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.
Columbus’ Homicides Dropped Last Year
The number of homicides in Ohio’s capital of Columbus dipped slightly in 2011 to 92 murders, which is an average year for the city.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that as of Friday, Columbus led both Cincinnati and Cleveland in homicides. According to their respective police departments, Cincinnati had 66 and Cleveland, 91.
There were 105 murders in Columbus in 2010.
Police says most of the Columbus victims were shot, and more people between the ages of 23 to 39 were killed than in any other age group.
FBI statistics show that of Ohio’s largest cities, Toledo had the lowest average homicide rate for the period between 2006 and 2010. Its murder rate was 8 per 100,000 residents. On average, about 13 murders have occurred in Columbus per 100,000 residents.