She is the second to face multiple misdemeanor charges in a case involving two juvenile African spotted hyenas brought from
Mattox faces five charges, all misdemeanors, that include cruelty to animals, possessing wildlife without proper permitting and three violations of caging requirements.
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A probable cause affidavit states that Mattox was unaware hyenas, one of nature's most dangerous predators, were being brought to
They wound up in
"The safety entrance provides an area where you can lock the animals down to clean the cage," he said.
Wildlife Refuge staff were afraid to enter the cages, as well they should have been, Kirkland said.
"Hyenas have the strongest biting pressure of any mammal on land," he said.
With no one willing to enter the cage, feces had reached ankle height during the three months the hyenas were housed on Mattox's property, Kirkland said.
Permits similar to what animal handlers must have to keep lions and tigers are required to house hyenas, Kirkland said. Both Wilkerson and Mattox face charges for not possessing the proper permits, documents show.
An effort to reach Mattox Thursday afternoon was unsuccessful.
Meeting minutes were not kept, McGee said. He provided a statement.
"We are extremely proud of our record of stewardship under the direction of
"We continue to be proactive in our investigation of the allegations relating to hyenas," it said. "We encourage all interested parties to allow the legal system to perform its function, which will include a full presentation of all facts and circumstances, before rushing to judgment."
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