Big black cat killed in Missouri turn...

Big black cat killed in Missouri turns out to be a leopard

There are 51 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Jun 22, 2008, titled Big black cat killed in Missouri turns out to be a leopard. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

Missouri state biologists say a big, black cat killed by a sheriff's deputy has been identified as a leopard.

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Einstein

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#1 Jun 22, 2008
Why did he feel he had to kill it? Did it hiss at him? They like to kill animals in some places, just for the heck of killing them.
Bazzurd

Pompano Beach, FL

#2 Jun 22, 2008
Pa -chants my arse, I goota kill sompton!
Apock

New Orleans, LA

#3 Jun 22, 2008
It charged him? Yeah, right.
Shana

Opa Locka, FL

#4 Jun 22, 2008
Ah, he claims it charged at him...and it was trying to get in a woman's house.

What if she had small children? A right sized meal for the cat. The cop did what he had to do. I'm glad that kids weren't playing in the neighborhood outside when the cat showed up.

Also since nobody had reported the leopard missing, the cops weren't prepared by carrying tranquilizers. He really had to defend the safety of the general public. And if the leopard is indeed from a compound, it could very well have no fear of humans, and actually see them as a meal. The numerous attacks in the past couple of years in zoos and 'refuge centers' prove that.

I know I'm in the minority here, but people are really more important than animals.
Sf Native

Pompano Beach, FL

#5 Jun 22, 2008
It's really a shame - you know that if it wasn't reported, then it was being kept illegaly. In that case, it was probably neglected or abused.
I really do feel bad that the poor thing ended up in the situation that it did. But in the same situation, if it came at me, I would have shot it also.
Anyone But McBush

United States

#6 Jun 22, 2008
Very sad.....this country does not know how to treat wildlife
Great

Jonas Ridge, NC

#7 Jun 22, 2008
Too bad the sheriff acted so stupidly. He should have tried to escape or else sacrifice himself as a meal for the cat. We have too many humans and not enough black cats or leopards. Animals can live without people, but people cannot live without animals.
Einstein

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#8 Jun 22, 2008
Right, the cat was going to eat a kid or the sheriff. What a crock. It was mistaken for a "large black cat", meaning 30 lbs or so.

What a crock. You guys have no idea what so ever. You just come down on the side of a trigger-happy guy wearing a badge. It being so difficult these days to find good personnel, they are hiring anyone for LE and BP.

Sorry if some of you decent LE take offense, but you know it better than most, LE ain't what it was and the average person being inducted wouldn't be qualified to shine cops' boots 4 decades ago.
Muzzleblast525

Dallas, TX

#9 Jun 22, 2008
Some of you people make me laugh with, "Too bad the sheriff acted so stupidly. He should have tried to escape or else sacrifice himself as a meal for the cat. We have too many humans and not enough black cats or leopards. Animals can live without people, but people cannot live without animals." I'm so use to this kind of crap, but boy does the cheek turn when it goes again that person, and then they are out for blood.

One guy told me, "I don't see the problem with a person going to the bar and drinking a six-pack and then driving." Then a drunk killed his wife and seriously hurt his child, and the man wants the guy dead that got behind the wheel drunk.

I guess if it had been a "man" that ran at the officer, or tried to break into the woman's home, and then CHARGED with a knife in his hand, it would have been okay to shoot him, but not the animal.
Muzzleblast525

Dallas, TX

#10 Jun 22, 2008
Some of you people make me laugh with all of your "opinions" about animals and people. What if it had been a man that tried to break into the house and then charged the officer with a knife. Would it be okay to shoot him?
Shana

Opa Locka, FL

#11 Jun 22, 2008
Hey Einstein, an adult male leopard can weigh from 81 to 198 lbs. Even the smallest females weigh over 60 pounds.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leopard

I think that's plenty big enough to kill a kid or adult. If you don't, then why don't you go in a cage and play with a hungry one to prove otherwise. We'd love to see your scientific experiment.
CAT LOVER

Fort Worth, TX

#12 Jun 22, 2008
What a bunch of whiney-assed crybabies! For the love of Pete - it was a cat! It was born a cat, it died a cat - it was never gonna be anything but a cat! Give me a break! Since when does a freakin' cat take precedence over the life or safey of a human - adult or child? You people need to get a life and find something to worry about other than a mangy cat! Good grief!
john

Miami, FL

#13 Jun 23, 2008
Shana wrote:
Hey Einstein, an adult male leopard can weigh from 81 to 198 lbs. Even the smallest females weigh over 60 pounds.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leopard
I think that's plenty big enough to kill a kid or adult. If you don't, then why don't you go in a cage and play with a hungry one to prove otherwise. We'd love to see your scientific experiment.
Maybe the paper should hire you because they could have done the research on average sizes like you and provided a better story.Thanks.
OJ Supersleuth

Greenville, NC

#14 Jun 23, 2008
They going to mount it?
Muzzleblast525

Dallas, TX

#15 Jun 23, 2008
OJ Supersleuth, yes, they say the officer was getting the cat and somebody was mounting it for him. Should be an interesting piece...
Lawdog

Boca Raton, FL

#16 Jun 23, 2008
Just a guess, "Hall shot the animal when it charged him ".
Einstein wrote:
Why did he feel he had to kill it? Did it hiss at him? They like to kill animals in some places, just for the heck of killing them.
Einstein

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#17 Jun 23, 2008
Shana wrote:
Hey Einstein, an adult male leopard can weigh from 81 to 198 lbs. Even the smallest females weigh over 60 pounds.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leopard
I think that's plenty big enough to kill a kid or adult. If you don't, then why don't you go in a cage and play with a hungry one to prove otherwise. We'd love to see your scientific experiment.
"Missouri state biologists say a big, black cat killed by a sheriff's deputy has been identified as a leopard."

Let me try and straighten you out. No one knew it was not a cat because it was a big cat, which is about 30-35, maybe 40 pounds. It was mistaken for a cat.

Cats don't charge, they run away. They certainly don't charge human beings, they try and run around or past them when they are escaping.

Most of you don't know squat about animals and, apparently, less about human nature.

The cop should not have shot it unless it was attempting to harm a human or a human's (animal) property.

You all seem to fail to notice that the bar for use of deadly force by LE has sunken tremendously in the last two decades.

IMHO, I find it absurd that anyone could posit that the cop was threatened. The desire to shoot and kill an animal far outweighed any other criteria in his decision.
win

Pompano Beach, FL

#18 Jun 23, 2008
Einstein wrote:
Why did he feel he had to kill it? Did it hiss at him? They like to kill animals in some places, just for the heck of killing them.
Another dumb liberal a--ss
Hey dummy you go pet it JANE FONDA A--SSHOLE
tyrone shoelaces

Pompano Beach, FL

#19 Jun 23, 2008
the leopard was shot because he was black! Had he been a spotted leopard, they might have just tased him and slapped him around a little.
marsha

Walnut Creek, CA

#20 Jun 23, 2008
Shana wrote:
Ah, he claims it charged at him...and it was trying to get in a woman's house.
What if she had small children? A right sized meal for the cat. The cop did what he had to do. I'm glad that kids weren't playing in the neighborhood outside when the cat showed up.
Also since nobody had reported the leopard missing, the cops weren't prepared by carrying tranquilizers. He really had to defend the safety of the general public. And if the leopard is indeed from a compound, it could very well have no fear of humans, and actually see them as a meal. The numerous attacks in the past couple of years in zoos and 'refuge centers' prove that.
I know I'm in the minority here, but people are really more important than animals.
In my book animals are more important than people, because no matter what humans keep breeding, however some species of animal are just disappearing due to not only trigger happy police officers, but people's lack of education and respect for wild life, and animals in general. Just remember if a wild animal comes too close to a human is not because the animal wants to come for a visit, but because we have taken over their habitat and they are looking for food, humas on the other hand get close to you to rob you, rape you, suck the blood out of you. That's why I would take 100 animals before 1 human.

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