Ohio Governor Signs Order Cracking Down on Exotic Animal Ownership

October 22, 2011 Updated Oct 22, 2011 at 12:01 PM EDT

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich

October 22, 2011 Updated Oct 22, 2011 at 12:01 PM EDT

In the aftermath of this week's incident in Ohio where a wildlife preserve owner freed more than 50 exotic animals -- including lions, tigers and bears -- from their cages, Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Friday signed an executive order to to help deal with wild animal issues in the state, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

The order does not ban the ownership or sale of wild animals, according to the Dispatch.

Read the Columbus Dispatch story HERE.