Licking Co. On Alert After Animals Release

Local News

The Licking County Sheriff’s Office said they received at least four calls Tuesday night in regards to sightings of exotic animals. Though none on the sightings could be confirmed by law enforcement.

As a precaution the sheriff’s office has activated members of its SWAT team. The team is equipped with night vision and necessary weapons to deal with any encounters as such animals may pose an inherent threat to county residents.

Sheriff Randy Thorp encourages residents to use caution when outside and report any suspicious sightings to the Licking County Sheriff’s Office at (740) 670-5555.

Nichole Hannahs
Nichole is WHIZ’s News Director/Anchor. She joined the WHIZ family while attending high school at Bishop Rosecrans, before taking a full-time position in 2005. Nichole is no stranger to the area. She grew up in Corning, Ohio and and graduated from Waynesburg College, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications emphasizing in Sports Broadcasting/Sports Information and Journalism.When not at work Nichole enjoys watching St. Louis Blues hockey, enjoying time with family, spending time outdoors and reading.If Nichole wasn't in broadcasting she'd probably have become a teacher.Nichole is married to a fellow sports fan Brandon. They have two sons Cameron and Xavier.