- Associated Press - Thursday, April 14, 2016

DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) - A Minnesota woman who ran into opposition last year by opening a wildlife education center in the western South Dakota city of Deadwood looks to be trying it again.

Assistant South Dakota State Veterinarian Mendel Miller confirmed to the Rapid City Journal (https://bit.ly/1XxgIms ) that Fur-Ever Wild owner Terri Petter has requested an application for a state permit that would allow her to house exotic animals, such as wolves, on her 17-acre property in Deadwood.

“She is in the process of reapplying,” Miller said.

Petter and her attorney didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment from the newspaper or The Associated Press.

The South Dakota Animal Industry Board, which would review an application, ruled last year that Petter could house wolves and foxes in Deadwood but couldn’t let the public mingle with or pet them. The city of Deadwood passed an ordinance preventing the operation from adding animals or species, and Petter later shut down.

Critics say Petter, who runs a wildlife center in Lakeville, Minnesota, mistreats animals and that her operation is a front for a fur farm. She disputes that, saying she educates people about wild animals and cares deeply for the animals, many of which she says she has had for years.

Deadwood City Planner Bob Nelson Jr. said he wasn’t aware of any plans by Petter to reopen her site.

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Information from: Rapid City Journal, https://www.rapidcityjournal.com


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