By: David HighfieldBy David Highfield

CONNELLSVILLE (KDKA) – A woman from Connellsville Township, Fayette County wants permission to care for three bobcats in an enclosure in her backyard.

Karen Osler has a history of working with exotic animals, and told neighbors at a township supervisors meeting that safety precautions are in place.

The bobcats, Boris, Norman and Olivia, are currently with a woman in Uniontown who said she can’t care for them anymore. They are all declawed.

Some residents at the meeting asked questions about safety, and Barbara Hennessey doesn’t want to see the animals in the township at all.

She said there are enough wild animals in the area.

Township Supervisor Robert Carson said he has concerns over whether the family has the financial means to care for the animals.

However, Osler’s neighbor and a father of four, Chris Gettemy, said he has no concerns. He said he’s seen the bobcats firsthand and believes the enclosure Osler has built is sturdy and safe.

Osler will find out in two days if the township will grant her a letter of approval. She said if she doesn’t get it, she will appeal.

Even if she gets the letter, she still has to get permission from the Pennsylvania Game Commission.


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