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    Male African lion thought to be roaming the woods of WV

    Has anyone else heard about this?
    There has been little news about it and I haven't heard if they've caught it yet. This is weird! The lion had to have been a pet. Why would someone just turn it loose?! Stupid humans! I'm sure that turning it loose can't be good for the lion...way too cold in WV for a lion right now....and you know it can't be good for anyone who may run into him in the woods! I'd pee myself right where I stood!

    At the end of the article, it says some men now want to hunt for it to kill it. They had better not kill it! Again, stupid humans!
    I kind of like the fact that now this hunter knows what it feels like to be come the hunted. He said he was shaken by this lion, bears don't bother him, but this lion did. Now he knows how the animals feel when he murders them. Poetic justice, if you ask me.


    http://www.register-herald.com/local...296231548.html

    Another artcile on this...
    http://sports.espn.go.com/outdoors/g...ory?id=3081071
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    From the first link:
    On Tuesday, Shortridge escorted a Register-Herald reporter, along with his daughter, Kathy Hunter, and officials from the Tiger Mountain Refuge in Rainelle to the area where he last saw the animal. Tiger Mountain Refuge is a nonprofit organization that locates and rescues exotic animals and provides them with safe, permanent homes.

    Owner John Forga wants to capture the lion and take it to his wildlife sanctuary in Nicholas County, which is already home to more than 60 animals, including a grown tiger and “Alex,” a 600-pound African lion. Forga said the lion they are searching for was probably an abandoned pet.

    “If it was a pet, then chances are the lion was declawed and defanged,” Forga said during the trip to Big Roaring Creek. “The chances of it surviving in the wild are slim to none, and it may be helpless.”

    After turning off U.S. 219, Shortridge traveled about 13 miles deep into the woods before coming to his property. There, Shortridge and Forga looked for signs of the animal, but no tracks were found because of a deep layer of freshly fallen leaves. Forga then dumped about 20 pounds of raw chicken onto the ground and sprayed a bottle of cologne on surrounding trees.

    “If the lion is here, it will need nutrients and the chicken will provide that, plus it will give an indication that someone wants to feed it, so it will come back,” Forga said. “The cologne is used as a curiosity scent to attract the lion. The lion hopefully will claw the trees that have been scented and give us an indication he’s here.



    It sounds as if Forga knows what he's doing. Hopefully, he'll be able to catch it and move it to the refuge. I just don't understand people who get exotic pets without realizing they grow up. I knew a guy (now deceased) who had lions and tigers, along with a number of other exotic animals, but he was licensed and got them when they were confiscated from illegal owners. They were used for study.

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    Well, I certainly hope these guys find it before any hunters do! I love lions, they are my favorite wild animal and I hate to see them get hurt.
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    last I heard, all the cameras and motion detectors that had been placed to catch an image of him had been vandalized. According to that article (I'll go look for it), they have pulled out of the area and have stopped the search unless there is another credible sighting of it.

    It gets cold up there, not sure he can make it this winter....

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    Road trip! I can see me now...walking through the woods..."here kitty kitty....pssssssst"

    Who's in?

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    More proof of West Virginia inbreeding:

    ...“Chances are the lion was declawed and defanged,” Forga said....

    Forga said, "...The lion hopefully will claw the trees that have been scented and give us an indication he’s here."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linda7NJ View Post
    Road trip! I can see me now...walking through the woods..."here kitty kitty....pssssssst"

    Who's in?
    This lion is in such a remote area - my dad and I was discussing this - this lion could live a natural life in this area (assuming it's possible) and never be seen by a human. It is wild terrain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nova View Post
    More proof of West Virginia inbreeding:
    I think that was an unnecessary comment.

    A cat will still "claw" out of instinct even without claws. There was an article that mentioned he could see evidence of that (even without actual claw marks) if you know what to look for. He's actually a very nice man trying to save exotic animals that all the "inbreeds" in this country try to keep as pets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LisainWV View Post
    I think that was an unnecessary comment...
    If I restricted my posts to necessary comments, Tricia would suddenly have a lot of unused bandwidth on her hands. I can't do that to her.

    (ETA: I've seen the residual behavior you describe in declawed domestic cats, but I believe that, technically, they "paw" objects, they don't "claw" them. But please forgive me, I should have known a "Lion on the Lam" thread was a very serious one.)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nova View Post
    If I restricted my posts to necessary comments, Tricia would suddenly have a lot of unused bandwidth on her hands. I can't do that to her.

    (ETA: I've seen the residual behavior you describe in declawed domestic cats, but I believe that, technically, they "paw" objects, they don't "claw" them. But please forgive me, I should have known a "Lion on the Lam" thread was a very serious one.)
    I don't think it's a serious issue - we've all had a lot of fun talking about it at work - and it is what it is. However, I don't think it warranted a slam about West Virginia inbreeds.

    And, who gives a $h8t if he said "paws" or "claws."

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    Lisa in West Virginia (and my parents are unrelated, not even distant cousins)

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    We had a similar situation here in Palm Beach county a few years ago--A lion escaped from this guy's zoo, and unfortunately the police killed it--The owner(who once played Tarzan in the movies) was fined and the rest of his exotic zoo was almost taken away from him--sad to see any animal get killed

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    Quote Originally Posted by LisainWV View Post
    ...Lisa in West Virginia (and my parents are unrelated, not even distant cousins)
    Don't you think bragging about that rather proves my point? You know, the exception that proves the rule.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Hamilton View Post
    We had a similar situation here in Palm Beach county a few years ago--A lion escaped from this guy's zoo, and unfortunately the police killed it--The owner(who once played Tarzan in the movies) was fined and the rest of his exotic zoo was almost taken away from him--sad to see any animal get killed
    I agree that it's sad.

    A Charleston WV businessman has offered a $3,000 reward to anyone who humanely catches him alive. He's also spent about another $1500 advertising the reward.

    I personally think the elements will get this animal. If it is declawed and defanged, it will have a tough time killing and eating game.

    I know the guy at Tiger Mountain Refuge was determined to find him and put him on his reserve, but seems as though things didn't work out for that.

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