We have named this cub (Lucky) as he survived whatever fate happened to his Mom. He is tiny, maybe 12 Lbs. He wandered into Mitchell and 2 different residents shot at it with rifles and others threw rocks at him. He survived as all week we rallied to get a Big Cat Rescue Sanctuary and to catch the cub.
The Sheriff's office caught him in Friday Nov 24th and when the Cat Rescue and Oregon Zoo inquired on how to go about getting the Cub they were shocked to have The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife cite the below law and tell them they were gonna take care of this!!!
I urge everyone to act fast to save Lucky. Picket the ODFW if anyone knows a lawyer that would do a pro-bono injunction to stop this travesty please email Michelle at The Portland Zoo or Tammy at "The Wildcat Sanctuary" < firstname.lastname@example.org>
THE COPY OF THE LAW THAT STATES THEY CAN KILL THIS CUB!!!
Cougar Kitten Placement Procedure
When a cougar kitten is brought into captivity because of illegal or
unfortunate events, ODFW will 1) determine within 48 hours whether
an AZA accredited facility is available and place the animal, or 2)
humanely euthanize the animal. The contact for placement is Michele
Shireman, AZA Felid Taxon Advisory Group Puma Population Manager,
Oregon Zoo Hospital & Quarantine Keeper 503-226-1561 x5231.
Available facilities are predetermined via frequent AZA meetings and
kept in a record that identifies which AZA accredited facilities
are requesting a cougar and when they are able to receive the
animal. If a facility is available, the Puma Population Manager
will assist ODFW with timely arrangements and transport details
concerning the receiving facility. All required permits, and
associated costs will be assumed by the receiving institution.
No AZA accredited institution is available to accept the animal(s):
Animals should be humanely euthanized as quickly as possible if no
facility is available to accept the animal. This decision should
be made jointly by the field biologist/district supervisor and
department veterinarian. If the animal is not already in the
custody of the ODFW veterinarian, the animal can be transported to
the ODFW veterinarian for the euthanasia procedure or other
arrangements can be made through a cooperating veterinarian. The
events leading to the final outcome of placement or euthanasia will
be recorded in daily notes by the keeper of the animal and
forwarded to the regional supervisor and Division headquarters
(Wildlife Division Administrator, Deputy Administrator, Game Program
Manager, and Cougar Program Staff Biologist). The regional
communications coordinator and ODFW veterinarian will field any
questions via the following talking points and knowledge of the
case. • Although people often feel they are protecting or saving
animals they feel may be orphaned, it is in fact illegal to remove
any live wildlife from the wild in Oregon. Further, most animals
though to be orphaned are actually not orphaned and removing them
from the wild ultimate is the least humane thing that can be done.
THIS CUB WAS NOT TAKEN FROM THE WILD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!