SEQUIM: GAME FARM PUTS BITE ON ZEBRAS

SEQUIM — Visitors to Olympic Game Farm will only be seeing stripes through the fence for now.

A bite incident last Sunday, as well as an additional report of a similar attack nearly a year ago, prompted game farm managers to put the zebras in pens — perhaps permanently.

“We don’t want any more accidents,” representative Alice Beebe said during a Saturday tour of the popular attraction.

In related developments:

* An Oregon game farm operator said his business prohibits most public feeding of animals.

* Applicable federal regulations of such facilities remain open to interpretation, a spokesman for the United States Department of Agriculture said. Although the agency’s legal standard appears to block unsupervised public feeding, Beebe said inspectors have never directed the owners to stop selling bread.

* A Shoreline woman released a video of an April 2000 incident in which she said a game farm zebra being offered bread bit her arm. The tape contradicted Beebe’s memory that last Sunday’s case was the first in nearly three decades of operation.

For the complete story see Sunday’s Peninsula Daily News, on sale in Clallam and Jefferson counties.

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