The lawyer for the woman mauled by a 200-pound chimp in February 2009 is mystified that the state only acted after the attack to add gorillas, chimpanzees, and orangutans to the list of potentially dangerous animals banned in Connecticut.
The DEP next week will hold a hearing on proposed new regulations to carry out a 2009 law that added the primates to the list of banned animals.
"It's too little, too late, for my client,'' Charles Willinger of Bridgeport said of Charla Nash, who lost her hands and much of her face when she was attacked by Travis the chimp, owned by Nash's friend, Sandra Herold, in Stamford.
Willinger said that the commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection had the authority for decades to make a list of banned animals, including primates over 50 pounds, and then enforce the ban.
"It remains a real mystery to us why they didn't,'' Willinger said Tuesday.
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