KINGMAN – Residents lobbied strongly against a possible relocation of lions and tigers from Oregon to a 40-acre parcel of land in the rural community of Cedar Hills, just east of Kingman. Roughly 20 opponents addressed Mohave County Planning Commission Members on May 11, urging denial of staff supported commercial rezoning for the exotic cat operation.
“Who wants to live next to cages of dangerous predators?” asked Sandy Fellows. “We got 240 some signatures in 2 weeks from people who live in the immediate area and oppose this request.”
Many other project opponents expressed various concerns ranging from declining property values to possible animal escapes and public safety concerns.
A Lake Havasu City couple speaking on behalf of the applicants said that Robert and Bonnie Ringo have had zero incidents of concern during 30 years of operation in Oregon. It was noted that the Ringos want to retire in Arizona and plan to house roughly a dozen exotic cats until the animals expire, without taking in new cats or operating a public facility.
District 4 County Supervisor Jean Bishop, appearing as a concerned property owner in the area, joined the opposition camp.
An hour of discussion led to a unanimous Commission vote to recommend rejection of the rezone request. The matter could be decided at the June 6 Board of Supervisors meeting.