Oswald’s Bear Ranch to pay $2,400 fine following incident leading to death of bear cub

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NEWBERRY, MI (WLUC) – Bear Ranch in Oswald has agreed to pay a civil fine following a complaint filed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) regarding Sophie Bear’s escape after a storm and subsequent euthanasia by a local law enforcement official.

The incident in 2019 was originally investigated by the US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. Oswald’s Bear Ranch said in a press release that the loss of electricity, due to a high wind blizzard, was scheduled to be a “single accident.”

In a press release from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the animal rights organization claimed that the complaint stems from advice they sent to the USDA.

“A bear cub died due to an ineffective operation,” said Debbie Metzler, PETA’s associate director for Captive Animal Law Enforcement. “The Bear Farm in Oswald is a death trap for vulnerable animals who use them as photo props, and Pete tells the audience to stay away from them.”

Recently, several complaints have been filed by animal rights companies in reference to alleged violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) regarding care at the 240-acre rescue facility.

“The USDA has dropped all of these concerns after the review, and the Bear Oswald Ranch has been rated 100% with no ‘inconsistent’ issues from the AWA,” said Oswald Bear Ranch.

To learn more about the initial complaints against the Bear Ranch in Oswald, read our original article.

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