TROY – On Tuesday afternoon, officers from the US Fish and Wildlife Service raided local exotic animal retreat Idle-Hour Ranch. While the ranch claims to be an animal sanctuary and conservation, federal prosecutors are telling a much different story.
According to court documents obtained by the Miami County Bugle Caller, authorities seized 2 crates of unidentified large animal bones, an industrial meat grinder, food-grade vacuum sealing equipment, and a variety of electroejaculation devices.
In their warrant, prosecutors alleged they found a “long digital footprint” leading them to suspect the ranch was dealing illegal exotic meats to restaurants and grocers throughout the Miami Valley. The local businesses doing business with the sanctuary have been withheld due to financial obligations to our sponsors.
The raid took place during the ranch’s off-hours, meaning no customers were on the scene when authorities arrived. However, reporters with the Miami County Bugle Caller had eyes on the entire event. After an altercation with the owner of the ranch, Dr. Larry Bungerton, agents swept the entire property for evidence.
Agents uncovered the entrance to a storm shelter, which housed the administrative offices for Idle-Hour’s alleged underground meat trade. Authorities also seized a dozen Dell computers that appeared to be from the early aughts. It’s unclear why the head of such a vast criminal conspiracy would use such antiquated machinery to manage their day-to-day operations.
Idle Hour Ranch recently signed a contract with Buffalo Jack’s in Covington to be their new “exotic meat provider” beginning in spring of 2022. It’s unclear if the promotion will still be taking place. However, Buffalo Jack’s spokesperson Jax Bufalow has said in multiple public statements that the restaurant will, “stop at nothing to serve absolutely outrageous bullshit. Until we’ve served every animal known to man, Buffalo Jack’s will have its doors open.”
Several people were taken into custody over the incident, with arraignments to take place on Monday. Stay tuned to the Miami County Bugle Caller for what are sure to be some very interesting mugshots.