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In Ohio, authorities killed 18 tigers, 17 lions, six black bears, two grizzly bears, three mountain lions, two wolves and a baboon. Some other animals were captured and taken to a nearby zoo.

A monkey that could have Herpes B is still on the loose.

The exotic creatures were in Terry Thompson's custody, on a Zanesville farm, before he released them. Later, the 62-year-old man died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The town of 25,000 people has been in a uproar. Schools were closed, people were afraid to leave their house, and signs on the motorways said "Caution. Exotic animals."

Deputies said they had to kill the animals for the sake of public safety.

It's unfortunate so many animals died because of this incident. Since Thompson took his own life, there will be many unanswered questions.

How do you think the authorities should have handled this situation? Do you think killing the animals was extreme or necessary?

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