Nichole Hannahs

Weather and Exotic Animals

by Nichole Hannahs on October 19, 2011 at 3:29 am

Once it was reported that there were wild animals on the loose people were asking what they could expect if they ran into one. There were sightings in multiple areas.

In Licking County the sheriff’s office reported four calls to their office about exotic animals on the east end of the county. Perry County Sheriff’s Office also reported a wolf near State Route 668 and Interstate 70. Wildlife expert Jack Hanna said Tuesday’s rain would slow down the animals.

"This is not a rain that’s going to harm animals. Obviously 20 degrees is going to be a problem for them, but right now they are probably hunkered down under trees like you would be," said Hanna.

Hanna also said if you ever encounter an exotic animal to stay calm.

"If anybody see one of these animals do not run," said Hanna. "I work with animals all over the world. If that happens you stand up and yell. 95 percent of the time they don’t want to be with you. If you run they don’t see you as a person they see you as let’s go play with it, tackle it. It’s just something that you don’t do."

Hanna also said that in weather like this animals tend to seek shelter under trees.