When l first heard about the loose tiger in Moorpark l contacted Dr. Jennifer Conrad. She and her group the Paw Project offered to dart the tiger. They contacted Fish & Game with the offer. Before there was a response the tiger was killed.
“And at least one licensed wildlife rehabilitator believes the Fish and Game department would not have killed the animal unless it had to.
Mary Cummins is a rehabilitator who has worked with tigers and has cared for animals captured by the Fish and Game department.
“They have darted escaped tigers in the past and taken them to sanctuaries,” she said. “They don’t want to kill an animal but don’t want humans to be killed either.”
After the tiger incident, Cummins and a Fish and Game warden visited the place where the tiger roamed.
The ravine where the tiger was killed is about 30 feet deep and more than 30 yards wide in spots; it was unlikely that officials could have tranquilized the animal without being in the middle of the ravine, she said.
The tiger would have been able to attack anyone entering the ravine, she added. There was a park with children within 30 yards of the ravine, plus homes and the 23 freeway.
Paw prints were found alongside the tennis courts and soccer field, which means the tiger had already been to the park area, Cummins added.
Warden Marty Wall, who was at the scene, said authorities did not wait before killing the tiger. Officials say the fault of the tiger incidence lies with the owners who should have stepped forward.”
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