Lake Superior Zoo Cited by USDA

By KBJR News 1

Lake Superior Zoo Cited by USDA

September 25, 2012 Updated Sep 25, 2012 at 11:19 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- The Lake Superior Zoo received massive damage from the flooding in June and was one of the hardest hit businesses in the area.

They are now making the news for a very different reason.

Ten inches of rainfall flooded the zoo back in June and in light of that event, the zoo received a citation by the US Department of Agriculture.

According to our partners at the Duluth News Tribune, the zoo has been cited by the USDA for inadequate shelter for its farm animals.

A routine inspection on August 28 found that the lack of adequate shelter does not ensure the health, well-being and/or comfort of the animals.

Officials from the zoo say the protection of the animals was out of the zoo's hands while the Minnesota DNR worked to improve the drainage of Kingbury Creek.

The zoo says that mitigating the flooding in the zoo is the ultimate solution to ensuring this doesn't happen again.

A culvert under Grand Avenue is going to be improved and a dam on the creek will be removed over the next two years.

The zoo is also building diversion channels around its historic bridge to avoid any water back-ups.

After numerous farm animals were lost in the flooding, the zoo will also no longer house animals in the barn.

It should be noted that the criteria of adequate shelter has now been met and the zoo is ensuring the safety of all of its animals.

Posted by Jenna Vogt