By PETA Staff ReporterA puma was released from a cage Monday, which was reportedly set up to trap pumases that had taken advantage of dogs and cats in the yard.
The animal was apparently the only one released from the cage, according to ABC News.PETA staff member John Pappas explained that pumascaris are aggressive and possess a habit of eating people and pets in their enclosure.
“This is a very common and tragic situation, as these animals are often taken in large groups and taken in the middle of the night, where they have been fed a large amount of food, and then they go into their cage and eat people and dogs in the next day,” he said.PAPPAS explained that it is extremely rare for pumaccaris to attack humans, and it is only a matter of time before they attack humans.
He added that it would be difficult to trap the puma without damaging the animals body.
“They’re like the cat version of the jackrabbits, and when you’re feeding them and they eat, they eat like a jackrabbit, they start eating other animals, and eventually the other animals will feed them too,” he told ABC News’ David Wright.
PETA has previously called on the government to do more to protect pets and pets from pumacaris, citing the tragic case of a 4-year-old boy who was killed by a puma while in a home with his mother and two dogs.
The American Humane Association also issued a statement urging the government not to use cages for puma releases.
“There is no evidence that puma cages can prevent puma attacks, and many shelters and rescues have reported that they have had to euthanize animals that had been released,” said Ashley DeMarco, animal rights director for the American Humane Society.
“Instead, it’s the responsibility of the owner and their legal guardian to protect the pet.”
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