|A dead lion by the fence on Terry Thompson's farm near Zanesville, Ohio, Tuesday.|
NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- A Zanesville, Ohio, animal farm owner killed himself on Wednesday after he released lions, bears, and other aggressive beasts that officials were ordered to shoot on sight. Authorities said owner Terry Thompson's body was found surrounded by animals, and that some 30 of the released creatures were hunted and shot to death, according to The Associated Press.
Sheriff deputies, police officers and officers of the state Division of Wildlife were instructed to kill the escaped exotic animals because it was at night. "You cannot tranquilize an animal like this, a bear or a leopard or a tiger
at nighttime ," TV host Jack Hanna said on ABC's "Good Morning America," according to the AP. "If you do that, the animal gets very excited, it goes and hides, and then we have officers in danger of losing their life, and other people." A caretaker reportedly told officials that the animal-farm beasts had been fed on Monday. -- Written by Joe Deaux in New York. >To contact the writer, click here: Joe Deaux. >To follow the writer on Twitter, go to: http://twitter.com/JoeDeaux. >To submit a news tip, send an email to: email@example.com