Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Wildlife Officers Seize Wolf Pups From Home

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Two wolf pups were in the care of a St. Johns County preserve after being removed from a Jacksonville home.

State wildlife officials said a couple in the area had received three misdemeanor citations for having the wolves without proper permits. Officials said they bought the pups from a breeder in Texas, where it is legal to have wolves as pets. But they need certain permits to have them in Florida.

There were now 11 wolves at the St. Augustine Wild Reserve, including five from singer Michael Jackson. Wildlife officials said he gave them to the reserve a few years ago from his Neverland Ranch in California.

There were about 100 animals in all at the sanctuary, including cougars, bobcats and lemurs.


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