‘Tiger King’ Star Doc Antle Indicted On Animal Cruelty, Wildlife Trafficking Charges

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Joe Exotic isn’t the only Tiger King star with legal troubles. Doc Antle, a self-described conservationist featured in Netflix‘s popular springtime documentary, is now facing criminal charges himself. The Wrap reports that Antle has been indicted today on 15 animal cruelty and wildlife trafficking charges by the Grand Jury of Frederick County, Virginia.

Antle is facing two felony charges, which include one count of wildlife trafficking and one count of conspiracy to wildlife traffic. He’s also being indicted on 13 misdemeanors, facing four counts of conspiracy to violate the Endangered Species Act and nine counts of animal cruelty.

According to the office of Attorney General Mark Herring, the indictments came out of a months-long investigation by Herring’s animal law unit into lion cub trafficking, ending with a raid on Myrtle Beach Safari, Antle’s South Carolina park, in December 2019. Antle’s daughters, Tawny Antle and Tilakam Watterson, are also wrapped up in the investigation. They’re both facing two misdemeanor counts of violating the Endangered Species Act and animal cruelty.

Herring’s office says that Antle and Keith. A Wilson, owner of Wilson’s Wild Animal Park, illegally trafficked lion cubs between Wilson’s park in Virginia and Antle’s in South Carolina. Wilson is facing multiple charges, including one felony count of wildlife trafficking and one felony count of conspiracy to wildlife traffic. He is also facing four misdemeanor counts of violating the Endangered Species Act, four misdemeanor counts of conspiracy to violate the Endangered Species Act and nine misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty.

Authorities say they seized 119 animals from Wilson’s park, including lions, tigers, bears, camels, goats and water buffalo. Wilson claimed that he got some of his animals from Antle. In November 2019, Wilson and his nephew were indicted on 46 animal cruelty charges as a result of the seizure.

Antle rose to fame on Tiger King this spring, which exploded on Netflix, bringing in millions of viewers in only 10 days. The park owner took the cameras into his zoo, showing off his animals and staff in Episode 2 of the series, “Cult of Personality,” which also explored Antle’s personal life and polyamorous lifestyle. Antle and his zoo later said they were “very disappointed” with their portrayal on the show.

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