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Off Leash: Lions and Tigers and Cars, Oh My!

In some states, your name doesn’t have to be Siegfried or Roy for keeping big cats to be perfectly legal

In some states, your name doesn’t have to be Siegfried or Roy for keeping big cats to be perfectly legal

Following eight reported attacks, the USDA revoked the license of the Ohio group caring for this lion and several other large cats. Big Cat Rescue and World Animal Orphanage took in the felines. TIM LAVER
“A lion?” The 911 dispatcher’s voice stung with skepticism.

“It’s a lion,” the caller insisted. “It stands and, like, attacks someone’s car!”

It wasn’t a typical morning commute for the numerous Pike County drivers who called in to report the 550-pound feline chasing cars on Ohio’s Route 23 last November.

According to first responder and humane agent John Owens of the Pike County Ohio Humane Society, Lambert the lion managed to escape from his cage by pulling down a wooden beam and breaking the enclosure.

But that cage wasn’t in a zoo. Lambert and another lion named Lacy have been privately owned by local resident Terry Brumfield since they were cubs. While most states prohibit individuals from owning big cats, Ohio and a handful of others allow it, without even requiring a permit.

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