ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – PETA is asking the feds to investigate the Spring River Park and Zoo in Roswell.
PETA says the photo posted to the zoo’s Facebook page shows an obese mountain lion held in a small concrete pit. They’re asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to inspect veterinary records, food quality and the living environment.
PETA says mountain lions need space to roam and climb.
In response, the City of Roswell has released the following statement:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is the federal regulatory agency that licenses the Spring River Park & Zoo. A USDA representative came to the zoo about a month ago for an official visit and found no issues with the health and care of the zoo’s two mountain lions. The only issue noted by the USDA regarding the mountain lion’s enclosure was the need for some patchwork repair on a wall. That work has been completed.
The photo to which PETA refers was taken more than a year ago. Coincidentally, in the course of normal care and monitoring by the zoo staff, the mountain lions had their diet adjusted in the past year and weigh less today than they did at the time of that photo.