Two Seized Cougars Moved to North Texas

Two adult cougars seized along with a menagerie of wild cats from a private property in Kansas will soon call North Texas home.

Atchison County Sheriff Jack Laurie says one tiger, two cougars, three bobcats, two lynx, one serval and two skunks were taken Sunday from land belonging to a relative of a man arrested in northeast Kansas. Laurie says the animals were living in inadequate enclosures and were infrequently fed.

Laurie says the owner became combative during the seizure and was found to be in possession of methamphetamine. He was arrested on suspicion of multiple charges, including interference with law enforcement and disorderly conduct.

Staff with the Humane Society of the United States and the Kansas City Zoo helped sedate and move the animals.

The two cougars, Charley, a 9 year-old male, and Buttons, a 6 year-old female, will move to In-Sync Exotics in Wylie.

The rest of the animals will be sent to animal sanctuaries in Florida and Kansas.

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