Jeff Lowe’s ‘Tiger King’ Park got raided by the feds yet again, and this time, he has lost of his big cats to them as well. Lowe revealed to TMZ that the raid began at his zoo in Thackerville, Oklahoma at 7 AM in the Monday morning.
When about 40-50 federal agents entered the premises with a warrant, they told Lowe that he should remain in his house at all times and should he fail to comply, he’d be arrested.
He went on to tell TMZ further that the feds are looking to seize about 70 animals from the zoo, and despite him having no tiger cubs, the feds were looking for them specifically.
According to Jeff, the warrant was issued by the Eastern District of Oklahoma’s federal judge. The warrant is based on the Endangered Species Act for the search of the zoo’s premises and the seizure of animals. In a raid earlier this month, the feds seized some hybrid big cats, which are not under the protection of the Endangered Species Act, on which the warrant was based.
As per TMZ, the previous raid was backed by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, while the USDA was also had some involvement. It’s unclear if the same agencies are at play here, or the whole matter is something else.[Via]