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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Bobcat located inside city

  • A man was cited Friday for harboring a bobcat within the city of Hannibal.
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  • A man was cited Friday for harboring a bobcat within the city of Hannibal.
    According to the Hannibal Police Department, at 8:50 a.m. Friday, while investigating a call of animal neglect, an animal control officer spotted a bobcat in the cab of a truck parked in the 2700 block of Market Street. The Missouri Department of Conservation was contacted and a local agent arrived to seize the animal. 
    The suspect believed to be responsible for having the animal was identified and cited by the agent for possession of a wild animal without a permit. 
    According to Police Chief Lyndell Davis, his animal control officers frequently receive calls concerning wild animals such as raccoons, coyotes and bats. On cccasion they receive calls about sightings of wildcats, but they had never encountered one up close. 
    In addition to state law, Hannibal city ordinance also prohibits possession of wild animals, according to Davis.

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