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Exotic Animal Law in Ohio
CINCINNATI, Ohio (WKRC) -- Keeping bears, tigers or other exotic animals in Ohio will soon require a new state-issued permit.
Owners can start applying for the permits Tuesday as the final parts of the state's crackdown on dangerous wild animals begins.
Owners who do not breed animals will apply for a wildlife shelter permit. They must pass a background check and pay fees of up to a thousand dollars.
Ohio officials can seize the animals if owners are found housing them without a permit starting next year. The state strengthened the law following the release of dozens of animals by their suicidal owner in 2011.