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Bear Kills Caretaker

Owner used to offer bear-wrestling at Cleveland Expo
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 20, 2010 12:31 PM CDT
Bear Kills Caretaker
Lorain County Sheriff's deputies secure an exotic animal farm Friday, Aug. 20, 2010, in Columbia Station, Ohio, where a 24-year-old man was severely injured by a bear Thursday night.   (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

An Ohio animal caretaker was mauled to death by a bear during feeding, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. The victim, 24-year-old Brent Kandra, worked for Sam Mazzola, an exhibitor of exotic animals who has run afoul of animal-rights groups in the past. It's not clear what provoked the attack. The bear was out of its cage for the feeding, but police say that was routine, notes WKYC.

PETA targeted Mazzola 4 years ago for his practice of letting paying customers wrestle his black bears, reports AP. An inquiry by the Department of Agriculture led to Mazzola being stripped of his license to exhibit exotic animals and fined $13,950 for running the bear-wrestling act without proper licensing. Among his other bizarre animal-related violations: illegally selling illegal skunks at an Ohio pet store.
(Read more bear stories.)

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