RICHMOND, Va. — A wild creature coach featured in the popular”Tiger King” show on Netflix continues to be headquartered in Virginia on animal cruelty and wildlife trafficking charges.
Attorney General Mark Herring stated Friday a months-long analysis found that Bhagavan”Doc” Antle and also the owner of a roadside zoo in Virginia trafficked lion cubs between Virginia and South Carolina.
Antle, the owner of this Myrtle Beach Safari in South Carolina, is just one of those figures at”Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness,” 2020 Netflix documentary miniseries that concentrated on tiger breeders in Florida and Oklahoma.
Antle was indicted Thursday by a Frederick County grand jury on felony counts of wildlife trafficking and conspiracy, also multiple misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and conspiracy to violate the Endangered Species Act. Two of his brothers have also been indicted on charges of animal cruelty and violating the Endangered Species Act.
Antle couldn’t immediately be reached for comment. Online court records don’t record the title of a lawyer. A public relations agent for Myrtle Beach Safari didn’t immediately respond to your telephone and email seeking comment from Antle.
Keith Wilson, owner of Wilson’s Wild Animal Park at Winchester, Virginia, has been indicted by the exact grand jury on behalf of wildlife trafficking, conspiracy, animal cruelty, and violating the Endangered Species Act.
Back in August 2019, 119 creatures — such as lions, tigers, bears, camels, goats, and water buffalo — were captured by Wilson’s roadside zoo after a judge found that Wilson”cruelly treated, neglected, or deprived” that the creatures of sufficient care.
Wilson couldn’t immediately be reached for comment on Friday. A message has been left with a lawyer who represented him from the 2019 case.