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Pet bobcat may be allowed back at New Jersey home

4-10-14

STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a woman in southern New Jersey may get her pet bobcat back if she builds a pen to contain it.

Rocky got out of Ginny Fine’s Stafford Township home on March 25. Fine found the 38-pound, 3-year-old in a nearby patch of woods on Sunday.

Police arrived with a court order to take Rocky to the Popcorn Park Zoo pending a court hearing on Friday.

Police Capt. Tom Dellane tells the Asbury Park Press (http://on.app.com/1k7V3zq ) Fine is legally allowed to have the bobcat. But officials want to be sure she doesn’t let it run at large.

Dellane says zoo officials say Rocky appears friendly and domesticated.

Dellane says an anonymous benefactor has donated money to build the pen.

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Information from: Asbury Park (N.J.) Press, http://www.app.com