December 28, 1997 in City

Owner Of Siberian Tiger Feels Teeth Of County Rules

Associated Press
 

Extra fencing, insurance coverage and veterinary care are among the conditions a roofing contractor probably must meet to keep a pet tiger near this town, officials say.

In addition, a public meeting is planned next month to discuss plans by Greg Anderson, 28, to live on a 5-1/2-acre parcel with Kulia, a year-old Siberian tiger that weighs 230 pounds and could grow to double that size in two years.

“We’ve advised Mr. Anderson that he must be willing to work with us to satisfy their concerns,” said Tim Jennings, manager of Clark County Animal Protection and Control.

Last month, Anderson moved the declawed tiger from southwest Portland to a fellow big-cat enthusiast’s place near Randle in Lewis County after his exotic animal permit was revoked by the Oregon Department of Agriculture. Neighbors said he violated the permit by letting the tiger roam outside her cage in violation of the permit.

A date for the Clark County hearing has not been set.

Jennings said license conditions would include “extensive redundant security,” including more than one layer of fencing, plus insurance and regular veterinary care. Seven people in the area where Anderson plans to live have contacted animal control officials, he said.

“… A tiger is just too dangerous to have around,” said Sam Richard, president of the Daybreak Neighborhood Association. “This guy already has shown he likes to take it out, so it’s going to escape. That’s all there is to it.

“I have a 4-year-old that’s going to look mighty tasty to that tiger.”

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