelty law enforcement in rural counties). It could very well be that this particular big cat is an escapee from a similar situation.
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Big Cats In Texas

They also believe that there are currently more tigers living in captivity in Texas than in the wild, where their population is estimated to be around around 3,000. It’s also believed that there are between 10,000 to 20,000 privately owned big cats including tigers, lions and cougars currently living in captivity in the U.S., but the exact number is unknown due to insufficient record keeping.
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Big Cats In Texas

More than 30 states have laws in place banning the possession of big cats and primates, while others have partial exotic animal bans for some species or require licensing and registration, to own one, although most have nothing on the books that addresses breeding. Texas currently requires owners to register their animals.
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Big Cats In Texas

There’s no black panthers native to Queensland, so farmer John Rourke wants to know what he’s seen twice on his property in Eudlo that looks an awful lot like a big black cat. The first was 15 months ago and the second a few weeks ago. Rourke thought at first it was a black Labrador but the 3-foot tail convinced him otherwise. Speaking of tales, local folklorists tell one about a circus convoy that crashed in 1959 and lost its black panthers, but that was 300 km away and no sightings have ever been confirmed. However, wildlife expert Gary Opit says he’s heard of sightings of giant gorillas, ape men, yowies, Tasmanian tigers and big cats in the parks and forests of the Sunshine Coast.
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Big Cats In Texas

Welcome to Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge, a 150 acre preserve dedicated to over 40 rescued big cats. Come meet these majestic animals, learn about the feline species known as Panthera Tigris and find out how you can help to ensure their future in the United States and worldwide.
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Big Cats In Texas

International Exotic Animal Sanctuary, Inc. ( IEAS) was founded in Boyd, Texas in 1988 as a 501(c), nonprofit tax-exempt corporation. IEAS’s current mission is the care and welfare of its animal inhabitants, as well as educating the public about their needs. The inhabitants include bobcats, cougars, lions, tigers and bears among other species. As of September 2014, 40 felines 3 coatis, a lemur, a capybara and 29 bears call IEAS home, with spacious habitats, pools and houses. The employees and volunteers who care for the animals give of their time and talents to ensure the quality of life to which they are entitled. Not only is the sanctuary home to 74 exotic animals, but it is also a place providing education and conservation. The International Exotic Animal Sanctuary started the Intern Program in 2002. The program was a success from the beginning and has attracted students from all over the United States. The American Association of Zoo Keepers, Inc. (AAZK) honored IEAS with the Certificate of Merit for Zookeeper Education (CMZE). The purpose of the award is to recognize individuals, institutions and organizations in the zoological community most actively promoting educational programs for zookeepers.
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Welcome to the Animal Sanctuary International Exotic Animal Sanctuary, Inc. ( IEAS) was founded in Boyd, Texas in 1988 as a 501(c), nonprofit tax-exempt corporation. IEAS’s current mission is the care and welfare of its animal inhabitants, as well as educating the public about their needs. The inhabitants include bobcats, cougars, lions, tigers and bears among other species. As of September 2014, 40 felines 3 coatis, a lemur, a capybara and 29 bears call IEAS home, with spacious habitats, pools and houses. The employees and volunteers who care for the animals give of their time and talents to ensure the quality of life to which they are entitled. Not only is the sanctuary home to 74 exotic animals, but it is also a place providing education and conservation. The International Exotic Animal Sanctuary started the Intern Program in 2002. The program was a success from the beginning and has attracted students from all over the United States. The American Association of Zoo Keepers, Inc. (AAZK) honored IEAS with the Certificate of Merit for Zookeeper Education (CMZE). The purpose of the award is to recognize individuals, institutions and organizations in the zoological community most actively promoting educational programs for zookeepers. Purpose of the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary The purpose and goals of IEAS are to provide a permanent sanctuary for exotic animals that have been abused, abandoned, neglected, confiscated, or previously owned by people unwilling or unable to provide for these magnificent beings. Additionally, IEAS educates the public through school programs, tour lectures, support for conservation programs, and public appearances about the value and worth of these sensitive, intelligent and perceptive animals, so that their future, as an important part of our world, is ensured. We are committed to strengthening and promoting conservation education and other avenues to foster conservation in which we can participate. Our major goal is to give the resident animals the best quality of life we can give them in captivity through our Emotional Enrichment Program, which deals with the emotional well-being of each individual animal and its individual emotional needs. We do this to fill the need to reduce stress and agitation, give each animal the best life it can have in captivity, and by understanding what is required to achieve that goal.
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The facebook photo was uploaded late Saturday, supposedly taken near Kosse, Texas, which is in the east central part of the state (not near the borders where we might expect jaguars to cross over). But as we covered before, jaguars do sometimes roam through the southern states and CAN be melanistic. This does not appear to be a black mountain lion (and there is no documentation of such a thing anyway). Is this a hoax? Is it real? As Mike says, if it’s real, it’s interesting. We’re hoping for more info to come out or else we are left with another dead end.
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The pictures below represent some of our success stories in rehabilitating cats that came to the Sanctuary either resentful of humans or aggressive towards humans. They did not trust humans and therefore considered humans as adversaries. With our unique behavioral enrichment program based on affection, love, and respect, you can see how their attitudes have changed.

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