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Owner shoots escaped tiger in WVa

Dec. 01, 2008 @ 10:00 PM

CASS, W.Va. (AP) — A tiger that escaped from a West Virginia exotic animal farm has been killed.

Snowshoe Mountain Resort spokeswoman Laura Parquette says farm owner David Casell, who works at the ski area, shot the cat Monday in the Monongahela National Forest. Parquette says the tiger was reportedly near Snowshoe, but adds that it was found 6 miles or more away.

Division of Natural Resources Lt. Col. Jerry Jenkins says the agency sent an officer to help find the tiger, which searchers planned to tranquilize. Jenkins isn’t sure why it was killed.

DNR spokesman Hoy Murphy says Casell has a permit for the tiger. And Murphy notes this isn’t the first time Casell’s dealt with an escape: a 400-pound Asian brown bear got loose in May 2006 and hasn’t been seen since.



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