DNR issues eviction notice for Wildlife Science Center in Anoka County


The Wildlife Science Center in Anoka County has been operating since 1991, but the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has issued an eviction notice -- giving them just six months to vacate the Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area.

The privately-owned Columbus, Minn. center conducts wildlife education for school children and research training for biologists and conservationists. It's also home to 40 grey and red wolves, bears, mountain lions, raptors, foxes, coyotes, and more.

But the DNR said it has “serious health and safety concerns” about the operation, a spokesman stated.

Center director Peggy Callahan said she plans to fight the eviction notice. She said the agency cited late lease payments, building alterations, and running a dog rescue from the facilities.

The Wildlife Science Center already owns another plot of land a short distance away, but would need to raise $400,000 to build structures for the animals as well as a classroom. Callahan said it would be difficult to move animals in the winter to the other property.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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