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Bears, tigers, and wolves escape animal farm in Ohio

ZANESVILLE, OH (WTOL) -  The owner of the Muskingum County Animal Farm was found dead outside a home on the scene. Terry Thompson, the owner of the land and animals, was recently released from prison for an unknown crime.

Animals kept at the facility include lions, tigers, bears, wolves, giraffes, and camels. It's unknown how many animals are still out, but there are still thought to be several dangerous animals on the loose, creating a public safety threat. People are advised to stay inside.

According to Muskingum Co. Sheriff Matt Lutz the animals' cages were found to be unsecured. A former employee of the farm is on scene assisting deputies.  

At this point bears and wolves have been fatally shot. Bears and Wolves have also been spotted from Interstate 70. Deputies are currently patrolling the area in pickup trucks, armed with shotguns. They are holding a 5 to 7 mile radius perimeter.

Columbus Zoo and The Wilds are on scene to assist with the animals. A helicopter with infrared equipment is currently en route to the scene.

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