The Fayetteville Observer reported two local residents, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the Animal Legal Defense Fund, are suing the U.S. Agriculture Department.
The lawsuit challenges the renewal an animal welfare act license for Jambbas Ranch Tours in Cedar Creek. The lawsuit said the license should not have been renewed while the agency has an open investigation of the facility.
Jambbas houses dozens of animals, including Ben the bear, who lives in a 12-by-22-foot cage with a concrete floor.
Last year, ABC11 featured several stories about Jambbas and what some, including legendary game show host Bob Barker, called a case of animal cruelty.
Since then, owner James Bass said his attorneys have told him not to talk about the bear.
The agency said it has not seen the lawsuit.