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Wildlife in Need owner Tim Stark permanently loses USDA license

Multiple sources close to the investigation confirm Stark failed to file paperwork within the 60 day appeal window after the USDA revoked his license in April.

Editor's note: Video attached to the story is a one-on-one WHAS11's Shay McAlister did with Tim Stark earlier this year.

Wildlife in Need founder and CEO Tim Stark may never be able to legally show animals to the public again.

Multiple sources close to the investigation confirm to WHAS11 that Stark failed to file the paperwork required to get the license revocation stayed, pending an appeal. Had Stark filed the paperwork, he would still be able to show his animals while his case continued through the appeals process. Now, sources say, this is the end of the road for Stark's license with the federal agency.

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Stark has held an exhibitor's license through the USDA for years. The license allowed him to display his animals to the public, conduct performances featuring the animals and host interactive sessions. 

The USDA revoked the license in April, affirming a former USDA decision citing Stark willfully violated the Animal Welfare Act on multiple occasions between January 2012 and January 2016. 

Attorney Clay Culotta, who represents Wildlife in Need, told WHAS11 he intended to continue the appeals process. But the deadline to file the paperwork was June 8. 

WHAS11 exposed allegations detailing years of abuse and neglect earlier this year. Weeks later, the Indiana Attorney General filed a lawsuit to shut down the non-profit for good. 

There is no upcoming court date set for the case, but court documents reveal Stark is neglecting deadlines in that case too. Paperwork filed by the Indiana Attorney General's Office earlier this week claim Stark did not provide a discovery response by the provided deadline. 

During a phone call, Stark is quoted as telling an attorney he "would respond to the State's discovery... when he feels like it" and the lawsuit "is all a game". He also told the attorney "Go *expletive* yourself", according to court records.

WHAS11 has attempted to get in contact with Culotta but has not heard back. 

This is an ongoing story. WHAS11 will update with more information as it is received. 

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