WALDO, Ohio (WCMH) — A years-long battle for a Marion County man to keep five tigers on his Waldo area farm has come to an end.
According to the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Mike Stapleton has agreed to surrender the exotic cats that he kept in a cage and barn near his home.
Stapleton has kept the animals in pens, surrounded by cornfields since 2000.
“I did not capture. I did not trap them,” Stapleton told NBC4 in July, adding the tigers he kept in captivity in rural Ohio were born in to captivity, rescued from places across the country where they could no longer be cared for.
The surrender effectively ends Stapleton’s fight to keep the tigers, a fight that has been ongoing since 2012.