It’s estimated that there are at least 18.2 Million exotic animals kept as pets in the United States.
You should know whether you live in one of the US states that forbid the possession of exotic pets, or one of the 9 states that have no license or permit requirements.
As many as 15,000 exotic big cats may be living in neighborhoods and roadside zoos in the United States. With estimates that there may be as many as 400 to 500 lions, tigers, and other big cats in the Houston area alone.
It is estimated that there are at least 4,000 tigers legally owned by private individuals in Texas. There are more tigers captive in Texas than roaming in the wild in India.
Keep that in mind if you’re close enough to be affected.
Most tigers weigh on average 650 pounds, possess phenomenal strength, can leap forward 14 feet or so, have 2″ canines and enough bite force to easily crush your femur. All that, plus 1.5″ claws. They can jump on your back and bite you in the neck, severing your vertebrae and killing you instantly.
Bears, panthers, cougars, pythons, even poison dart frogs! But who cares right? Yea sure, until a Texas tornado rips roofs off of cages or enclosures. Wildfires, flooding, plus old reliable accidents all can contribute to animal escapes.
You can’t exactly flush a snake down the toilet when it gets past 7 feet long. There are lots of people who get overwhelmed by their massive snakes. Florida is dealing with an invasion of Burmese Pythons, solely from private owners releasing their adult animals to the wild. The Everglades National Park is infested with a population that some estimate at between 30,000 and 100,000 snakes. There’s even worry that some similarly released African Rock Pythons will breed with the Burmese and create a nasty hybrid.
In Africa, the rock python eats creatures as large as goats and crocodiles. There have been cases of the snakes killing children. “They are bigger and meaner than the Burmese python. It’s not good news,” said Deborah Drum, deputy director of the district’s restoration sciences department.
Are you prepared to deal with these exotics after a disaster? Are you aware of how many exotics you may have to deal with? It’s definitely worth a bit of your time to look into the situation for your area. The armament to safely deal with 700 pounds of lion, might be pricey, but it might be worth it if you live in grasslands outside of Houston. Or in Ohio…
Stay safe out there. Anybody got any big game hunting tips?
– Calamity Jane