Exotic animals seized from Ohio farm
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ZANESVILLE, OH - OCTOBER 19: A truck and trailer owned by the The Wilds, a wildlife conservation center, leaves the property where exotic animals escaped October 19, 2011 in Zanesville, Ohio. Muskingum County Animal Farm owner Terry Thompson was found dead Tuesday evening after deputies received calls reporting wild animals on the loose west of Zanesville. Authorities suspect that Thompson set the animals loose and then took his own life. Approximately 30 of the animals from the farm were shot and killed as a team of more than 50 officials patrolled the area Tuesday night in search of exotic animals such as lions, tigers, cheetahs, wolves and bears. (Photo by Jay LaPrete/Getty Images)
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ZANESVILLE, OH - OCTOBER 19: Muskingum County Sheriff deputies patrol the entrance to the property where exotic animals escaped from a wildlife preserve October 19, 2011 in Zanesville, Ohio. Muskingum County Animal Farm owner Terry Thompson was found dead Tuesday evening after deputies received calls reporting wild animals on the loose west of Zanesville. Authorities suspect that Thompson set the animals loose and then took his own life. Approximately 30 of the animals from the farm were shot and killed as a team of more than 50 officials patrolled the area Tuesday night in search of exotic animals such as lions, tigers, cheetahs, wolves and bears. (Photo by Jay LaPrete/Getty Images)
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Exotic animals seized from Ohio farm
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ZANESVILLE, OH - OCTOBER 19: A barn stands on the property from where exotic animals escaped a wildlife preserve October 19, 2011 in Zanesville, Ohio. Muskingum County Animal Farm owner Terry Thompson was found dead Tuesday evening after deputies received calls reporting wild animals on the loose west of Zanesville. Authorities suspect that Thompson set the animals loose and then took his own life. Approximately 30 of the animals from the farm were shot and killed as a team of more than 50 officials patrolled the area Tuesday night in search of exotic animals such as lions, tigers, cheetahs, wolves and bears. (Photo by Jay LaPrete/Getty Images)
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Ohio officials note progress after exotic animals release

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio officials are contending the state is safer under tighter restrictions for owning exotic animals.

Thursday marks one year since a suicidal owner released dozens of wild creatures -- including bears, Bengal tigers and mountain lions -- from his farm near Zanesville in eastern Ohio.

A new law that took effect last month requires owners to register their exotic animals and meet other regulations. According to the state, just 17 owners have completed registrations so far.

The law bans people from buying and selling dangerous wild animals. Other provisions such as permit requirements have yet to kick in.

The Ohio sheriff who oversaw the response to the animals' release last October says the state has made progress. But one Republican opponent of the law is more skeptical of its impact.

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