In the aftermath of the Zanesville animal massacre in Ohio in 2011, where lions, tigers, bears and other wild animals had been released by their owner, who then committed suicide, to roam the town - lawmakers knew swift change was needed. On that day, police officers found themselves with no other choice but to kill nearly 50 animals who were reportedly displaying aggressive behavior.
In order to prevent another incident like Zanesville - one that would risk the lives of not only endangered animals, but humans as well - the Ohio Dangerous Wild Animal Act was passed the following year, calling for stricter regulation pertaining to the ownership of wild animals and restricted snakes. From there, it was a race for exotic pet owners to either comply with the new regulations or give up their animals to state officials.
As a result, nine bears found themselves without homes.