Wednesday, 23 July 2014
NEWSLINK: State: It’s Illegal To Shoot Large Cats
It is unfortunate the most recent sighting of a large cat in Coweta County involved a fatal attack on a couple’s pet dog, but the public should keep in mind that shooting any large cat is a misdemeanor crime, say state officials.
“[A Florida panther] is not a game animal,” said Ranger First Class Travis Sweat with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. “You can’t hunt one, and there is no season for them. But we usually don’t have them up here.”
A Florida panther may have been the animal that attacked Josephine Young’s dog, Max, Tuesday morning near her Coweta County home. Around 6:30 a.m., Young was walking Max, her five-pound Miniature-Pinscher, on a trail near her home off Smokey Road south of Newnan when the wild animal attacked.