Dangerous Exotic Animal Use of Force Continuum IMPORTANT- The list of officer responses is not intended to be in any specific order, but reflects on the amount of resistance encountered.  The officer will choose the reasonable response to gain control of the situation based on departmental policy, his/or her physical capabilities, perception, training, and experience. Animal attacks or has attacked a person. (Imminent threat of physical harm to responding officers or general public) Deadly Force Level 5 Animal shows aggression (Displays teeth/Charges/shows signs of Aggressive Body Mannerisms) Less than Lethal Force Level 4 Animal displays physical defensive mannerisms. (Growling/Hissing/Cowering) Anesthetic Control of Animal Level 3 Animal agitated, but responding to Physical Control. Physical Control of the Animal Level 2 Animal showing no aggression/Calm Verbal control of the Animal Level 1          Animal’s  Actions                      Officer’s Responses Continuum of Exotic Animal Response: Control-Secure-Neutralize-Evaluate-Transport Under the Directive: Tim Harrison, Director of Outreach for Animals OFFICER-SUBJECT FACTORS Age Sex Size Skill Level Multiple Relative Strength SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES Closeness of a Weapon Injury or Exhaustion Being on the Ground Distance from the Animals Special Knowledge Availability of Other Options Environmental Conditions THREE MOST SERIOUS SCENARIOS:  (Special circumstances may require skipping levels) 1- Children: Schoolyard, playground, etc 2- Interstate of Main road, high traffic areas:  Many people who will get out of vehicles to approach the animal. 3- Residential and populated areas. If Exotic Animal is found: Calm the area down: Create and maintain a quiet, calm, soft attitude and approach. No Sirens, No Flashing Lights, No Running, No Screaming or Yelling. No aggression, keep conversations at a calm, low tone. Calmly and Quietly surround area with rescue team/police Police Officers and firefighters should not approach the exotic animal. Stay inside vehicles, wait for animal control and rescue team.  Keep visual on animal at all times. Immediately get all people into shelter and away from animal. Set up a hard perimeter Rescue team that approaches exotic animal should be equipped with: Dart Rifle (Darting only in controlled or contained area) Anesthetic can take     12-15 minutes to be effective if weight of animal is judged correctly. Pistol (at least a 45 caliber), Shotgun, (deer slugs) or SWAT response weapons Taser Dog Snares/Bull Ropes Snake Sticks (holding cages) Catching Nets   Contact: Outreach for Animals 937-436-0727 Level 1: Verbal control of the animal. Level 2: Physical control of the animal (snares, hands, nets, etc.)    Level 3: Anesthetic control of animal (dart gun, blow gun, hand injection, or placed in bait) Level 4:  Less than lethal force: (subdue animal by use of Taser, bean bag rounds mace, or strike animal) Level 5:  Deadly Force: (Your life or others in danger. Shoot to kill.) Contact information:  outreachforanimals.org
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