New reports detailing how authorities in Ohio responded when
dozens of exotic animals escaped last month show that a lion and a
bear charged at deputies before they were shot and killed.
The reports released Friday describe a chaotic scene around the
private compound in eastern Ohio.
Two deputies shot a pair of lions running near a fence along an
interstate highway. A deputy says one lion got up and charged at
him before he killed it.
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 on Oct. 18 and then
Deputies say they couldn't get near the man at first because a
tiger was standing over his body.
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