Wildcat no match for elderly Utah woman

May 23, 2007 at 9:33 PM

CEDAR CITY, Utah, May 23 (UPI) -- A 75-year-old Utah woman recently became so frustrated with local animal control officials she caught a marauding wild cat by herself.

The Spectrum in St. George, Utah, reported Wednesday that after animal control officials refused to take action against the feral cat that had tried to attack Nola Burkitt of Cedar City, the elderly woman took matters into her own hands.

With her own money, she bought a $55 cage and in no time, she had caught the pesky feline.

"Animal control wouldn't do a damn thing about it," Burkitt said afterward. "That should be their problem, dealing with wild animals, not (mine)."

While animal control officer Lisa Haller downplayed Monday's incident, saying "he's a wild cat, but he's not a rabid cat" that looks like Morris the feline of TV commercial fame, at least one other citizen compared the apprehended animal to a 1989 horror film feline.

"It looks like something out of 'Pet Sematary,'" resident Jason Murray told the newspaper. "It needs to be euthanized, there's no doubt about that."

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