USDA files complaint against Coloma animal park

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By: NewsCenter 16 Email

Coloma Lack of clean water, poor veterinary care and failing fences are some of the violations facing an exotic animal sanctuary in Coloma over the last few years. Now there's pressure to have the park shut down.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has filed a formal complaint against Deer Forest in federal court.

The USDA’s inspection service has been to the park multiple times since 2011. They've cited it for improper animal care, not enough trained employees and failure to properly dispose of dead animals to prevent disease.

According to our reporting partners at WSJM, the civil case against Deer Forest does not include the current owners.

A group of citizens is asking Coloma to revoke Deer Forest's grandfathered status that allows it to run as an animal park.

The park's website says it keeps deer, snakes and a bobcat, among other animals.

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