In response to: “State to investigate lion attack that killed intern,” (Dec. 1). The deadly mauling by a lion at a roadside zoo is not NC’s first tragic incident involving dangerous wild animals. Unless legislators take action, it’s unlikely our last. There are five states with few laws prohibiting the possession of dangerous wild animals, and as a result, in NC, individuals can easily acquire big cats, bears, and primates and keep them as pets.
A 3-year-old was blinded by his father’s tiger in 1995 and a 10-year-old boy was killed by his uncle’s pet tiger in 2003. We’ve even had multiple attacks and escapes by primates and large cats.
People who lack knowledge and resources acquire these young animals, then warehouse or dispose of them when they grow large, aggressive and dangerous. Let’s not be the last state in the country to protect communities from irresponsible people who acquire dangerous animals
Kaitlin Grady Durham