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HEY, BUDDY, YA WANT TO ADOPT A BIG CAT?

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A St. Petersburg, Fla., wildlife handler is offering abandoned cats free to anyone who will prove a good home for them. Problem is, these felines grow to 150 pounds.

Vernon Yates has accumulated eight cougars at his Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation complex and he's having trouble giving them away."I have a very hard time placing cougars - everybody does," he said.

He wound up with the big cats as part of his job trapping and housing unwanted exotic animals.

"They make good pets if you understand what you're dealing with," Yates said. " . . . They have the potential to severely hurt somebody, and, in the case of a small child, kill them."

Pet shops sold exotic cats until a couple years ago when stricter state laws were enacted.