State seizing 4 bears from Ohio owner who didn’t get permit

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The state is seizing four bears from a southwest Ohio owner who hasn’t obtained a permit or met tightened requirements for ownership of dangerous wild animals.
    
A Department of Agriculture spokeswoman says officials located the bears Wednesday at a property near Germantown, roughly 15 miles southwest of Dayton. Spokeswoman Erica Hawkins says they also intended to remove a tiger and a cougar at the site, but it wasn’t immediately clear where those animals were.
    
Hawkins says the owner refused to surrender the animals, which will be held at a state facility in Reynoldsburg. She says officials will try to find new homes for them, but those haven’t been determined.
    
The department issued a quarantine order for the animals in July after determining the owner was violating Ohio’s exotic-animals law.

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