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The park has been cited in the past.
PETA has since paid for billboards on North Carolina highways urging visitors to boycott the bear zoos.
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The group brought game show icon Bob Barker to the reservation to call on Principal Chief Michell Hicks Adidas Neo Advantage Black White
She suffered injuries to her hand and arm, her son, Kole Clapsaddle, said at the time. He owns the business.
CHEROKEE Visitors to a bear zoo on the Cherokee Indian Reservation including a 9 year old girl were bitten by a caged cub on two occasions last month, renewing calls from animal rights advocates to close the business.
A federal inspector watched on July 21 as a young girl fed a mixture of Lucky Charms cereal and cat food to a six month old bear cub at Chief Saunooke Bear Park. The animal bit her, leaving tooth marks on her Adidas Los Angeles Ladies wrist. Department of Agriculture report that ordered the exhibit to add safety features.
The bear park has multiple animal exhibits, including an area near a gift shop where two cubs behind a chain link fence can be hand fed by people.
Park manager Mary Clapsaddle, 75, who has been managing the park for about 20 years, was bitten in December while giving water to a bear.
"It's an outrageous situation and unbelievably cruel to the bears who are forced to be there," said Lisa Wathne, a captive exotic animal specialist for PETA.
last summer from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the national animal welfare advocacy group.
secured in another part.
"There must be some form of public barrier to protect both the animals and the public from direct contact," the report says.
Hicks didn't respond to a message on Friday. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack,
USDA inspection reports going back two years show citations related to overweight bears, cracks in the floors of the enclosures where bears live, and rusted doors leading to the bear dens.
Hicks, at the time, told Barker that Cherokee residents had complained about PETA activists on the reservation and threatened to ban them in the future.
to close the parks.
Bites renew calls to close Cherokee bear zoo
That was where the girl, estimated to be about 9 years old by the inspector, was bitten. Other exhibits include bears in cement pits that can be fed by people dropping food into the enclosure.
Clapsaddle said his mother broke safety rules when she stepped into a pen with a bear. He said handlers are supposed to place food and water in one part of the pen while the bear is Los Angeles Adidas Green
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