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Cougar habitat still a possibility at Columbus State

Moday's meeting was standing room only inside the Schuster Center on campus. Moday's meeting was standing room only inside the Schuster Center on campus.
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Columbus State University students and the faculty senate discussed the proposal of a live cougar habitat on the school's campus.

Monday's meeting was standing room only inside the Schuster Center on campus. Community members were there to learn more about the possible habitat.

"Today we presented a concept, an idea the university is looking into about what it would look like if we had cougars in a habitat facility on campus. It's an idea that other prestigious schools like LSU, Auburn, and Baylor have looked at. Many other schools have looked at it so we're just asking is this something CSU should do," says Dr. Kimberly McElveen, Senior Director of Student Affairs.

The faculty senate ultimately opposed the proposal.

"The majority voted against it and I think you heard many of the concerns. The concerns are the welfare of the animals themselves, as well as the reputation of the university as far as the controversy it might cause, and also the cost and how we might spend that money," says Brian Schwartz, Executive Officer of the CSU faculty senate.

However, that doesn't mean the cougars won't come to campus. The CSU president will ultimately make the final decision.

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