COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio sheriff says handling the escape
of dozens of dangerous wild animals from a private compound last
month cost his agency about $8,500.
Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz told a working group
studying Ohio's exotic animals laws that the cost was for his
The figure is contained in minutes of the group's Oct. 24
meeting reviewed by The Associated Press after they were published
Sheriff's deputies were forced to kill 48 wild animals,
including bears, lions and endangered Bengal tigers, after their
owner freed them late in the afternoon of Oct. 18, then committed
The working group is proposing recommendations that would likely ban dangerous animals and allow existing owners to keep such
wildlife but require new permit rules for them.
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