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    OH-Exotic animal farm owner found dead-48 wild animals escape

    Police said they have shot at least 25 of at least 48 escaped exotic animals on Tuesday night.

    Terry Thompson, the owner of the farm, was found dead outside of his home on the animal farm property.

    Police said the fences had been left unsecured.

    According to police, the animals escaped at about 6 p.m. from an animal farm near Kopchak Road.

    Police would not comment on what animals escaped but said the animal farm did have lions, wolves, cheetahs, tigers, giraffes, camels, grizzly bears and black bears.

    More:
    http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/...ls-escape.html

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    Exotic animals being shot after escape from Ohio farm
    Bears, wolves, tigers, cougars and cheetahs go free; owner found dead

    http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/449539...me_and_courts/

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    There were multiple sightings of exotic animals along Interstate 70. In addition to the carnivores, the animal farm also held giraffes and camels. Lutz's office warned residents near Kopchak Road and Interstate 70 to use caution and stay inside.

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    Sounds like he let them lose and killed himself or someone killed him and let them all lose. Shame the animals have to pay the price.

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    http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/news/sta...#ixzz1bBpOXKOU

    They said 25 lions, bears and wolves had been shot and killed and that there were multiple sightings of exotic animals along Interstate 70.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Fessel View Post
    Sounds like he let them lose and killed himself or someone killed him and let them all lose. Shame the animals have to pay the price.
    Very tragic for the animals. It will be interesting to find out what the story is.

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    Wow ! How terribly sad all the way around. I see they did bring in some zoo people to hopefully tranqulize some of these animals, oh my gosh, this is terrible !

    I hope people do stay in doors tonight as LE has warned..........
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    Thankfully Zoo people are there now hoping to tranquilize the remaining animals. Owner was recently released from prison.

    http://www.statejournal.com/story.cf...storyid=110435

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Fessel View Post
    http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/news/sta...#ixzz1bBpOXKOU

    They said 25 lions, bears and wolves had been shot and killed and that there were multiple sightings of exotic animals along Interstate 70.
    Well, I am from a "smallish" town in Louisiana---not exactly the hub of civilization, but even I have heard of tranquilizer guns. Why on earth would you shoot to kill an animal that has NOT attacked a human? Why not tranquilize the animal and move it to a place where it is secure and not a threat to other species?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kgeaux View Post
    Well, I am from a "smallish" town in Louisiana---not exactly the hub of civilization, but even I have heard of tranquilizer guns. Why on earth would you shoot to kill an animal that has NOT attacked a human? Why not tranquilize the animal and move it to a place where it is secure and not a threat to other species?
    How long do you let a lion run around where people live waiting for someone with a tranquilizer gun? All police have guns, very few have tranquilizer guns.

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    Not only was the fence unsecured, the cages were left open. The below link has more info.

    http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/news/state/p...-animals-loose

    ETA: LE doesn't know how much of a head start the animals had on them.


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    They called the escaped animals "mature, very big, aggressive" but said a caretaker told them the animals had been fed on Monday.

    Read more: http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/news/state/p...#ixzz1bBzB8CAB

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Fessel View Post
    They called the escaped animals "mature, very big, aggressive" but said a caretaker told them the animals had been fed on Monday.

    Read more: http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/news/state/p...#ixzz1bBzB8CAB
    Oh I bet that makes people feel better......
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    Quote Originally Posted by mysticrose View Post
    Oh I bet that makes people feel better......
    No kidding as a grizzly bear charges through their picture window, don't worry they have been fed.

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    Though animal-rights activists had wanted Mazzola charged with reckless homicide, the caretaker's death was ruled a workplace accident. The bear was later destroyed.

    This summer, Mazzola was found dead on a water bed, wearing a mask and with his arms and legs restrained, at his home in Columbia Township, about 15 miles southwest of Cleveland.

    Read more: http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/news/state/p...#ixzz1bC0Ev5ep

    You know this might be the work of animal rights group. Might be murder in both cases.

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    The below link has a presser video. No direct link. They will be recommending a couple of school districts close tomorrow.

    http://www.10tv.com/

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