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70 big cats confiscated from Tiger King Park

Jeff Lowe of Tiger King fame says federal agents confiscated 70 big cats from his park in Thackerville on Monday. He says one has died.
Federal agents swarmed the Tiger King Park in Thackerville on Monday afternoon.
Federal agents swarmed the Tiger King Park in Thackerville on Monday afternoon.
Updated: May. 17, 2021 at 4:19 PM CDT
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Thackerville, Okla. (KXII) - Federal agents swarmed the Tiger King Park in Thackerville on Monday afternoon.

Jeff Lowe, the zoo’s operator, told News 12 around 70 big cats were taken and one died in the process.

A reporter on the scene said several big trailers have been seen entering and leaving the property.

Lowe said there are still other animals on the property and could not confirm why the cats were being taken.

He told News 12 he, ‘did nothing wrong’.

Neighbor Sally Morgan said she knew something was going on.

“It’s been quiet here, it hasn’t been a normal day,” Morgan said “It seems a little different like something is going on over here. Cause the lions haven’t been roaring or anything. And I heard some vehicles and everything going on over here.”

A representative from the Department of Justice said they said they can’t release information yet but will soon.

A federal complaint filed last Tuesday claims the Lowes have ignored the court’s orders to stop exhibiting animals, but Lowe said he has no idea if this has anything to do with that complaint.

Sally said living near tigers has brought changes to the neighborhood.

“Their scents and smells and everything, it’s just quite different,” Sally said.

Sally’s husband said he doesn’t mind the confiscation because he’s not a fan of living next to big cats.

“I don’t care for them being here,” Gary Morgan said. “When I hear them roar I know where they’re at. And that’s about it. You know, I think that zoos need to be inside the city limits or something like that where they can be regulated.”

The Morgans said they’re hoping this latest seizure will bring some peace.

“The barrier between us and these wild animals is not a safe barrier. And we’ve complained about this continuously and it’s still not safe,” Sally said.

“I just want everything done on the up and up,” Gary said. “We need to know that everything is safe down here and we don’t think it is.”

This is a developing story.

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