Group to consider regulatory framework for dangerous species
COLUMBUS, OH – The first meeting of a work group tasked with considering how to regulate species deemed to be dangerous wild animals in Ohio was recently held in Columbus, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
The work group is comprised 10 diverse stakeholder organizations from across the state. The meetings, led by ODNR Assistant Director Scott Zody, are not open to the public, but a summary of each meeting will be posted on the ODNR web site at ohiodnr.com
“We have set an aggressive agenda and hope to complete our work by late fall,”
said Zody. “Our goal is to provide a framework for legislative consideration that would include identifying what constitutes a dangerous wild animal, common sense regulations that ensure public safety, and an enforceable process that does not over burden state resources.”
Members of the work group are from the following organizations:
- Association of Zoos and Aquariums (Columbus Zoo)
- Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), USDA
- Humane Society of the United States (Ohio Chapter)
- Knox County Prosecutor’s Office
- Ohio Association of Animal Owners
- Ohio Farm Bureau
- Ohio Department of Natural Resources
- Ohio Veterinary Medical Association
- U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance
- Zoo Association of America
Outreach to the public is an important part of this process, said Zody, adding that the work group will develop a timeline that allows for public comment and public open houses.
The next work group meeting is scheduled for July 22.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR Web site at ohiodnr.com
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For more information, contact:
Laura Jones, ODNR Office of Communication
614. 265. 6860