But because there are far more bully breed owners than exotic mammal owners, few have bothered to examine the claims being made about them. Female dogs usually have one or … Surprisingly, there were zero fatalities in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012, but 2 in 2013. In the last 25 years (1990-2014) two people have been killed by non-licensed pet owners' animals. The North American Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA) reported that the pet health insurance sector for the U.S. and Canada posted a combined gross written premium of $1.42 billion in 2018, up from $1.15 billion in 2017. The three victims were possibly intoxicated and/or high on marijuana and possibly were taunting the tiger, prompting it to climb out of its enclosure and pursue them. The true scale and value are unknown, but what we have learned is staggering. Wow,your article makes me want to raise a lion or tiger. March 31, 2003 Hennepin, IL: As William Olsen entered their pen to shift them to another enclosure, he was mauled to death by two tigers he kept in a backyard menagerie. The boy’s uncle, James Marshall Eller, heard Clayton scream and saw the tiger dragging the boy into its cage. Pfaff opened the cage door to the jaguar enclosure and violated two zoo protocol rules in doing so. I've compiled and thoroughly examined not only cases of captive exotic felines killing humans, but ‘severe’ injuries sustained as a result of animal attacks as well. Big cats are inherently dangerous but that doesn't mean they can't be maintained safely and responsibly in a captive environment. She was alone at the facility at the time. How well a big cat works with humans is often dependent on the individual personalities of the animals. The tiger in this incident was underweight and poorly cared for, although the body wasn't consumed. The victim was not in the cage, but was bitten severely enough to die from loss of blood. Thank you. After the Sheriff made a statement clearing the record, the LA Times reporter said to one of our people, "if there is no negligence, there isn't story" and she left without reporting anything else. To provide a shock value photo that doesn't apply to the subject (exotic cat incidences) being discussed at all? Dog bite-related human fatalities have always been exceedingly rare, though they can attract the kind of publicity that creates an impression that they are more prevalent than they actually are. All zoos that are accredited by the AZA are also USDA licensed. Hi Melissa~ I appreciate the work that you have done to come up with the graphs and other information in this article. All of these numbers are approximations to account for any errors I might have made with the numbers or appropriate categorization, and the undeniable presence of less serious attacks that have not been documented online. But then again I am certain that 'you know better. How many fatalities were caused by "pet" big cats? Police shot and killed both tigers in order to retrieve the body. The reports suggest she was inexperienced with the animal as she was described as 'scared', causing the lion to react and attack. Exotic cats can be properly maintained in spacious enclosures of, yes, the backyards of private owners. Animals may become aggressive, grow very large, live for a long time or require a licence or paperwork to be legally kept or sold. Groups like the Humane Society often paint the impression that tigers and lions are causally purchased by 'regular' people as one might a dog or cat. My beliefs are subject to change based on available evidence. No incidences were placed in more than one category. Why shouldn't these animals be raised by humans in a controlled and much smaller area than they naturally should be. © "A lock out cage used to separate animals from the main enclosure was able to be forced open by the lion and he attacked his keeper, probably due to territorial instinct. Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on May 27, 2016: Nah, sometimes animals just do things for no reason. There was a cougar that killed a woman in Calif. Since this number also includes deaths occurring in zoos, this number is not worrisome at all for exotic pet owners, considering the statistical negligibility of 3.5 … She also had 250 hours of supervised training with us before the accident happened. We will never know how or why she forgot to close the guillotine door to the lock-out before entering the main enclosure. The tiger put his paw on the man’s back, pushed him down, and bit his throat. After the accident was investigated, The Fresno County Sheriff, USDA, California Fish and Wildlife and OSHA all came to the same conclusion- Dianna Hanson left the guillotine door open and made a horrible human error. Roland: Read Melissa's articles about that, I think you have much to learn. E. of Sandstone) MN: Cindi Gamble was mauled by one of her tigers at the USDA inspected Center for Endangered Cats (this is an example of a licensed exotic pet owner that I do not list as a public zoo) that she co-owned with Craig Wagner. https://discover.hubpages.com/education/Wild-Cats-... Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on April 10, 2015: I understand this idea. Statistics compiled by an advocacy organization indicate a yearly average of less than 3.5 fatalities per year in the United States; and another lists 87 exotic … (Boston Globe) As the US pet ownership statisticsfor 2015report, every day more and more Americans are getting exotic animals as pets. There are approximately 70 million pet dogs and 74.1 million pet cats in the U.S. where 20 men and women are assaulted per minute (an average of around 10 million a year). Elephant. This was the second incident at the Second Nature Exotic Cats Sanctuary (see May 26, 2002/Hennepin, Ill.). Caring for exotics can be challenging and expensive. So, are the low death rates occurring after the Big Cat Safety Act due to more regulation and bans, or are they just a coincidence? Another death that has occurred while the keeper was feeding the animal in the enclosure alone, which is extremely dangerous. She was visiting her son who worked there and had gone to feed the animals, which she reportedly had done before. Injuries to humans may be relatively common, but reported yearly deaths due to exotic pet ownership are rare. We have spent countless hours trying to get people to know what really happened. The press believed him because he was a governmental official and they were looking for anything to print. If Big Cat Rescue has chosen to include any negative incident involving captive big cats, the list will be extremely inaccurate because not every little scratch, small pet escape, or animal abandonment will be accessible online, just as they wouldn't be for dogs and cats, which are routinely involved in the same types of 'incidences'. Scatter plot for exotic cat injuries and fatalities. This is unlike the smaller exotic cats that are often … There was a problem. I found a few that weren't on either. This statement is incorrect and you have quoted initial knee-jerk false media information. ", "May 28, 2003 Nampa, ID: At a roadside zoo called For the Birds, where visitors are allowed to pet tigers, a toddler was jumped on and licked by a 170-pound tiger. We know for a fact that the guillotine door was found in the fully open position and because of the way it operates, it would be impossible for the lion to have opened the door. During the autopsy, a coroner found that the man had suffered numerous puncture wounds and a broken neck. I also couldn't find any details about the lioness that 'attacked a man' after it was set free, allegedly by a bugler. This is not the first time I've noticed deceptive tactics from Big Cat Rescue—another example is the listings on their page 911 Animal Abuse. Read the following FAQs to learn more about the exotic pet … In my research, escaped animals tend to be more deadly if the victim is in the direct vicinity of its enclosure. All dog owners have an unequivocal responsibility for the humane care, including providing a license and permanent id, spaying or neutering their dogs, providing training, socialization, proper diet, and medical care, and not allowing a pet to become a threat or a nuisance.". For instance, reptiles can carry salmonella bacteria, and monkeys can carry the herpes B virus, both of which can be deadly in humans. Approximately 44% of all households in the United States have a dog, and 35% have a cat. We analyze the pet care market, pet insurance, & the number of pets. According to estimates in the US as of 2018, there are... 2. Born Free data indicates several harmful interactions between humans and these wild animals, with one incident involving a 4-year-old boy in Texas who was hospitalized after being mauled by a pet mountain lion kept by his aunt. Exotic cat incidences compared to domesticated dogs. Regardless, the zoo was at fault for the enclosure failing to be escape-proof. The total number of pets … Lost islands beneath the North Sea survived a mega-tsunami 8,000 years ago, Drone catches Arecibo Observatory's last moments, Biblical Goliath may not have been a giant, Mysterious black spot in polar explorer's diary offers gruesome clue to his fate. Regardless, I've updated everything. The 250-pound tiger snatched the boy from the arms of an adult, clamped down on his leg, and dragged him around the enclosure, causing head injuries. set loose his menagerie of lions, tigers, bears, monkeys and other animals, Captive-Bred Wildlife Registration Program, 10 Deadly Diseases That Hopped Across Species, Scientists just mapped 1 million new galaxies, in 300 hours, Black holes may not exist, but fuzzballs might, wild theory suggests. Please deactivate your ad blocker in order to see our subscription offer. We can determine from the data that irresponsible conduct around cats puts individuals at the highest risk of injury. Dale Anderson Executive Director Project Survival, 10 Small Exotic Cats That Are Kept As Pets, April 6, 2006, Duxbury (15 Mi. Exotic Animal Park. Thank you Melissa for the correction. Another handler was hospitalized with injuries to his knees and puncture wounds. Hi Melissa~ I work with Dale at Project Survival and am sending you the links to the correct reports. Mean and Median of Fatalities per year: 1. It is unclear why the zookeeper entered the animal’s enclosure while the jaguar was in it. Despite the extreme rarity of fatalities and injuries to people who are not in the cage with or in very close proximity to the animals, common sense regulations that address both safety and animal welfare can be carried out in all states that can lower even these numbers yet allow citizens their freedom or choice in business or lifestyle opportunities involving exotic animals. Animal Intervention . This statement cannot be determined by their list because it includes a vague criteria for the 'incidences' and depends on the internet or their personal knowledge for information. However, the Pet Food Manufacturers Association (PFMA) Annual Pet Survey (2018-19) estimated that 300,000 tortoises, 300,000 lizards, 200,000 snakes, 100,000 frogs and toads and 500,000 ‘indoor’ birds … Big cat attacks are mostly preventable, human error and direct contact playing the biggest part in injurious attacks. When you say attacked, it sounds gruesome, but it sounds like he just knocked her down and broke her neck.". Circus killed a trainer Wayne Franzen in front of 200 horrified schoolchildren. The number of households in the US that own an exotic pet rose from 2.8 million in 1994 to 5.6 million in 20… Also, why is there a photo of Charla Nash, victim of a chimpanzee attack, posted on the page with the vague caption "Mauled by a Privately Owned Exotic Pet Who Escaped"? But it was too late to save the boy. The incident happened Tuesday (Oct. 18) when resident Terry Thompson set loose his menagerie of lions, tigers, bears, monkeys and other animals from their cages before committing suicide. At the time, USGE was one of the nation’s largest sellers of exotic animals to distributors and pet stores around the world. Securing this information of attacks from any non-domesticated feline over a 25 year span out of all 50 states, despite the fact that I have little doubt that many less severe incidences went unreported, is highly revealing about the threat that captive big cats pose towards the public when they are maintained under traditional 'dangerous animal' standards. This is an extremely important question. No one was at fault in this case. Future US, Inc. 11 West 42nd Street, 15th Floor, October 29, 2008, Broken Arrow, OK: A liger named Rocky may be killed for mauling to death a volunteer named Peter Getz who walked in the cage while feeding the cat a deer carcass. They have the same needs as in the wild, which must be met in captivity by law under the Animal Welfare Act. Here is a graphic from the network's website that lists the numbers of individual large exotic pet-inflicted injuries and fatalities. NY 10036. Find statistics for U.S.pet ownership, including cats, dogs, birds, and exotic animals. This incident was a tragedy entirely due to human error. "In 2001, a leopard attacked a child at a birthday party, and Ms. Oltz got probation.". From what I understand she was allowed to enter the enclosure with the guillotine door closed? Born Free USA, a nonprofit advocacy organization that strives to end the ownership of wild animals, has documented some 1,500 attacks, including 75 human deaths, escapes and other incidents involving exotic pets since 1990, according to MyHealthNewsDaily. Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on July 27, 2016: Joe Exotic: I believe that statement was taken from the words of one of your employees. For example, just the illegal wildlife business including both dead and live animals is estimated to be between $10 - 20 billion a year. I organized the events according to the nature of the facility and situation leading up to the attack to look for interesting trends. Attacks Since 1990 (including fatalities), The type of species involved (what cat was the most common attacker? Turning your back on a big cat is a fatal error. When risky enclosure entering is attempted, handlers should be aware of the animal at all times. It was also reported that she was showing the lion to her Italian boyfriend. Dianna was a good keeper and just made a mistake. These incidences have nothing to do with privately owned pets. The boy, Clayton James Eller, was shoveling snow Sunday afternoon near the tiger’s cage, an enclosure made of chain link “This little boy got too close, and it pulled him under the fence,” Coroner Howard Laney said. PETA’s undercover investigation of U.S. Dog and exotic cat fatalities and injuries are rare. A man named Ram Lakhan Verma was a politician affiliated with a political party in India … It's a $15 billion dollar business in the United States alone, with breeders and dealers selling animals over the Internet or in trade magazines. I've written this article honestly, and I obviously support pet ownership, including larger, more dangerous species, if it is ethically and responsibly conducted. Various lizards, snakes, and turtles are bought on a daily basis. I love Big Cats, but they are not to be trifled with. Please refresh the page and try again. Big Cat Rescue states that no one knows how many "backyard" owners that aren't licensed exist in America. What matters is the public safety threat, not fantasy hypothetical situations. Note: You can use ctrl + F to locate these incidences on the list. April 29, 1997, Oklahoma City, OK: A leopard escaped from his cage killed a woman Eunice Esquivel at an exotic animal “sanctuary.” Sheriff’s deputies shot and killed the leopard seven hours later when he was found along a road nearly a half-mile from Oak Hill Center for Rare and Endangered Species. I've created a prototype of how dangerous exotic pet laws can be shaped without banning them . It is even easier for anyone who does not want to put themselves at risk to stay out of the cage. In terms of big cat-related fatalities, the majority occur in USDA facilities, and there are far more of these unaccredited (by AZA) facilities than there are AZA-accredited facilities. The baby red kangaroo, which is not yet weaned and still needs milk, was purchased as a pet from the Outback Kangaroo Farm in Arlington on Monday and … March 25, 2001 Las Vegas, NV: A tiger with Safari Wildlife attacked and killed his handler Eric Bloom. Exotic cat incidences compared to domesticated dogs. James Eller is the brother of the two women. This is probably due to territorial instincts. This accident occurred in a USDA-licensed facility, and the circumstances behind it are not clear. White tiger shows off teeth. February 24, 2007, Denver, CO: A 27-year-old Denver Zookeeper, Ashlee Pfaff, who has worked at the zoo for a year, was mauled to death by a 6 yr old, 140 lb jaguar named Jorge as she was working inside the animal’s cage. Including any negative incident involving exotic cats is too broad of a category, and surely many scenarios of this nature don't make the news. In addition to state-by-state variability in captive wildlife regulation in general, an exemption in the Captive-Bred Wildlife Registration Program currently allows people in the United States to own so-called generic tigers; these are tigers that can't be identified as being from one of the known subsecies (Bengal, Sumatran, Siberian/Amur or Indochinese). First I used Big Cat Rescue's list, then I examined PETA's 'Big Cat Incident List' compilation and found around ten injuries that weren't on Big Cat Rescue's document. The escape of 50 exotic animals near Zanesville, Ohio, last month brought into the spotlight the complex issues, as well as dangers, of keeping wild animals as domestic pets. … In order to verify the claim that 'captive exotic cats are dangerous to the public' and people's fears that privately owned big cats may escape and cause fatalities such as domesticated dogs do annually, we need to assess how many of these incidences actually involved someone that did not make the decision to visit the animal, either caged or directly contacted. I was very, very lenient with adding incidences to the list. Did he hit her? Dogs are also more likely to cause injury because they are traditionally less confined and allowed access to children (the most common victims), but unless there are prospects for big cat owners to start treating lions like pomeranians in the future, this is irrelevant. March 6, 2013 Fresno, CA: A 24-year-old intern named Dianna Hanson was mauled to death while inside a cage with a four-year-old male lion named Cous Cous. The cat was kept behind the family’s home in a cage that allowed the family dog to run in and out of the cage. News reports stated that fire crews have had a difficult time reaching the worker because there are several cats loose within the enclosure where Chapman was found dead. Whether not a mistake was made is not clear. You should never turn your back to a big cat. I saw Born Free. Cheetahs and other exotic cats not considered 'big cats' are substantially less dangerous. Hanson was the victim of an occupational hazard and human error. If Big Cat Rescue is correct in their position, they should not need to skew their data so blatantly. Throughout my research, unsurprisingly, as the dates got earlier, it became more difficult to verify the incidences. From Big Cat Rescue's Big Cat Attacks list, I removed: Because my sample size only contains incidences occurring in the United States (the country of which the regulations are being proposed and where private exotic pet owners are prominent) in the range of 1990 to 2014, I removed all the incidences in foreign countries which reduced the list substantially. We can expect injury rates to appear to correlate with years where the internet is more common in society, as we are using mostly internet sources for the data. King intentionally climbed over a 3 1/2-foot barrier, crossed a four-foot-wide dirt buffer, dropped down a nine-foot wall into a water-filled moat, and swam 26 feet across the moat to reach the lion's enclosure. The victim had expressed concerns about her safety prior to the day of the incident. The lion DID NOT lift the door and in fact, both the USDA veterinarian and Project Survival Cat Haven private veterinarian made statements that it was physically impossible for the lion to have lifted the heavy guillotine door. The Canine Research Council has this to say about dog bite-related fatalities: "Dog bite-related fatalities are extremely rare. TORCH, Ohio October 22, 1992: A "liger," a cross between a lion and a tiger, dragged a keeper into its cage at a safari park and killed him, authorities said. Included are even casual statements from individuals (ex. We can never know for sure what causes unprovoked spontaneous attacks by human-socialized animals as no animals are 100% predictable. Remove the word 'dog' and put in 'exotic cat'. She went to pet a female lion when she was attacked by the male. Big cats can (and have) eaten people. Via Flickr Tambako The Jaguar (CC BY-ND 2.0). Unfortunately, many consumers remain unaware of the origins of exotic pets, how the exotic pet trade affects wild populations, and how to care for exotic pets. Big Cats. February 13, 2004, Elizabethtown, IL (AP): A 52-year-old Hardin County man (Allison Brent Abell) who kept exotic animals was apparently attacked and killed Thursday by a pet African lion, authorities said. The exotic pet industry involves well over 1,000 species including invertebrates, fi shes, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals in a global market of many millions of animals annually. While animals like servals and caracals are most definitely not big cats, I left them in. Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on December 02, 2016: L Haas read the title, this article isn't about that. What we should do: Appropriately-designed regulations can make rare big cat attack incidences even rarer. Thanks for the correction Dale Anderson, do you have any links I can post? Some of this trade is legal, but many times animals are captured from the wild illegally to supply demand for exotic pets. Diana Renner (30) was mauled by Clem Dubose's privately owned lion when she inexplicably stepped into the cage while Dubose and a neighbor were renovating the enclosure. (Source: American Pet Products Association 2015-2016 (APPA)) Approximately 40% of dog owners and 46% of cat owners learned about their pet … This will decrease the margin of error and make the results completely relevant to our current standards of captive animal care. I would like to know when and who was mauled by a six month old tiger and blood was everywhere at G.W. October 10, 2001 Lee County, TX: A 3-year-old boy was killed by one of three of a relative’s (Kerry Quinney) “pet” tigers as he was about to have his picture taken with the animals. Many big cat attacks that did not involve an incredibly severe injury or a fatality appear to be non-existent online, but all fatalities were documented online. The territorial instincts of animals that are not used to human interaction took over and she was killed. The booming business in exotic pets is known as the exotic pet trade. All the same criteria applies, with possibly the exception of neutering and licensing (big cats should be registered with their prospective states). Now for a discussion of the fatal attacks that have occurred in the USA in the last 25 years due to a non-domesticated feline. The tiger was shot dead. The man had suffered a fatal bite to his neck and severe injuries to his head, arm, and ribs. It can, has, and is being done for conservation, personal pleasure and educational reasons, but many of the best caretakers generally turn themselves into 'sanctuaries' in order to avoid falling victim to exotic animal bans. You make it sound like 'there is no such thing as a feral/wild/bad lion or tiger, just a bad owner. Additional information: I could not confirm that the panther that attacked Frank Harmes was an actual escaped captive animal. Exotic Animal Park saying that just last month he was mauled by a six-month-old tiger and that “There was blood everywhere. We already know that attacks are rare to begin with, particularly if you aren't getting in the cage with a big cat or sticking your hand in, but how rare are incidences of escaped cats causing injuries or fatalities? I left in any ‘injury’ that I couldn’t confirm as non-serious (here is an example of an omitted attack "suffered no visible injuries"), and I attempted to verify all incidences through a non-biased source. Millions of animals are forced into the exotic pet trade every year for the purpose of becoming someone's pet or entertaining th… The handler died within minutes from loss of blood. The friend was severely injured when he tried to stop the attack. Of this number, 89 occurred in zoos, and 50 of these zoos were or are AZA accredited. Also, smaller reports on animal attacks are more readily accessible when they are domestic. Live Science is part of Future US Inc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. "He came out of the cage and saw somebody. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has proposed to ban this "loophole.". Given the inherent danger of big cats (NOT small to medium-sized cats and cheetahs), this is surprising. I could not find any information about the 1997 Oregon woman so I just assumed she was not involved with the animal. I have no plans at this point in owning, breeding, or "exploiting" any big cats other than attending zoos. Experienced zookeeper David Marshall ignored warning signs that the tiger was present in the enclosure and entered it, inexplicably. It is unclear to me if the tiger was in the same cage as Lowe and his coworker, but it sounds like they had entered the cage to make repairs. Many facilities that are called pet owners by activists are licensed or registered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which is a requirement for commercial exhibitors. The fatality rate, which is far more reliable in terms of actually obtaining all the incidences, has no significant trend. ", "A pet serval was turned in, no questions asked, at an exotic pet amnesty day sponsored by the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission. Outside of human owners being injured you don't talk much about how bored these cats are in their artificial and small environments. Some incidences on the list did not state the name of the facility or owner, and I couldn't determine the nature of the situation. It was a total, total mess!”) that they just happened to find. Then, I removed the big cat ‘incidences’ that did not result in human injury or death, such as escaped and confiscated animals. A common theme of these severe attacks are people entering the enclosure inexplicably. While bans on exotic cats remove all private owners from the equation, good and bad, licensed exhibitors, 'sanctuaries', and accredited zoos, which are a significant portion of the injuries and fatalities, are not harmed by them. The fact that we … I will have to update the pie graph because I do not have that incident listed as 'keeper forgets to lock door'. animals who are treated wrong will show you wrong. I guess that it's nurture not nature with these cats. The ecological impact of the exotic pet trade. Authorities had little choice but to shoot and kill nearly 50 of the untamed animals before they injured people. This is one example of the inherent risks that is involved when working with big cats. I believe that the truth supports my arguments, and that's why I harbor my brand of opinions. “The other girl who was there grabbed a shovel and joined in and beat the tigers to get them away from her and that’s when they removed the deceased’s left arm.” Bracket was brought to Tulsa for treatment, but she died. The above statement, Big Cat Rescue supported with big cat 'incidences' in the USA that includes at least 80 zoological facilities and at least 49 of these (more than half) were or are currently accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Many of these facilities were justifiably closed. The reported care of the animals suggests extremely irresponsible pet care standards. The importance of sturdy, well-made cages that adhere to the appropriate regulations and the use of staff or owners who are of the appropriate age to be the only individuals working with or maintaining large exotic felines cannot be underestimated. They succumb to the temptation of purchasing critters, reptiles, amphibians and other exotic … A call for better regulation of all facilities holding dangerous cats can likely be effective at lowering death and injury rates. The animal killed its trainer a few weeks prior. What's more concerning, PETA's list had another 11 year old victim, in a similar scenario, with a date that was one day away, only the child was attacked by a leopard. No uninvolved person has been killed by an escaped exotic cat in the last 25 years, and this time span probably extends much further. I also wanted to add~ When we feed the cats, we do not have direct contact but feed them in a "lock-out" system, never coming into contact with the cats. PETA's list (download) is superior because it only includes USA-based incidences but still has non-injurious attacks (including the 'licking' incident). The term "intern" does not always indicate the absence of experience. 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