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Governor John Kasich is
calling on local agencies to come up with a plan and a response team to handle
a particular kind of emergency: dangerous animals that escape into the
It's called a "Dangerous
Wild Animal Response Team," and soon there will be one in each county across
The list includes wolves,
monkeys, and certain snakes.
"I'm sure we do have quite
a few people who own these types of animals that are on this list," said Fulton
County Emergency Management Director Heather Kost.
In 2011, dangerous animals
were released into a community in Muskingum County. Now the governor wants to
make sure that if something like that happens again, people will know how to
"This is an initiative put
in place by the governor, and passed to each county," Kost said.
Kost says Fulton County
already has their team in place. It consists of representatives from law
enforcement agencies, first aid responders, and even a dangerous animal owner.
"It's like anything else,"
she said. "Hope that it never happens, but if it were to happen, everybody
would know, the responders would know what the plan is."
The next step is to submit
the team members' names to the state, Kost said, then they'll follow guidelines
to come up with a response plan.
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