Ohio farm exotic animals escaped, lions, tigers, bears, wolves, hunting going on, schools closed

By on Oct 19, 2011 in Animals, United States Comments

Updated: October 20, 2011 1:35 a.m.

Read Ohio escaped animals deliberately freed by owner, at least three remain at large

Exotic animals such as lions, tigers, bears, have escaped from a farm in Ohio, with hunting now going and schools were closed to protect the students.

Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz, talking
to Ohio residents about the loose exotic animals

Image Credit: Trevor Jones/AP

As noted in US news sites, around 48 wild animals went loose from Muskingum County Animal Farm in Zanesville on Tuesday, October 19, 2011, which also include wolves, giraffes, cheetahs, and camels.

According to the report, local authorities saw their cages open and farm owner Terry Thompson was found dead. Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office officials were immediately deployed to hunt these escaped animals.

“These are wild animals, wild animals that you would see on TV in Africa,” Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz was quoted in a press conference on Wednesday, noting that it is not yet clear on what really happened to Mr. Thompson.

“I would recommend staying in doors right now,” Lutz added, citing that his deputies have already killed about 25 of the animals at large, including lions and wolves, with the exotic animals reportedly escaped around 6 pm (local time) on Tuesday.

“This is a bad situation. It’s been a bad situation for a long time and the last thing we want to do is have any of our public hurt.” The Muskingum County sheriff explained further.

On the other hand, Licking County Sheriff Randy Thorp told reports that the county SWAT team was also deployed, which will be using night vision and necessary arms against wild animals.

Meanwhile, schools in at least four districts in eastern Ohio were declared closed on Wednesday while the hunting continues and no other injuries reported brought about the incident.

Among the schools declared closed include Maysville Local Schools, Zanesville City Schools, Foxfire Community Schools and West Muskingum Local Schools, WBNS-TV reported.

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