Union County Sportsmen’s Club Ordered to Pay for Violating USDA Rules

The Union County Sportsmen’s Club in Pennsylvania must pay $1,700 to settle a litany of U.S. Department of Agriculture citations, including those relating to Dillan the bear, who was kept for years in a small, concrete-floored pen and who suffered from rotted teeth, morbid obesity, and a constant rocking behavior. The settlement specifically prohibits the club from ever again possessing bears or bobcats. If it fails to comply, it could ultimately lose its federal license to exhibit any animals.

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