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4
Jan

$5,000 Reward: Dallas Tiger Killer

   Posted by: René    in Author, Tigers

On Christmas Day, the same day the tragic tiger event happened at the San Francisco Zoo, a horrific story seemed to fall through the cracks.

Tiger Found Shot To Death in Dallas, TX, the same day an escaped tiger in California kills one teenager and mauls two others.

By DAVID SCHECHTER / WFAA-TV DALLAS – Sanitation crews in Dallas made a shocking discovery after they received a call about a dead animal on Christmas Day.

A female Bengal tiger was found dead when the crews searched a wooded area near Interstate 35E and Overton Road. A city spokesperson said the tiger was shot several times. The animal, which was declawed and wearing a make-shift leash, was taken to the Dallas Zoo.

A necropsy, the animal version of an autopsy, was completed at the zoo early Thursday evening. The tiger was estimated to be around one-year-old and weighed about 180 pounds. Shell casing were found in the tiger’s chest and face. In all, there were five bullet entries. Chuck Siegel, deputy director of the Dallas Zoo, said he believes the tiger may have become more than the owner could handle.

“I find it very, very disturbing to see the nature of the collar-leash, which looks more like a bicycle cable than anything else,” he said. “And this rusted wire, which is tangled around the leash, is obviously very hazardous.”

The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and the United States Department of Agriculture are investigating the incident and searching for the owner of the tiger.

***BIG CAT RESCUE IS OFFERING A $5,000.00 REWARD FOR INFORMATION RESULTING IN THE ARREST AND CONVICTION OF THE PERSON OR PERSONS RESPONSIBLE FOR KILLING THE FEMALE TIGER WHO WAS FOUND SHOT TO DEATH IN DALLAS, TEXAS ON CHRISTMAS DAY.
EMAIL INFO AT: INFO@BIGCATRESCUE.ORG

Fast Facts

No one knows for sure how many tigers are in private hands in the US because no agency tracks that information other than Big Cat Rescue and we can only do so by gathering information from public reports.

Experts agree that the number could be as few as 5,000 up to as many as 15,000, but what we all agree on is that there should be mandatory reporting to protect the public and the animals.

At the time of this incident there are only 1,200 to 1,500 tigers left in the wild and they are being poached at a rate of one per day. None of the tigers bred in captivity are candidates for repopulating the wild however because there is no habitat for them. Until the human population explosion in their native range is brought under control there is no reason to be breeding tigers in captivity.

—>$5,000 Reward Big Cat Rescue (Another $2,000 has been added to the reward from another group)

According to reports on Big Cat Rescue, several captive big cat incidents happened in just the last few months.

The Dallas Christmas killing seems to be a case of the owner killing his overgrown pet.

More Facts

  • In sanctuaries tigers have lived more than 26 years, as compared to 15 in the wild. Tigers only live 10-12 years in zoos.
  • Last year alone, there were more than 210 million wild animals imported to the United States for zoos, exhibitions, food, research, game ranches and pets.
  • Many carry infectious diseases that can jump to humans (Zoonotic), including
    1. Hanta virus
    2. Ebola
    3. West Nile fever
    4. Bolivian hemorrhagic fever
    5. Herpes B virus (extremely dangerous to humans)
    6. H5N1 bird flu virus
    7. MonkeyPox
    8. Mystery diseases
  • 50 million people worldwide have been infected with zoonotic diseases since 2000 and as many as 78,000 have died.
  • Five of the six diseases the CDC regards as top threats to national security are zoonotic.

A wild animal will be in the bush, and in less than a week it’s in a little girl’s bedroom,” said Darin Carroll, a disease hunter with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Predictions have been made that the Royal Bengal tiger could be extinct by 2010. Ironically, this is the next ‘Year of the Tiger’.
  • The exponential growth of the human population, from 1 billion in 1900 to 6.5 billion in 2006, has led to major ecologic changes and drastic wildlife habitat reduction. Many examples of the emergence or reemergence of zoonoses related to human encroachment on wildlife habitats exist, including tuberculosis.
    (CDC report)

    Don’t Tease the Tigers

    There are about 10,000 exotic cats living in captivity in this country, bought and sold through this exotic animal trade.—and remember, less than 5,000 are left in the wild!
    There are more tigers in backyards across this country than in all the zoos together. The exotic animal trade is a 17 Billion dollar a year industry second to drugs and weapons

    Exotic Cat owners fight back with their side

    Fearless Tiger Poachers kill tiger in Chinese Zoo!

    Don’t hesitate to chime in, my friends.
    René O’Deay

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