Lion may have been first to escape under Ohio law

FAIRFIELD BEACH, Ohio - A 400-pound lion wandering a central Ohio neighborhood apparently was the first documented escape since the state's new law regulating exotic-animal ownership took effect last year.

Spokeswoman Erica Hawkins with the Ohio Department of Agriculture says the agency has not documented any other cases of exotic animals loose since the law took effect.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the Fairfield Beach lion that was loose is among 361 exotic animals owned by 142 people statewide that have been registered since the law took effect.

Officials are investigating last week's escape in Fairfield County. Someone apparently broke the cage locks and left cooked ribs and chicken giblets to lure the animal out.

The owner helped leash the lion and get her back in a cage.

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