- Associated Press - Friday, April 3, 2015

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - Natural Bridge Zoo’s state permit to exhibit wild animals has been suspended following inspections that found more than 40 violations.

Lee Walker with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries tells The Roanoke Times (https://bit.ly/1Iv29Ig ) that the permit won’t be reinstated until the zoo comes into significant compliance with the Animal Welfare Act.

The zoo is closed for the winter. Owner Karl Mogensen tells the newspaper that he hopes to reopen the zoo as scheduled on Saturday. He declined further comment.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture inspected the zoo twice this year. The inspections found animals lacked proper veterinary care and were being held in dirty enclosures. The Humane Society of the United States released the findings Thursday.

Walker says the federal findings prompted suspension of the state permit.

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, https://www.roanoke.com

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