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Court declines to reinstate wolf center license

Posted at 9:43 AM, Dec 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-03 11:43:57-05

SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) -- The Idaho Supreme Court is declining to reinstate the license of a wolf exhibition company in northern Idaho.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reported that the high court issued a denial on Nov. 19.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game in February suspended Wolf People's commercial license for one year, 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.