Land Battle Brewing In South Salem Over Wolf Conservation Site

SOUTH SALEM, NY (WCBS 880) – At the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, a large Arctic gray wolf named Atka roams the woods completely unaware of the legal battle over his territory.

According to court papers, the Westchester Land Trust says the fencing to keep the wolves enclosed in protected woodlands, violates the terms of an easement agreement with the town.

WCBS 880’s Catherine Cioffi reports: Dispute Over Wolf Land

“Extremely disappointing that two nonprofits would be on opposite sides of the coin when they both are dedicated to conservation,” WCC executive director Deborah Heineman told WCBS 880’s Catherine Cioffi.

Heineman says they want to do what’s right for the wolves, for the program and for the people who visit the center.

“We’ve operated, I think, fabulously within this community for over ten years,” said Heineman.

The Westchester Land Trust declined to comment on pending litigation.

The Wolf Conservation Center is a 501(c)3 organization with more than 20 resident wolves.

  • liz

    I love hearing the wolves calling while I walk my rottie. I am an avid supporter of WCC. I have attended many of their events which is the only way you can even find out where they are located. The facility is PRISTINE. The wolves are well cared for and LOVED. You barely even notice the fences. 2010 was a tough year for them, 2 of the ambassador wolves passed away. The main reason I relocated to South Salem 7 years ago was because of its dedication to nature and land preservation. This is absolutely ridiculous !

  • john welton

    wolves raise their yoing as people do they work together for the good of theirpack and protect their young and each other Concider someone or something may come to claim your house because you put a fence around it

  • kendra

    you its bad enough we take what doesn,t belong to us but now they want to act like the dictators that there not .

  • John

    Disgust – there is more to this world than what you are paying for a gallon of gas. WCC is supported by individuals who believe in conservation and back it up with their own money. Be more careful who you call fool.

  • Disgust

    Can we really start getting a clue? This is an issue? How about fighting for lower gas prices and jobs you fools. Disgusting.

  • steve

    please try to work in harmony with nature

  • Micha

    Leave the wolves alone! It’s not their fault that we have crowded them out of THEIR territory.

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