Carnage in Zanesville
Dozens of wild animals who escaped from a wildlife preserve in Ohio have been gunned down by police and sheriff’s deputies, and only two — a wolf and a monkey — are still believed at large.
The animals were freed by Terry Thompson, the preserve’s owner, who killed himself after opening all the cages, officials said.
On Tuesday night, a grizzly bear and a mountain lion were killed, but Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz told reporters he can’t be 100 percent sure how many of the 51 animals might still be roaming around Zanesville, Ohio.
Lutz and wildlife expert Jack Hanna, who will take the living animals at the preserve to the Columbus Zoo, urged the public to remain cautious, according to an ABC News report.
Lutz said his officers found grizzly bears, lions, Bengal tigers, black bears and leopards roaming the area around the preserve, many of which had to be killed.
When a veterinarian shot a tiger with a tranquilizer from 15 yards away, Lutz said, it “just went crazy,” and started to run, so officers were forced to shoot it.
Another animal — described only as a big cat — was hit by a car on a highway, and an escaped monkey was eaten by one of the lions.
Thompson, the 61-year-old owner of the preserve, was recently released from prison after serving one year on federal weapons charges. According to investigators he has been cited in the past for animal abuse and neglect.
Sheriff Lutz warned residents to stay inside until the animals are rounded up. Several schools cancelled classes for today.
Posted by jwoestendiek October 19th, 2011 under Muttsblog, videos.
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