Emergency Management agencies throughout the state are being charged with creating plans to handle exotic animals.
Auglaize County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Troy Anderson said state officials are requiring such plans be made after more than 50 exotic animals escaped from a farm near Zanesville in October 2011.
Forty-nine of the animals, including tigers, lions, black bears, mountain lions, grizzly bears, wolves and a baboon, were killed when law enforcement responded. Six animals, a grizzly bear, leopards and monkeys, were captured alive.
Wapakoneta city officials rejected a proposal to convert the city’s fleet of vehicle to natural gas.
Wapakoneta City Council Utilities Committee members declined to give a favorable recommendation on a written proposal by Dennis Black with King Clean Energy LLC, of Tipp City, who provided documents showing the city would save thousands of dollars switching the city’s vehicles to natural gas from gasoline.