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Tasha the Cougar Rescue
2014 Cougar Rescue StoryBobbi and her dad Richard, traveled to Ohio at the end of January 2014 to rescue Tasha, a female mountain lion who was relinquished to the state by a private owner shortly after Ohio passed landmark legislation regulating private ownership of exotics within the state. The law went into full effect on January 1st of 2014. The new legislation requires all private owners of inherently dangerous wild animals to register their animals with the state, obtain permits and insurance as well as meet enclosure guidelines for housing their wild ones. At the time, many private owners were not able to afford these necessary upgrades and either fled the state or relinquished their animals, leaving the state to deal with these abandoned exotics. The state built a multi-million dollar holding facility for animals that are at the center of this new legislation. This is where Tasha was being held before Lions Tigers & Bears intervened and helped transport her to Oregon.
Bobbi coordinated all the ins and outs of Tasha's rescue, from obtaining permits to transport her across states lines, to locating a reputable facility that was willing and able to provide lifetime care for this mountain lion, to arranging airfare and accompanying Tasha all the way to her new home.
Tasha made it safe and sound to her new home at Wildlife Safari, an accredited facility in Winston, Oregon. Tasha quickly settled into her quarantine habitat and after a clean bill of health, Tasha was introduced into her new permanent habitat that she shares with Johnny, a male mountain lion who was also declawed by a private owner before being brought to the facility. Updates from the Wildlife Safari staff are positive and Tasha is loving life at her new home.