Ohio deputies faced charging animals during escape

      Lion shot and killed during hunt for escaped exotic animals / WNWO Newsfile

      New reports detailing how authorities in Ohio responded when dozens of exotic animals escaped last month show that a lion and a bear charged at deputies before they were shot and killed.

      The reports released Friday describe a chaotic scene around the private compound in eastern Ohio.

      Two deputies shot a pair of lions running near a fence along an interstate highway. A deputy says one lion got up and charged at him before he killed it.

      Sheriff's deputies were forced to kill 48 wild animals, including bears, lions and endangered Bengal tigers, after their owner freed them late in the afternoon on Oct. 18 and then committed suicide.

      Deputies say they couldn't get near the man at first because a tiger was standing over his body.