The Zanesville Ohio Moose Lodge #867 parking lot was the site of ground zero after the Tuesday night release of over fifty exotic animals from a private farm in Muskingum County. The troubled owner of the farm released the animals shortly before he committed suicide. This farm was located about one-half mile south of the Lodge. Sadly, around fifty animals had to be killed to prevent injury and loss of life to humans.
Around 6:00 pm on Tuesday, October 18, 2011, the Muskingum County Sheriff Department pulled in the Lodge parking lot with their command vehicle. After that, the parking lot became a small city with law enforcement, Columbus Zoo and Wilds Officials, including Columbus Zoo Director Emeritus Jack Hanna, reporters, TV and radio news crews with satellite trucks and numerous others.
The Lodge also provided internet access, hot coffee, food and shelter from the endless downpour of rain to anyone that needed it during the day Wednesday and continuing into Thursday morning. Several of our members were interviewed and appeared on news broadcasts.
Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz held scheduled a news conference onThursday Morning and thanked the Zanesville Moose during this interview, (About 6 minutes into the video) which will probably be broadcast internationally.