Originally Posted by sarahp
Can you ask your neighbours to contact the council supporting your keeping the cats? Surely if the neighbours who see how you keep them, and would be most "at risk" should Carmelo go into a wild frenzy and tear down the enclosure (
) fully support it, it has to be a help?
Thanks for the pics as well. They are such gorgeous creatures! Carmelo has THE most beautiful, expressive face, I am so in love with him!
Just a thought.... how do you get zoo status?
Can you apply to become a zoo? Would that cost a fortune to you? Surely you could keep them then!
As for council, I don't have them here. We have trustees, because this isn't a city or a village, it's a township. As for the zoo status, it wouldn't be hard. I would need to get a USDA license as well. However, even though I live out in the country/township, they still have zoning laws. Since I have just under 1 acre of land, which is fine for what I have now, the zoning would not allow me to become zoo or sanctuary status. However, if I can find a place with 5 or more acres, then they can NOT regulate me. Of course, that 5 acres would not be in this township. My tax money will go to a place that has no problems with me and my cats. The township next to me has NO zoning at all. I just wish I had known about zoning before I moved here. I did the research, read the state revised code and somehow missed the zoning part. Townships in this state, can not pass any ordinances. My neighbors can make as much noise as they want, can ride dirt bikes, snowmobiles and 4 wheelers in their yard and even in the street. And here is the best part. They CAN...yes CAN shoot guns on their property, but my cats don't fit in with their zoning. Now you tell me, what is more dangerous, the guns or my cats. Of course, they would more than likely tell me that guns don't kill people, people kill people. My reply would be, zone out people
In fact, this past May, we had a MURDER in this township, just across the swamp/wetlands from me. Now, something like this is very rare here. In fact, I think they said it had been 30 years since something like this happened. But still, a gun was used. Now, since this is mainly a rural area, here is some more interesting facts. A lady was killed when she hit a horse that was running loose. A farm had a BISON escape. It rammed a sheriff's cruiser as they were attempting to capture it. This farm was in state violation of an escape, but he just got a small fine and had to pay for the damages to the car. This gets me to thinking, what is more dangerous, a horse, bison or bobcat. If a car hit my bobcat if it got loose, the bobcat would be the one to suffer, not the driver. I would like to see my bobcats ram a police car, that would be a sight wouldn't it? Now a cougar yes, there is more of a risk, but not much. Horses are VERY dangerous, yet we let kids ride them, that is ok. As for the dangers of a cougar, here is an interesting fact (If I can find the source that I got this from, I will post it for all to read). In the last 100 years, there had been only 15...yes 15 reported deaths caused by WILD cougars across all of North America. I think this includes Canada as well. Deer caused like 10,000 deaths. (I believe I have this number correct. I will try to find it, but it was in the thousands) Yes...deer!! In the same time, the number of people killed by domestic dogs was also well into the thousands!! Now, I am in no way trying to say dogs should be banned, I am just pointing out the facts. Trying to let you know the truth, not the lies you hear and read from the media and AR (Animal Rights) people. As for those 15 cougar deaths. I am sure the majority of those were caused by a female who had cubs, whom she was trying to protect.
|John, I simply can't believe how much Carmelo has grown!
Oh yeah, he is a BIG boy now. The last time I weighed him, a little over a month ago, he was close to 96 pounds. I know he is over 100 pounds now, but he is still the lover he has always been. However, it is very close to that time, when he will need an outdoor enclosure. So, even when and if I do get more land, he won't be sleeping in bed with us like he does now. I know the trustees will not budge with Carmelo. So, he will live at our friends place until we relocate. Like I said, they don't live that far, about a 2 hour drive. There is someone there all the time, so he won't be lonely and he will see other cougars too. (He always had a good time, when we brought him there for a visit) Now, lets just hope all these good TCS vibes work out for the bobcats