In Arnold, Missouri, a Jefferson County family is desperately searching the area to find their pet bobcat named Artemis. The 35-pound treasured feline escaped a few weeks ago, and the woman posted an ad on Craigslist hoping someone has spotted her.
“I miss my girl terribly,” the owner told media News4, “If anyone spots her please call of text me. If she is seen, it will be easy to tell she is not a local, wild bobcat.”
Artemis has been a family pet for more than six years and was purchased from a breeder in Montana. According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, it is legal to keep a bobcat as a pet with certain provisions. An owner must have a permission to have one; either with a breeding or a hobby permit. There are different requirements, but both require the animal to be kept in a confined area. According to Missouri code, a bobcat is not allowed to freely roam in a home.
The code also specifies the area where the wild animal is kept must be inspected once a year by the Department of Conservation. At this time, investigators are trying to determine if the owners have a permit.
“She is not a danger to people or pets, but she is very skittish,” the owner stated. “She has been raised around dogs and cats, but if she is cornered by an aggressive dog or person, she may try to bite.”
Artemis has been declawed, and investigators ask anyone who spots the animal just call the conservation agents at 314.954.5697 or the police department at 636.296.3204. Saving St. Louis Pets on Facebook is also trying to help out, and warns people there are many bobcats in the area and not to approach any of them – please call for assistance.
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