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Report: Ohio deputies faced charging bear, lion during escape

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(AP) - 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.

Deputies responded to initial reports of loose bears, big cats and other beasts.

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.

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