Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Ohio On Lockdown As Animals Roam Free

"Sheriff’s officers toting assault rifles are out seeking and killing exotic wild animals that escaped from wild animal game preserve in Zanesville, Ohio. By Wednesday morning officers in the rural, eastern Ohio area had already killed dozens of animals that escaped from a wild-animal preserve – the Muskingum County Animal Farm – and where the owner's body later was found. Employees from the Columbus Zoo also went to the farm hoping to tranquilize and capture the animals…. The county Sheriff Matt Lutz described them as 'wild animals that you would see on TV in Africa.' They include lions, tigers, cheetahs, wolves, giraffes, camels and bears."


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dado (#102)

I always bring an assault rifle to a camel fight.

cherrispryte (#444)

Has the county sheriff spent a lot of time watching TV in Africa?

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

There's a safari park (The Wilds) not far from there; the local constabulary have clearly been preparing for this day for years.

GailPink (#9,712)

Why do they have to kill them? Is it that much harder to tranquilize them and put them back in the zoo or whatever? Sounds heinous.

SeanP (#4,058)

@GailPink I don't think tranquilizer darts have much range, so it probably actually is kind of hard to do it. But still – a lot of these critters are endangered. It seems like it's worth a little extra work to try to save them.

deepomega (#1,720)

@GailPink It's harder, and it requires specialized equipment and training. You have to be able to figure out dosage. I'm guessing if there was one animal they'd round up some exotics vet from a zoo – but there's no way they have access to dozens of trained tranquilize-ers.

Yamara (#9,395)


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