95 percent of ancient Ohio was forested. But centuries ago there were also small regions of prairie. Tall grasses and wildflowers were part of the prairie ecology and so were bison. Researchers near Columbus are trying to reestablish a prairie / bison ecosystem.
Governor John Kasich Signs Exotic Animal Executive Order
Ohio Gov. John Kasich says he’ll push for a moratorium on exotic animal auctions and a crackdown on unlicensed auctions.
The governor announced an executive order Friday, a few days after an owner of exotic pets in Ohio set dozens free this week and committed suicide.
Kasich had let an order that banned buying and selling exotic animals expire this spring, arguing it lacked legal authority.
Kasich’s order says he’ll propose laws to regulate wild animals by Nov. 30. And he says the state will work toward better application of existing laws until more specific laws are enacted.
Activists have complained that Ohio has some of the nation’s laxest regulations on exotic pets.
Police were forced to shoot most of the animals freed this week to ensure public safety.