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No Decision On Controversial Tiger Facility Proposed in Ventura County

Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 7:18pm

A huge controversy over whether a rural Ventura County neighborhood is an appropriate home for a facility to house tigers is still unsettled.

Hundreds of people were on hand for what turned out to be a day long Ventura County Planning Commission hearing on the issue Thursday.

A property owner has proposed keeping up to five white tigers in cages on 19 acres of land in the Deer Creek Canyon area, close to the Ventura-Los Angeles County line.

The property’s owners provide exotic animals for movie, and television production.  The proposal calls for the fully enclosed cages to be surrounded by a security fence on the Pacific View Road site.

However, some nearby homeowners are upset with the proposal, saying it creates too much of a risk should one, or more of the big cats escape.  They also cited a number of other concerns, ranging from noise to impacts on property values.

After hearing seven hours of testimony, and with the hearing still not completed, planning commissioners decided to continue the issue to their March 13th meeting.

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