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Yeeeee Haaaaa! That was one dangerous cat.

MOORPARK, Calif. The tiger that was shot and killed while roaming Ventura County reportedly had been declawed and apparently was raised in captivity.

K-CAL T-V reports a necropsy determined that the tiger also weighed about 350 pounds rather than the original estimate of about 425 pounds. But state officials argued that the big cat could still be dangerous.

Note: The trackers at the scene reported the cat weighed 650 Lb. This cat was about the same size as your average deskbound computer geek.

Government trackers shot the black and orange cat Wednesday morning as it came within several hundred yards of soccer and baseball fields at the edge of a housing development in Moorpark. They had been following its paw prints for more than a week.

The baseball and soccer fields were empty,and everyone was indoors

Meanwhile, tonight, about 100 people held a candlelight vigil in Moorpark to protest the animal's killing. One protester held a sign that read "Goodbye beautiful animal."

I would have been there had I known about the event - I plan to find out how such things are organized - not that I ever hope to need that information again.

However, having been a government employee for 22 years, I also know the system. There was, unfortunately, no way to prevent this. Any controls put in place to protect the animal would be considered dangerous to the trackers, and would be ruled by whatever powers there were to be unusable.

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c_eagle March 3rd, 2005
Where was it the animal came from... did they get a definitive on that?

F&G have stopped releasing any information

titanic March 5th, 2005
Apparently they want this news story to go away, so the only official information is a recording of the original 911 call. Everything you get now is merely a response to someone calling Fish & Game and being told they acted properly and to shut up about it.


dustmeat March 3rd, 2005
And yet...and yet...if a 350 lb. DOG were on the loose they would not have shot it at all.

California is bad - but Apparently it's worse where YOU are

titanic March 6th, 2005
For every Tiger living in the wild, there are 20 living in captivity - in Texas alone. Something like 7,000 of them, Mostly under conditions far from adequate. Not only do their lives suck, but a alot of them are "Mutts" and are cross breeds of different subspecies. No good for a zoo and certainly no good for reintroducing a wild population. All you can do is neuter them and let them live their lives out in a sanctuary.

I wish I go up and see these guys again next week - but they are not where you can see them except for the special Twilight tours. I'm not yet in a position where I can actually volunteer to help at a place like this - yet.

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