Published Tue, Nov 1, 2011 7:50 am Dateline
Ohio's governor has prodded a study committee to complete its work on new, permanent measures for dealing with private ownership of exotic wild animals in the state.
Gov. John Kasich made a conference call to members of the panel on Monday. Ohio Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Laura Jones says the governor wanted to encourage them to stay on track and wrap up quickly.
Kasich last month ordered a temporary crackdown on dangerous wild animals in private hands after a suicidal owner in Muskingum County released dozens of exotic beasts.
Police killed 48 animals, including 18 endangered Bengal tigers.
The study committee has until the end of November to draft permanent legislation.
The panel continued its discussions during a lengthy private meeting Monday at the Columbus zoo.