Dangerous Wild Animals Work Group
A work group consisting of 10 diverse stakeholder organizations has begun meeting on a monthly basis to consider how to regulate species deemed to be dangerous wild animals in Ohio.
The work group is focused on developing 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 overburden state resources. The goal is to complete work by late fall.
The meetings are not open to the public, but a summary of each meeting is available on this page.
The Department of Natural Resources announced on April 4, 2011 that key stakeholders from across the state would be involved in the development of policies and procedures regarding ownership, sale and transfer of dangerous wild animals in the state of Ohio.
Outreach to stakeholders is taking place at the request of Governor John R. Kasich who supports the regulation of dangerous wild animals to ensure the public’s safety and animals’ humane treatment. He also believes any new regulations should be developed in a transparent way with input from the public and those who have interests at stake.
The Kasich administration initiated this process because of the April 6 expiration of the previous administration’s Executive Order 2010-17S and Emergency Administrative rule 1501:31-19-5, banning the "possession, sale, and transfer."