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He had permits for nine bears for 2010, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The state requires permits for bears but doesn’t regulate the ownership of nonnative animals like lions and tigers.

Kandra’s death shows that Ohio needs immediate action to prohibit private ownership of wild animals, the Humane Society said.

“Ohio has been one of the outliers, putting both public safety and the welfare of the animals at risk,” president Wayne Pacelle said in a statement.