A federal indictment handed down today in Minneapolis includes charges against the owner of an Iowa animal park. The federal grand jury returned a 55-count indictment against the owners of a wild animal refuge in southeast Minnesota. It’s alleged that Kenneth and Nancy Kraft illegally sold or bought more than 200-thousand dollars worth of animals on the endangered or threatened species from 1999 to 2003. A number of others who allegedly had dealings with them were also charged including Craig Perry, the operator of Perry’s Wilderness Ranch and Zoo in Center Point, Iowa. The Kraft’s operation, BEARCAT Hollow, has been under investigation for years, for incidents like a Tiger bitting a girl and the escape of a bear. BEARCAT was also allegedly where the 400 pound pet tiger that attacked its owner in 2003 in a New York City apartment came from.
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