By The Associated Press
10:43 PM EDT, August 1, 2012
The U.S. Agriculture Department said a zoo near Thurmont has agreed to pay $12,000 to settle allegations of numerous violations from 2007 to 2011.
The USDA said Monday that the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo neither admits nor denies the allegations.
One of the allegations stems from a 2009 incident in which a zookeeper was mauled by a jaguar. The USDA said the zoo failed to provide for proper personnel training and injury prevention.
Inspectors alleged that in December 2007, employees also allowed a camel to escape and travel a quarter-mile from the facility.
Three days after that August visit, a safari-ride visitor was bitten by a camel. The zoo director said visitors had been told not to feed the animal.