Oklahoma wildlife dept. says mountain lions do not make good pets. The web disagrees.

Pet mountain lions sound like an oxymoron, however after some humorous tweeting by the Oklahoma Division of Wildlife Conservation, the state, it appears, is asking whether or not such possession can be a dangerous concept.

On Jan. 20, the federal government division tweeted a photograph of a mountain lion mendacity within the snow with the caption “YOU are chilly. They’ve fur. Don’t let inside.” The tweet was shared greater than 22,000 instances as Twitter customers defied the recommendation and expressed an curiosity in petting or proudly owning a mountain lion. 

“My messaging is at all times ‘Don’t pet mountain lions,’ and I used to be so scared that I used to be going to get up within the morning and folks, the entire Web, had simply determined that they have been going to do it anyway,” Sarah Southerland, the wildlife division’s social media coordinator, informed Dwell Science. 

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The mountain lion tweet was impressed by a meme — often a picture with textual content that’s shared across the internet — displaying a mountain lion with the catchphrase: “If you happen to’re chilly they’re chilly, deliver them inside.” This catchphrase was first used to encourage home pet house owners to deliver their pets inside throughout chilly winter months, however web customers created parodies for issues which might be often not stored inside, comparable to mountain lions, according to Know Your Meme, a web site that researches and paperwork memes. 

The wildlife division’s tweet defined, in a playful means, that individuals should not let mountain lions inside. When Twitter customers began to playfully disagree within the feedback, the tweet unfold. “It was a gradual burn after which as soon as it picked up it was a wildfire,” Darrin Hill, a producer for the wildlife division who got here up with the unique tweet, informed Dwell Science.

Greater than 3,000 folks commented on the put up and 1000’s extra responded in retweets. To combat again towards folks in favor of letting mountain lions inside, Southerland stayed up till 3 a.m. native time on Jan. 22 replying to feedback with disapproving GIFs of the Ron Swanson character from the tv present “Parks and Recreation” (2009-2015).

Southerland additionally Photoshopped footage of combating corgi dogs for instance her battle with Twitter customers over mountain lion pet possession. This culminated in her posting a montage of corgis, every expressing a special side of the mountain lion debate. “I did should name my supervisor and inform her, ‘Okay, look, that is what is going on on and I believe I want so as to add extra corgis,'” Southerland mentioned.  


However did Twitter customers actually need to let mountain lions into their properties? “Most individuals I believe know that they don’t seem to be huge home cats they usually’re very harmful,” Hill mentioned. However he added that regardless of understanding it is a dangerous concept, folks need to suppose that they may have the ability to preserve such predators as pets. 

Jerrod Davis, a senior wildlife biologist within the Oklahoma Division of Wildlife Conservation, famous that mountain lions are wild animals and conserving them as pets is prohibited in Oklahoma. “Wild animals are unpredictable and confining them in your house may be extraordinarily harmful, each for the animal and for the human,” Davis mentioned. “They’ll maintain themselves much better than any human ever may.” 

Initially revealed on Dwell Science.


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