PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY

Zebra on Loose in Maryland Found Dead, 2 Still on Run

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police is investigating. 

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One of the escaped zebras still on the loose in Maryland was found dead, officials said.

The Prince George's County Department of Environment said the zebra was caught in a snare trap that was set up near the property from which the zebras escaped.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police responded to a report of a dead animal Sept. 16 and found the zebra. 

Snare traps are illegal in Maryland, DNR said. An investigation is underway to learn who set the trap. That person could face charges. 

The Prince George's County Department of Environment said only three zebras were ever missing. Two zebras now remain on the loose.

Animal control officials are continuing their efforts to trap those still on the run.

The zebras got away from a private farm near Upper Marlboro. They have been on the run since September.

Animal control has been trying to catch them by setting up a feeding station and a 8-foot-tall corral.

News4’s Pat Collins goes on the search for the missing zebras still on the loose in Maryland. Here’s how animal control is trying to catch them.

"They are animals that you just can't walk up and put a lasso on," Chief Rodney Taylor from Prince George’s Animal Control said. "They're going to run away from you."

The zebras are owned by Jerry Holly, a wealthy breeder and trader of exotic animals, who has a history of keeping unusual pets.

CORRECTION (9:55 p.m., Oct. 14, 2021): An earlier version of this article said the deceased zebra was found in the past week. Authorities now say the zebra was found last month.

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