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Woman who owns 'Tiger King' park 'threatened to KILL a federal animal inspector and have his children taken away' during an inspection before officials seized 68 cats

 The owner of Tiger King Park allegedly threatened to kill a federal animal inspector and have his children taken from him during an inspection just weeks before officials seized 68 cats from the park.   

Lauren Lowe 'screamed and bombarded' US Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agent Kevin Seiler with threats targeting him and his children, according to an affidavit released by the Justice Department.  

The threatening behavior took place on May 6 when Seiler was carrying out an inspection at the park in Thackerville, Oklahoma owned by Lowe and her husband Jeff Lowe.

The couple starred in Netflix's blockbuster docuseries Tiger King alongside Joe Exotic - real name Joe Maldonado-Passage.

On Monday, the DOJ seized 68 lions, tigers, lion-tiger hybrids and a jaguar from the park citing ongoing Endangered Species Act violations. 

The owner of Tiger King Park allegedly threatened to kill a federal animal inspector and have his children taken from him during an inspection just weeks before officials seized 68 cats from the park. Lauren Lowe pictured with a big cat at the park

The owner of Tiger King Park allegedly threatened to kill a federal animal inspector and have his children taken from him during an inspection just weeks before officials seized 68 cats from the park. Lauren Lowe pictured with a big cat at the park

On Monday, the DOJ seized 68 lions, tigers, lion-tiger hybrids and a jaguar from the park citing ongoing Endangered Species Act violations. Pictured officials seizing the animals

On Monday, the DOJ seized 68 lions, tigers, lion-tiger hybrids and a jaguar from the park citing ongoing Endangered Species Act violations. Pictured officials seizing the animals

According to the affidavit, Lowe told another federal agent during the search that she was 'gonna kill' Seiler. 

'During the execution of the warrant on May 6, 2021, Lauren Lowe communicated a threat to kill me,' it reads.

'While I was answering questions from Jeff Lowe about the service of the warrant, Lauren Lowe told USDA-OIG Special Agent Damon Musick, 'I'm gonna kill him,' in reference to me.' 


The agent said the threat was especially intimidating because the Lowes' 'former Tiger King business partner is serving a prison sentence for hiring a hit man to assassinate a business rival in another state'. 

Jeff is Joe Exotic's former business partner. He came on board as an investor in Joe's tiger park in 2015 when Joe was struggling financially due to legal battles with his arch rival Carole Baskin. 

Joe, who was the main star of the Netflix show, was found guilty last year of hiring a hitman to kill Baskin in November 2017. 

Lauren Lowe 'screamed and bombarded' US Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agent Kevin Seiler with threats targeting him and his children, according to an affidavit

Lauren Lowe 'screamed and bombarded' US Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agent Kevin Seiler with threats targeting him and his children, according to an affidavit

Lowe pictured with husband Jeff. The agent said the threat was especially intimidating because the Lowes' former business partner is in prison 'for hiring a hit man to assassinate a business rival'

Lowe pictured with husband Jeff. The agent said the threat was especially intimidating because the Lowes' former business partner is in prison 'for hiring a hit man to assassinate a business rival'

According to the affidavit, Lowe also made multiple threats to the agent about him and his children including 'referencing my children being taken away from me.'  

'Lauren Lowe also screamed and bombarded me personally with non-specific direct threats to me and my children on multiple occasions, referencing my children being taken away from me,' it reads. 

'This happened on multiple occasions when I was attempting to answer questions, give directions, and when I needed to complete required documentation of the seized wildlife.'

The document also says Lowe, Jeff and Jeff's adult son Taylor Lowe verbally and physically harassed members of law enforcement throughout the search.

This included screaming profane personal attacks, making threats to their personal safety and threatening to damage their personal reputations on social media, it reads.

The trio are also accused of repeatedly interfering in the safe movement of big cats at the park by interfering with the officials' machinery and equipment. 

When the agent then gave Jeff a copy of the property receipt, he allegedly crumpled it up in his fist while yelling and screaming profanities.

Joe Exotic (above) - Jeff Lowe's former business partner - is serving 22 years for an assassination plot to take out his arch nemesis Carole Baskin

Joe Exotic (above) - Jeff Lowe's former business partner - is serving 22 years for an assassination plot to take out his arch nemesis Carole Baskin 

The agent wrote that this was 'an apparent self-scripted effort to film the exchange for what he had commented earlier would be sold to Netflix as Tiger King 2.' 

The affidavit was released Thursday as the DOJ announced 68 animals had been seized from the park.

This included the removal of 46 tigers, a jaguar, and seven lions, the DOJ said. 

Tiger King Park posted on Instagram stories Friday claiming that the seizing of the cats has 'nothing to do with the care of animals.'

Authorities claimed that Jeff and Lowe had repeatedly violated laws requiring appropriate care for animals and had not complied with an order to hire a qualified veterinarian.

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) allegedly conducted three inspections of the park in the past six months. 

The Lowes received 'citations for failing to provide the animals with adequate or timely veterinary care, appropriate nutrition'.

TMZ reports that inspectors noted that there was also inadequate shelter to protect the big cats 'from bad weather'. 

'This seizure should send a clear message that the Justice Department takes alleged harm to captive-bred animals protected under the Endangered Species Act very seriously,' Acting Assistant Attorney General Jean Williams said Wednesday. 

On Monday, officials raided the newly-established 'Tiger King Park' in Thackerville, Oklahoma for ongoing Endangered Species Act violations

On Monday, officials raided the newly-established 'Tiger King Park' in Thackerville, Oklahoma for ongoing Endangered Species Act violations

The Lowes previously owned the Wynnewood Greater Wildlife Park. That facility was once owned by Joe Exotic - the flamboyant lead star of Tiger King. 

Wynnewood was the setting of the seven-part docuseries, which revolved around Exotic's bid to keep control of the animal park. 

However, Exotic - whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage - was arrested on charges of attempted murder and the Lowes later took ownership of Wynnewood.  

They were forced to close the park last August after a USDA inspection there found multiple animal welfare violations.

Jeff Lowe claimed the USDA was accusing him of a 'litany of falsehoods' and blamed PETA 'spies' for the closure of the park. 

'The very agency that has given my facility five consecutive perfect inspections, has now folded to the pressures of PETA and continue to make false accusations against me,' Lowe stated. 

The Lowes moved their big cats to Thackerville, Oklahoma to create their new unlicensed wildlife park called 'Tiger King Park.' 

But USDA continued to conduct inspections and the big cats have now been seized. 

The Lowes previously owned the Wynnewood Greater Wildlife Park, before relocating their big cats to the 'Tiger King Park' in Thackerville (pictured)

The Lowes previously owned the Wynnewood Greater Wildlife Park, before relocating their big cats to the 'Tiger King Park' in Thackerville (pictured)

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) allegedly conducted three inspections of the park since in the past six months. Lauren Lowe is seen at the facility last year

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) allegedly conducted three inspections of the park since in the past six months. Lauren Lowe is seen at the facility last year 

Lauren Lowe is seen at the park last November. Since that time, USDA officials conducted three separate inspections of the park

Lauren Lowe is seen at the park last November. Since that time, USDA officials conducted three separate inspections of the park

Jeff and Lauren are seen in a snap taken by DailyMail.com at the park prior to its opening last year

Jeff and Lauren are seen in a snap taken by DailyMail.com at the park prior to its opening last year 

The Justice Department says they want 'to ensure that [the animals] go to responsible animal preserves where they can be safely maintained rather than exploited'. 

PETA released a statement saying 'the Lowes' reign of terror against threatened and endangered big cats may soon be over.

'If PETA has its way, these Tiger King villains will lose every other animal in their custody, too,' PETA official Brittany Peet said in a statement. 

Meanwhile, the Lowes' co-star, Joe Exotic, remains behind bars serving out a 22-year-sentence. 

He was convicted of hiring a hitman to kill animal rights activist, Carole Baskin, who runs Big Cat Rescue in Florida.

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