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Coloma's Deer Forest to close amid scrutiny, USDA investigations

COLOMA (WKZO) -- The Deer Forest Exotic Animal Sanctuary in southwest Michigan is closing at the end of this season.

The announcement was made Tuesday morning, a day after an arrest warrant was issued in Illinois for Jon Stolarz, one of the park's operators. He and his wife blame bad press, previous ownership and "a small group of non-believers" for their struggles.

Deer Forest is also the target of a pair of investigations by the U.S. Department of Agriculture over alleged mistreatment of animals at the petting zoo.