The owners of a wild animal preserve in Dekalb County say what happened in Ohio, can’t happen at their facility.
The operators of Tigers for Tomorrow, which has an Attalla mailing address but is located a couple of miles outside Etowah County, say they have an emergency plan in place should any of their lions, tigers, bears, wolves or other animals escape. Director of Operations Wilbur McCauley says he’s trained to tranquilize the animals.
But he says authorities in Ohio were right to shoot and kill the animals, saying they had no choice. He says the tranquilizers often take as long as half an hour to take effect. Reports out of Ohio indicate one animal that had been shot with a dart, was put down as it tried to charge an animal control worker.
Tigers for Tomorrow is home to lions, tigers, zebras, bears—including at least one grizzly.