Alaskan government officials have moved to expel a recently recaptured Savannah cat, reports Jim Halpin of the Anchorage Daily News (story here).
Simon the Savannah cat had been missing for six months when Department of Fish and Game found him and reunited him with owner, Sharon Gratix. The same Department later informed Mrs. Gratix that it was illegal to keep a Savannah cat in Alaska and she had 30 days to get rid of Simon.
In August, the Australian Government made a sensible decision not to allow importation of Savannah cats - derived from African Serval-domestic cat matings - into the country. The danger to Australian wildlife was considered too great. Importers passionately claimed that the high price of a Savannah (upwards of $5,000) would ensure no one would let such a cat roam.
Of course, like all cats, Savannahs do roam and therefore could have introduced genes of the most efficient hunting cat in Africa into the Australian feral cat population. Like we don't have enough problems with feral cats now.
It seems the Alaskan authorities have a similar view that hybrid cats are not welcome in their State. Smart decision.