- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 28, 2014

SINCLAIRVILLE, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say they’ve seized wolves, lions, tigers and bears from a western New York wildlife sanctuary that had been keeping the animals illegally.

Local media report that state and federal wildlife conservation enforcement officials seized the animals Tuesday from JNK’s Call of the Wild Sanctuary in the Chautauqua (shuh-TAW’-kwuh) County village of Sinclairville, 50 miles south of Buffalo.

The animals included 12 tigers, three lions, three bears and two wolves.

Officials say the sanctuary’s federal license for keeping wild animals was canceled in February, a month after New York officials refused to renew its licenses.

The sanctuary was founded by Ken Wisniewski and his wife Jackie in 1993s. He died in an accident last October.

Calls and emails to the sanctuary went unanswered Wednesday.

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