Police in Ohio have shot and killed dozens of large, carnivorous animals, including lions, tigers, and grizzly bears after the owner of an exotic animal farm set the animals free and then killed himself on Wednesday. Police found Terry Thompson dead of a self-inflicted gunshot after receiveing multiple reports of animals on the loose. Thompson's zoo included lions, cheetahs, tigers, wolves, giraffes, camels and grizzly bears. "It's like Noah's arc wrecking right here in Zanesville, Ohio," said Jack Hanna, Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo. Residents were warned to stay in their homes Thursday as police attempted to corral the remaining escapees, which include a mountain lion and a grizzly bear.
Read more at USA Today
Support Outside Online
Our mission to inspire readers to get outside has never been more critical. In recent years, Outside Online has reported on groundbreaking research linking time in nature to improved mental and physical health, and we’ve kept you informed about the unprecedented threats to America’s public lands. Our rigorous coverage helps spark important debates about wellness and travel and adventure, and it provides readers an accessible gateway to new outdoor passions. Time outside is essential—and we can help you make the most of it. Making a financial contribution to Outside Online only takes a few minutes and will ensure we can continue supplying the trailblazing, informative journalism that readers like you depend on. We hope you’ll support us. Thank you.