COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal in a legal fight over whether the owner of a 26-pound domesticated, declawed bobcat is subject to the state’s tightened laws on owning dangerous wild animals.
The list of animals subject to the permit and care regulations included lynx, but a court concluded lawmakers failed to specify the species of lynx known as bobcats. The Department of Natural Resources wanted the Supreme Court to overturn that decision, but it declined Wednesday to consider the Franklin County case involving Adam Federer.
He’d bought a bobcat in 2003 and had a state license for over a decade before being told to get a wild animal permit in 2014.
Ohio enacted stricter rules after a suicidal man released dozens of wild animals in 2011.