Dangerous Wild Animal Response Team

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The release of wild animals nearly two years ago in Muskingum County forced Ohio to rethink it's response to that kind of deadly emergency.

Today local officials announced a new program called DWART.
It's the dangerous wild animal response team.

Sheriff Larry Mincks of the Washington County Sheriff's Department says the new law is managed by the Department of Agriculture.

After what happened in Zanesville, each county must come up with a plan if a wild animal was to escape.

Everyone who owns a wild dangerous animal from tigers to bears is listed county by county. The plan is for the safety of the people but also takes into consideration the safety of the animal.

"I think it went very well, in fact some of the ideas that came up are very interesting as to how we should be doing things. (It) brought up some scenarios that I really hadn't thought about. In fact after you tranquilize an animal, you have a short amount of time to get it into the facility or into an environment where you can control it and take care of it," said Sheriff Larry Mincks, Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Sheriff Mincks says progress is being made in the right direction and the meeting was very successful.

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