Tuesday, September 8, 2015

N. Idaho wolf center appeals suspension to high court

COCOLALLA, Idaho (AP) - A wolf exhibition company in northern Idaho is appealing its one-year license suspension to the Idaho Supreme Court.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that Cocolalla-based Wolf People filed a notice of appeal on Aug. 18.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game in February suspended Wolf People's commercial license, contending the company failed to comply with a 2012 agreement prohibiting visitors from having physical contact with the wolves.

The agreement resolved 43 license violations, including failing to report the escape of a captive wolf and transporting wolves without permission.

But Wolf People says the agreement didn't expressly prohibit people from touching wolves.

The group petitioned for a judicial review of the licensing actions. In July, a northern Idaho judge affirmed the suspension.

The center is reiterating its earlier arguments to the state's highest court. Its license suspension was stayed amid the litigation.