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Arkansas power company, wildlife park at odds over power line

A move to seize almost 10 acres for construction of a power line has affected 100 acres of the Wild Wilderness Drive-Through Safari in Gentry, Ark., the owners say.
BY SHEILA STOGSDILL Published: August 19, 2013

“We have made adjustments in placement of the transmission structures to minimize the impact on the Safari 4 section,” power company spokesman Peter Main said in a prepared statement.

The company “has worked diligently to reach an agreement with the property owner to accommodate the ongoing operations of the Wild Wilderness Drive-Through Safari,” Main said. “We do not believe the construction or the operation of the line would have a meaningful effect on the operation of the safari.”

The overhead power line is prompting Wilmouth to move the animals as a safety precaution for visitors and the animals, he said.

Wilmouth said there are between 300 to 400 animals on Safari 4, including white buffalo, red deer, Texas longhorn cattle, potbellied pigs and an endangered Mongolian wild ass.