Nev. senator: Chimp escape shows need for pet law

July 16, 2012 - 4:36 PM
Chimps On The Loose

The body of a male chimpanze lies on the ground after being shot by police in Las Vegas, Nev., Thursday, July 12, 2012. Las Vegas Metro Police shot two chimpanzees on the loose killing one and tranquilizing the other. Metro spokesman Officer Marcus Martin said the chimp that was killed was shot by an officer after it appeared the chimp was headed toward residents, including children, who had come outside to watch the chase. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus)

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The escape of two chimpanzees from their cage in a rural southern Nevada neighborhood illustrates the need for a state law regulating the keeping of wild and exotic animals as pets, a lawmaker says.

State Sen. Michael Roberson, a Las Vegas Republican, says he'll propose legislation during the 2013 Legislature to prohibit most dangerous wild animals from being kept in people's backyards and basements.

The push comes after two chimps named Buddy and C.J. escaped last week from their 800 square-foot compound Thursday outside Las Vegas. Buddy, a male, was eventually shot and killed by a police officer after jumping atop cars and a police cruiser and veering toward a gathering crowd of onlookers.

C.J., a female, was tranquilized and returned to her enclosure.