BY KEVIN DUGGAN • KevinDuggan@coloradoan.com • 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.