Attacks by Animals Other Than Dogs
Colorado, Utah, Utah, and Wyoming have some of the most beautiful forests, grasslands, parks, and mountains in the country. These states are also home to thousands of woodland creatures, some of which people have tried to domesticate. Even though laws often prohibit the live possession of a wild animal, many animal lovers break these laws--putting themselves and others in danger.
For example, Colorado law strictly prohibits the importation, live possession, sale, trade or purchase of any animal that is a wild native to Colorado. (33-6-113(1), C.R.S.) In addition, the law also prohibits the ownership or sale of wild animals that are not native to Colorado. (33-6-109(4), C.R.S.) These “exotic” animals can range from monkeys and squirrels to alligators and mountain lion cubs, tigers, wolfs and the ownership of these animals is often against the law. Similar laws exist in most states, including Wyoming and Utah.
Wild animals can snap, mauling, and biting unsuspecting people. They can also carry serious and deadly diseases that put everyone at risk. Certain monkeys, who are becoming a very popular pet, carry a deadly virus known as the B virus. 80% of all untreated humans who contract the B virus die from the infection. The CDC estimates that 70,000 people every year contract salmonella from a reptile kept as a pet.
If you or someone you love was injured in an animal attack, it is important to contact a top personal injury attorney familiar with animal attacks and dog bites to evaluate your case. You should always file a report with Animal Control and seek immediate medical attention. If the animal in question was kept in captivity illegally, the owner may be responsible for your injuries and medical treatment expenses.