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Wild Animal Ownership Banned in Ohio

Wild Animal Ownership Banned in Ohio

As one of his last efforts, outgoing Governor of Ohio Ted Strickland has placed an emergency ban on the buying or selling of wild predators such as bears, wolves, primates, alligators, venomous snakes, and large constricting snakes. The ban is meant to prevent injuries to humans from trying to keep wild animals as pets. “This rule will help protect Ohioans from deaths and serious injuries caused by attacks from dangerous wild animals held in private ownership,” he said. (Source:

There appears to be a lack of awareness about the difference between wild and domesticated animals in some people. One of the incidents that focused attention on the issue of wild animal ownership was the tragic death of a young Ohio man after being mauled by a caged bear. Brent Kandra worked at the home of a man who had a collection of wolves and other large predators including eight bears, four tigers, and a lion. Kandra was killed one day when he opened the bear’s cage for a routine feeding. The bear had never previously been aggressive with him.

The homeowner’s license to exhibit animals had been taken away after it was revealed the owner had allowed people to wrestle with his bears. The bear that mauled Kandra was euthanized after the attack, which is the typical course of action when a wild animal kept in captivity has attacked or killed a human. Kandra’s parents have supported Strickland’s ban.

In 2006, an Ohio man was killed by his pet boa constrictor snake. In 2004, an Ohio woman was bitten by her pet viper and died. She owned a total of nine venomous snakes. When police inspected her home they had no knowledge of the presence of venomous snakes and could have been bitten and killed also. The woman had driven herself to the hospital after being bitten and died there.

In a separate incident in November 2010, an Ohio teenager stole and killed an alpaca, though the animal was not aggressive to anyone and had done nothing to him. One of the more curious aspects of owning wild animals as pets, is that there are plenty of unwanted dogs and cats in shelters waiting to be adopted, yet some people still choose “exotic” animals. In some cases it appears to be a form of reckless thrill-seeking, and in others exploiting the animal to get attention for one’s self.

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8:02AM PDT on Aug 25, 2012

why did gov strickland take so long to put this ban in place??what about the rest of the country doing something about exotic animal possession,buying trading breeding etc?????

8:00AM PDT on Aug 25, 2012

what about lions and tigers? is law enforcement going to go around with animal protection and save the animals presently held captive? are any laws in place to protect the animals and punish the idiot humans? you need deterrence like hefty fines ,no plea bargaining, make them clean up animal cages and shelters

1:11AM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

Very well done.

2:29PM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

It should really be banned everywhere. There's a reason they are called WILD animals!!!!!

12:52PM PST on Feb 13, 2012

Good. Couldn't be happier about it.

2:48AM PST on Feb 11, 2012

Good-it's about time!

4:13AM PST on Jan 13, 2012

Good! Thanks for the article!

12:05PM PDT on Aug 13, 2011

How do i report a wild raccoon livin in a cage in a womans house?? who do i call and what will they do?

9:13AM PDT on Jun 28, 2011

Leave wild animals in their natural habitat where they should be...not in cages.

8:53AM PDT on Apr 6, 2011

I am from Ohio and I truly appreciate Governor Ted Strickland passing this act.

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