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  • Razor wire tops an enclosure at an exotic animal farm Friday, Aug. 20, 2010, in Columbia Station, Ohio, where a 24-year-old man was severely injured by a bear Thursday night. The sheriff's office says the bear is owned by Sam Mazzola, who at one time offered people the chance to wrestle a black bear at a Cleveland expo. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

    Neighbors: Home where bear attacked Ohioan a 'zoo'

    The roars and howls emanating from the property of a man who kept a menagerie of wolves, tigers and bears had many of his neighbors fed up even before one of the bears attacked and killed its 24-year-old caretaker.

  • ** FILE ** In this March 18, 2006 file photo, during an exhibition wrestling match at a sportsmen's show in Cleveland, Lance Palmer takes on Ceaser, a 650-pound black bear owned by Sam Mazzola. On Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010, another bear owned by Mazzola fatally mauled its caretaker at Mazzola's animal sanctuary in Columbia Station, Ohio. Mazzola accumulated dozens of dangerous, exotic animals despite past convictions and losing his license after animal rights activists complained he was making money by letting people wrestle bears. (AP Photo/Jamie-Andrea Yanak, File)

    Bear who mauled caretaker is put down

    A bear that mauled to death a caretaker was euthanized Saturday at the request of the family of the victim, whose father said he had told his son to leave the job.

  • Razor wire tops an enclosure at an exotic animal farm Friday, Aug. 20, 2010, in Columbia Station, Ohio, where a 24-year-old man was severely injured by a bear Thursday night. The sheriff's office says the bear is owned by Sam Mazzola, who at one time offered people the chance to wrestle a black bear at a Cleveland expo. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

    Ohio bear owned by PETA foe kills its caretaker

    A bear owned by a man who used to offer people the chance to wrestle the animals mauled its 24-year-old caretaker to death during a feeding on property containing other bears, many wolves, and perhaps lions and tigers, authorities said Friday.

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