Two chimpanzees escaped their enclosure in a Las Vegas-area neighborhood this morning. Police shot and killed one and tranquilized the other.
Update at 8:55 p.m. ET: The owners of the chimpanzees, David and Sheri Potochan, have had a special-use permit to keep the primates on their property in unincorporated Clark County since at least 2003, spokesman Dan Kulin told On Deadline, citing the couple’s application. He did not immediately know if they had been approved earlier.
Kulin said the land-use permit must be renewed every five years, but calls for a two-year review. Applicants must also be licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Kulin said the county has approved the keeping of exotic animals at 27 locations outside the city limits of Las Vegas, including “large cats.” He did not have a breakdown on the types of exotic or wild animals being kept in the county.
On their ’03 application, the Potochans described the chimpanzees’ enclosure as an 800-square-foot, 10-foot-tall steel cage. Kulin did not know if the cage was outdoors or inside another structure.
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