I have no plans at this point in owning, breeding, or "exploiting" any big cats other than attending zoos. If Big Cat Rescue is correct in their position, they should not need to skew their data so blatantly. Big Cat Rescue is an avid proponent of exotic pet bans (mainly exotic cats, despite size). What happens when big cats attack? Entries in the compiled data set were compared to eliminate redundancy and duplicate records. The tiger was shot dead. Retrieved December 14, 2018, from The Humane Society of the United States website: https://www.humanesociety.org/sites/default/files/docs/captive-big-cat-incidents.pdf, Big-Cat Incidents in the United States (Publication). Big cats are inherently dangerous but that doesn't mean they can't be maintained safely and responsibly in a captive environment. Big Cat Safety Incidents by Year - Private Non-Professional. NYC Biting Injuries. Furthermore, the 2017 shelter statistics show that juvenile cats are more likely to be euthanized than puppies—a shocking 25% of kittens are put to sleep. While bans on exotic cats remove all private owners from the equation, good and bad, licensed exhibitors, 'sanctuaries', and accredited zoos, which are a significant portion of the injuries and fatalities, are not harmed by them. In my research, escaped animals tend to be more deadly if the victim is in the direct vicinity of its enclosure. But then again I am certain that 'you know better. It was also reported that she was showing the lion to her Italian boyfriend. October 29, 1995, Allegan, MI: While her 9-year-old daughter watched in horror, a woman was attacked and killed by a “pet” lion after she entered his cage at the home of a friend who collected exotic animals. 29. After the Sheriff made a statement clearing the record, the LA Times reporter said to one of our people, "if there is no negligence, there isn't story" and she left without reporting anything else. I also couldn't find any details about the lioness that 'attacked a man' after it was set free, allegedly by a bugler. – Source. The data set compiled in this study cannot be 100% accurate for several reasons. A much smaller number of incidents occurred in this time frame when people crossed or reached across explicitly prohibited barriers (6.7%). Exotic cat incidences compared to domesticated dogs. Studying historical statistics and trends related to keeping big cats in human care can inform future risk management decisions. This is a list of known or suspected fatal cougar attacks that occurred in North America by decade in chronological order.The cougar is also commonly known as mountain lion, puma, mountain cat, catamount, or panther.The sub-population in Florida is known as the Florida panther.. A total of 125 attacks, 27 of which are fatal, have been documented in North America in the past 100 years. (2016). Why is there no separate list that discusses animal attacks only? Read 2 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. It had bitten her and was eating her while she was still alive. King intentionally climbed over a 3 1/2-foot barrier, crossed a four-foot-wide dirt buffer, dropped down a nine-foot wall into a water-filled moat, and swam 26 feet across the moat to reach the lion's enclosure. The Captive Wildlife Safety Act of 2003 defines “big cats” as including these species: tiger, lion, cougar, leopard, jaguar, snow leopard, clouded leopard, and cheetah. Comparison of Big Cat Safety Incidents Over Time by Setting. Domestic cats bite an estimated 750,000 people every year. We know for a fact that the guillotine door was found in the fully open position and because of the way it operates, it would be impossible for the lion to have opened the door. Cougars were the most common big cat species involved in safety incidents in private non-professional settings (38.8%), with tigers a close second at 34.9% [Figure 18]. Given the inherent danger of big cats (NOT small to medium-sized cats and cheetahs), this is surprising. Similar bad parenting occurs when children are not supervised around domesticated dogs, which leads to injury and death. (n.d.). Many of these facilities were justifiably closed. This page contains a chart comparing statistics on cat and dog bites worldwide and for some selected countries where data is available. She was alone at the facility at the time. November 13, 1998, Newberry, FL: The same tiger who killed his trainer on 10/8/98 attacked and killed his owner Doris Guay. Retrieved December 14, 2018, from https://www.bornfreeusa.org/?post_type=exotic_incidents&especies=LC&s=. (2018). Hi Melissa~ I work with Dale at Project Survival and am sending you the links to the correct reports. The tiger put his paw on the man’s back, pushed him down, and bit his throat. (If It Barks) Circus killed a trainer Wayne Franzen in front of 200 horrified schoolchildren. The above statement, Big Cat Rescue supported with big cat 'incidences' in the USA that includes at least 80 zoological facilities and at least 49 of these (more than half) were or are currently accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). 32 minors were injured or killed in big cat safety incident during the period of this study [Figure 20]. March 5, 1995 Washington, DC: A woman was fatally mauled by lions after climbing into their enclosure at the National Zoo. Some cats kill for sport. ", "A pet serval was turned in, no questions asked, at an exotic pet amnesty day sponsored by the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission. Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on February 02, 2015: PSWendy-- The Daily Mail article makes it sound like the lion did force the door open, but because it was not secured all the way. The cheetah was seen at the side of the road near Kootenay Bay by a motorist who took some pictures of the cat wearing an orange cloth collar and called the RCMP. April 29, 1997, Oklahoma City, OK: A leopard escaped from his cage killed a woman Eunice Esquivel at an exotic animal “sanctuary.” Sheriff’s deputies shot and killed the leopard seven hours later when he was found along a road nearly a half-mile from Oak Hill Center for Rare and Endangered Species. Zoological Facility: A business that maintains a stationary collection of exotic animals for the primary purpose of public exhibition. Rachel is an educator and animal science writer. You can find big cats living in Africa, Asia, America and Europe. Exotic Incidents Database (pp. As an intern, she wasn't supposed to be allowed inside the cage." The boy’s uncle, James Marshall Eller, heard Clayton scream and saw the tiger dragging the boy into its cage. Tigers were the most common species involved in big cat safety incidents each year [Figure 10], followed by cougars and then lions in a pattern that reflects the frequency with which those species were involved in the total number of incidents. 30. Big-Cat Incidents in the United States performing routine The following is a partial list of incidents involving captive big cats in the United States since 1990. As apex predators, big cats play an important role in keeping ecosystems in balance. Pfaff opened the cage door to the jaguar enclosure and violated two zoo protocol rules in doing so. Figure 12. Scatter plot for exotic cat injuries and fatalities. Meanwhile, the portion of stray cats was around 6%. Some of these involve very minor injuries, while others may result in serious or even fatal consequences. While their main reason for supporting such laws is their ideological belief that non-domesticated animals do not belong in any form of captivity, they will of course pretend to care about the safety of the public to push such an agenda. March 31, 2003 Hennepin, IL: As William Olsen entered their pen to shift them to another enclosure, he was mauled to death by two tigers he kept in a backyard menagerie. Results will be summarized by each category, by year, by the type of facility, and by outcome. Figure 5. Dec 17 2015 Durban South Africa: A tiger that had escaped from its enclosure at the Natal Zoological Gardens and Lion Park in Cato … The statistics are not always precise. (2018). When you say attacked, it sounds gruesome, but it sounds like he just knocked her down and broke her neck.". The price of admission for a zoo in 18th century England was a dog or a cat, which were fed to the lions. Who cares which figure is larger? Margaret Davis King was homeless and mentally ill, suffering from religious delusions. Children under the age of 13 were most likely to be injured (71.9%). No one was at fault in this case. Common predators include, wolves, lions, cheetahs, and other big cats. Figure 15. Species Involved in Big Cat Safety Incidents - Zoological Facilities. The following infographic shows that the Pit Bull is still responsible for the most fatal attacks in the U.S. by far, killing 284 people over that 13-year period - 66 percent of total fatalities. 2. April 6, 2006, Duxbury (15 Mi. The tiger in this incident was underweight and poorly cared for, although the body wasn't consumed. Hanson was the victim of an occupational hazard and human error. Any missing data are likely to be but a small fraction of the total, however, since animal safety issues are generally considered highly newsworthy and inherently attract public attention. The Journal of Wildlife Management, 76(7), 1364-1369. I saw Born Free. Figure 14. Note that no one knows how ma… Here is some interesting perspective on the exotic cat injury numbers. People in the Sundarban Tiger Reserve of Bengal wear masks on the back of their heads to prevent tiger attacks since tigers only attack from behind. What matters is the public safety threat, not fantasy hypothetical situations. Retrieved December 14, 2018, from https://bigcatrescue.org/big-cat-attacks-2011-2017/, Baskin, C. (2018c, November 30). Groups Killed in Big Cat Safety Incidents - All Settings. According to Kaspersky, as companies catch up with patching security flaws, cybercriminals will be more limited in terms of malware delivery methods. "It was very minor." Attacks Since 1990 (including fatalities), The type of species involved (what cat was the most common attacker? Of this number, 89 occurred in zoos, and 50 of these zoos were or are AZA accredited. Around 885,000, require medical attention for dog bite-related injuries (and I would guess a near-equivalent amount of dogs per human victim), which is my criteria for the exotic cat listings. Each source was included because the organization compiling it has a vested interest in maintaining an accurate and up-to-date record of incidents involving captive big cats in the United States, as well as the funding and staffing to facilitate such an effort long-term. After 2008, the total number of incidents dropped sharply across the board, with only one big cat safety issue recorded in 2018. As discussed previously, some conclusions can be drawn from an initial examination of this compiled data. This is not the first time I've noticed deceptive tactics from Big Cat Rescue—another example is the listings on their page 911 Animal Abuse. Regardless, the zoo was at fault for the enclosure failing to be escape-proof. They have this ability because of the unique hyoid and larynx. But it was too late to save the boy. Baskin, C. (2018a, January 23). Top cybersecurity facts, figures and statistics for 2020 From malware trends to budget shifts, we have the latest figures that quantify the state of the industry. Incidents with tigers were by far the most frequent, comprising just under half (47.6%) [Figure 5]. Attack: An incident in which a big cat made physical contact with a human in a manner inappropriate for the situation in which it occurred, Barrier Crossing: An incident in which someone specifically crossed, leaned over, or reached through a barrier that they were specifically prohibited from moving beyond, Escape: An incident in which an animal was outside it’s normal containment for a given situation, Dumped: An incident in which an animal was purposefully released in a public space, Public Endangerment: An incident in which someone removed a big cat from its proper containment, but remained in control of the cat. She did not have a boyfriend. Figure 6. Outcomes of Big Cat Safety Incidents - Private Non-Professional Settings. Their prey instinct can easily be triggered by small, oftentimes frightened, movements of children. The Mngwa, legendary big cat of Tanzania Big cats existing where they should not has been a story that is told in many regions of many countries a myriad of large felines have been spotted and photographed. All zoos that are accredited by the AZA are also USDA licensed. Figure 3. My beliefs are subject to change based on available evidence. These attacks comprise of compilations of Lion Attacking Hyena, Zebra & Buffalo, Leopard Attacking Porcupine, Deer & Wildebeest. The big cats are horribly easy to kill with poisoned meat, allowing poachers to hack off their faces and paws – but rangers are now on their trail Dec 18, 2015 Canada, BC: Creston RCMP say a cheetah was spotted along Highway 3a in the Crawford Bay and Kootenay Bay areas. Chambers, K. (2017). Throughout my research, unsurprisingly, as the dates got earlier, it became more difficult to verify the incidences. Big Cat Safety Incidents by Type - Zoological Facilities. The victim had expressed concerns about her safety prior to the day of the incident. I believe that the truth supports my arguments, and that's why I harbor my brand of opinions. It may maintain an exhibition license either to allow the public to visit the site or for commercial support of the business. Swift action taken out by owners, staff, and authorities during the event of an escaped big cat(s) has kept incidents of the cats harming members of the uninvolved public very low—around 6 cases have been reported in the last 25 years. ; A kitten that's protecting its "territory" from a perceived threat or interloper (such as a small child or another animal) also may become aggressive. Let's say there's 8000 big cats in the United States. They should never be domestic pets. Predators need to kill and eat other animals to survive. Even though there are millions of dogs compared to the thousands of big cats in the U.S., take into consideration that around 80% of owned dogs weigh under 40 pounds, while 100% of big cats weigh 70+ pounds (starting with cheetahs, even though they aren't technically big cats). It may be USDA-licensed, but is always open to the public for at least a period of time each calendar year. October 8, 1998 Newberry, FL: A tiger attacked and killed his trainer, Joy Holiday AKA Joy Guay, at the Holiday’s Cat Dancer facility. If we guesstimate 30 incidences per year, that is .38% for the cats. Thank you. Fatal Dog Attacks states that 25% of fatal attacks were inflicted by chained dogs of many different breeds 7 The insurance industry paid more than $530 million in dog bite related claims in 2014 8 5,714 U.S. Included are even casual statements from individuals (ex. Postal Service employees were attacked by a dog in 2018 9 (500 less than 2017 and 1,000 fewer since 2016) Exotic Animal Park saying that just last month he was mauled by a six-month-old tiger and that “There was blood everywhere. Here we bring to you a video clip uploaded by Animal Channel on YouTube that features some of the most amazing and spectacular Big Cat Attacks. Despite the fact that the data set is not fully complete, however, it is probably the best data set that will ever be available for this time period, as the source material was specifically chosen from the extant public data sets likely to be the most comprehensive. It is difficult to track the relative safety risk these big cat populations pose as no single entity has the responsibility for tracking or documenting incidents. March 25, 2001 Las Vegas, NV: A tiger with Safari Wildlife attacked and killed his handler Eric Bloom. Figure 22. We did an interview with Piers Morgan to show how the door operates after the accident. What trends do we see? Each category is described below. ), Figure 4. How often do big cats and other exotics attack? (n.d.). Thank you. Teenagers were injured at a much lower rate (15.6%) than children. Big Cat Safety Incidents by Type - All Situations (Wildlife Removed), Figure 24. The nature of the facility—pet owner, zoological facility, or accredited by respected entities—plays little part in securing the safety of the people who work with the animals and the general public. Species involved in Big Cat Safety Incidents - All Situations (Wildlife Removed), Figure 26. This is one example of the inherent risks that is involved when working with big cats. "In 2001, a leopard attacked a child at a birthday party, and Ms. Oltz got probation.". The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) only records incidents that are reported (or observed) at facilities they license. Groups like the Humane Society often paint the impression that tigers and lions are causally purchased by 'regular' people as one might a dog or cat. The 'incident' lists and statistics derived from them are flawed. Species Involved in Big Cat Safety Incidents - All Settings*, *Unlabeled thin pink slice represents Ligers, 0.3%. I love Big Cats, but they are not to be trifled with. You can edit the text in this area, and change where the contact form on the right submits to, by entering edit mode using the modes on the bottom right. Retrieved December 14, 2018, from https://www.humanesociety.org/news/animal-welfare-coalition-applauds-reintroduction-big-cat-public-safety-act-prohibit-private. But children under the age of 13 were also likely to get injured while visiting a zoological facility (16.7%) or interacting with big cats at an entertainment / outreach setting (13.3%). Tiger Species Survival Plan. I omitted an incident involving a lynx that was an actual case of a non-involved member of the public being attacked because there was no serious injury, however, you may include this if you like. Lions were third most common, at 14.7%. Outside of human owners being injured you don't talk much about how bored these cats are in their artificial and small environments. All of them are included as efficient ape predators. Figure 20. Big Cat Safety Incidents by Type and Outcome - All Situations*, *Unlabeled dark brown slice represents Escape with Death, 0.3%, *Unlabeled dark blue slice represents Public Endangerment, 0.3%. While the media frequently references populations of 10,000 tigers in the Unites States, these population claims have been inflated by a lack of accurate sources. Dianna had several years of experience working (feeding/cleaning etc.) During the study period, one volunteer who worked with or near the big cats was killed (6.7%). Figure 18. Big Cat Attacks 2000-2005. The number of big cat 'incidences' surged in the 2000s, vs. the 90's, and Big Cat Rescue issued this statement: "The U.S. represents less than 5% of the entire global population, but up through 2006 79% of ALL captive cat incidents occurred in the U.S.". Tracks found and hair samples collected, even the remains of … 8. Home » Statistics » 38 Incredible Animal Attacks on Humans Statistics. Feline Conservation Federation. The lion was discovered running loose on the property and was shot and killed by police. I currently own a spotted genet. The resulting data set contained 359 distinct incidents that occurred over 18 years. Outcomes of Big Cat Safety Incidents - Zoological Facilities. Hours, Tickets + Directions; Big cats are one of the most commonly maintained dangerous wild animals in the United States, with sizable populations existing in multiple industry sectors as well as in private hands (Pfaff & Colahan, 2017; Chambers, 2017). Photo via Flickr Charles Barilleaux CC By 2.0. Zoological facilities had at least 5 big cat safety incidents per year in 15 of the 18 years covered, and 10 incidents or more in 6 of the 18 years covered. Big Cat Attacks 2006 2010. 37 were circuses, 17 were 'sanctuaries'/charities, and 18 couldn't be determined. PETA's list (download) is superior because it only includes USA-based incidences but still has non-injurious attacks (including the 'licking' incident). “The other girl who was there grabbed a shovel and joined in and beat the tigers to get them away from her and that’s when they removed the deceased’s left arm.” Bracket was brought to Tulsa for treatment, but she died. Retail Services: A business where animal exhibition is a supporting factor of primary business objectives (e.g., steak house, pet supply store, bed-and-breakfast). It's hard to say because it depends on what you call a pet. Starting Statistics. Ohio’s big cat stampede prods review of laws nationwide. I could not find any information about the 1997 Oregon woman so I just assumed she was not involved with the animal. There are 'exotic pet incident' lists by PETA, Born Free, and the popular Florida-based Big Cat Rescue but some do not separate fatalities from injuries and often include ‘incidences’ that didn’t involve any injurious attacks. Many facilities that are called pet owners by activists are licensed or registered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which is a requirement for commercial exhibitors. Individual zoos and sanctuaries, as well as their accrediting organizations, likely record all incidents involving dangerous animals that occur at their specific facilities, but these records are not made available to the public if they do indeed exist. Incident frequency was charted by total per year [Figure 6] to get a sense of the trends over time, and for the two settings in which the majority of incidents occurred (zoological facilities and private non-professional settings). Production Work: A company that uses their animal collection in the pursuit of artistic projects (e.g., movies, theater, photography). Thanks for the correction Dale Anderson, do you have any links I can post? Given the increasing public interest in big cat safety topics and the need for legislators and wildlife officials to understand where safety risks with captive big cats are highest, effective use of this database can serve as a tool for informing future advocacy and legislative efforts. We can expect injury rates to appear to correlate with years where the internet is more common in society, as we are using mostly internet sources for the data. There is no entity in the United States tracking safety incidents involving captive wildlife, which makes identifying all possible candidates for a big cat safety incident list difficult. Any time a dangerous wild animal is kept in a captive setting, there is an associated safety risk. To provide a shock value photo that doesn't apply to the subject (exotic cat incidences) being discussed at all? During the autopsy, a coroner found that the man had suffered numerous puncture wounds and a broken neck. Born Free USA. Based on the trend line, it appears that the injury rates, based on the information recorded, have increased from the early 90's to the mid 00's and then decreased around 2005-2014. Retrieved December 14, 2018, from https://bigcatrescue.org/big-cat-attacks, Baskin, C. (2018d, December 13). https://discover.hubpages.com/education/Wild-Cats-... Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on April 10, 2015: I understand this idea. You should never turn your back to a big cat. The reported care of the animals suggests extremely irresponsible pet care standards. I listed a serval attack (animal owned by Corinne Oltz) as 'severe' because the punctures were described as "bone deep" on the list. It was a tragic human error. October 10, 2001 Lee County, TX: A 3-year-old boy was killed by one of three of a relative’s (Kerry Quinney) “pet” tigers as he was about to have his picture taken with the animals. Via Flickr Tambako The Jaguar (CC BY-ND 2.0). This was a case of human error and bad luck. Due to this, there is a lot of confusion about how common fatal attacks are in the United States and what the risk is to the uninvolved public (those who did not own, live with, or attend the animal). Dogs undoubtedly threaten human life uniquely to inherently dangerous exotics (injuries and fatalities are widely dependent on environment, reproductive status, nature of care, and misreading of their behavior) but the results are still important. The tiger had been used in the operation’s traveling animal show and featured in Shrine circuses. We have spent countless hours trying to get people to know what really happened. The territorial instincts of animals that are not used to human interaction took over and she was killed. “The first one grabbed her and the rest of them joined in,” says Mayes County Deputy Charles McGuire. The Fresno Coroner has since been demoted and moved under the Sheriff Dept. Retrieved December 14, 2018, from https://gf.nd.gov/wildlife/id/carnivores/mountain-lion, Mountain Lion. This will decrease the margin of error and make the results completely relevant to our current standards of captive animal care. Remove the word 'dog' and put in 'exotic cat'. Figure 7. While attacks by well-socialized animals are uncommon the risk to people who do not live with animal is too high. Cheetahs and other exotic cats not considered 'big cats' are substantially less dangerous. Big Cat Safety Incidents by Setting. Slack, Teams, Facebook Messenger and … The term "intern" does not always indicate the absence of experience. While it’s true there’s little to go on in this case other than the testimony of two witnesses, there have been other anomalous big cat sightings in Cornwall as recently as October 2018. Attacks on Homeless. ", "A 400 pound DEAD tiger escaped from the back of a truck as the vehicle swerved on Highway 99 in on the way to a lab for a necropsy.". June 7, 1999, Yorktown, TX: A 9-year-old girl was killed when her stepfather’s “pet” tiger grabbed her by the neck and dragged her into a water trough. Despite the extreme rarity of fatalities and injuries to people who are not in the cage with or in very close proximity to the animals, common sense regulations that address both safety and animal welfare can be carried out in all states that can lower even these numbers yet allow citizens their freedom or choice in business or lifestyle opportunities involving exotic animals. 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