I will say right off the bat, I completely support the decision of the Muskingum County Sheriff in taking down these animals. First let’s be clear. These weren’t 50 poodles, or even pit bulls. These were LIONS, TIGERS and BEARS. Roaming free in unfamiliar territory. Close to major cities filled with small children. Would you try to trash my reputation if a LION was in my yard and I shot it to protect my family? I doubt it. And these officers are responsible for the safety of EVERYONE in the county.
Jack Hanna was quoted as saying:
“It’s dark out there. You cannot tranquilize an animal in the dark. You don’t know where he’s going to go, number one. You don’t know what he’s going to do, number two,” Hanna said. “We had to take a tiger, tranquilize it. The tiger became aggressive. He had to shoot the tiger. We’re trying our best not to do that anymore, but we can only do what we can do.”
Hanna said it’s a very sad situation, for the animals, and for the people who were forced to shoot and kill those animals. He said that’s something those people will carry with them for the rest of their lives.
Fact is that there likely isn’t enough tranq darts in the surrounding counties to take care of this. Then what? We wait to get more and HOPE that hungry lion eats a cow from a farm instead of a kid outside?
Alternatively, if the deputies had not taken immediate and swift action and someone got scratched or eaten(hungry lions aren’t vegetarians you know) then we would hear about those lazy do-nothing cops. Probably afraid of the animals.
I’m sure the sheriff’s department didn’t want to kill these animals but they did what they had to do protect their community.
Now what we have are cops following orders, doing the best they could to protect their community, and people wants to vilify them because of the poor tigers? Maybe they should on call the next time this happens. Drive out to the middle of the state in the middle of the night and try to safely capture a lion. Good luck, and nice knowing you.
I for one say “Good job officers.”