County challenges WOLF sanctuary fencesComments

Posted by LGK in news (Sunday March 15, 2009 at 1725)

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BY KEVIN DUGGAN • • March 14, 2009
Larimer County officials have given a Rist Canyon wolf sanctuary a deadline for meeting county regulations on fencing or face a hearing that could close the facility.

At issue are four enclosures on land owned by Wolves Offered Life and Friendship, or WOLF, that were built outside of a 5-acre area designated for the sanctuary through a county special review permit. County officials say a building permit is needed for the fencing because it exceeds 6 feet in height.

The enclosures, which cover 2 acres, were built in anticipation of expanding the facility, said Frank Wendland, co-founder of the nonprofit. The structures took 18 months and tens of thousands of dollars to build, even with volunteer labor.

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