Final Report On Wild Animal Release

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Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz has issued his final report on the freeing of dozens of wild, exotic animals last October. It shows that Terry Thompson told a caretaker he “had a plan” the night before the creatures were set loose. Sheriff Lutz says Thompson was troubled over caring for his animals and about being confined to his property after spending a year in prison on a gun conviction. He also was upset that his wife was away. The Sheriff says Thompson fatally shot himself after releasing the animals at his Kopchak Road farm on October 18th. Lutz indicates its unclear how Thompson got the gun. Deputies were forced to killed 48 animals including lions, and endangered Bengal Tigers.

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