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Wolf Sanctuary's lease is up

By Maria Hickey, KWMU

St. Louis, MO. – A wolf sanctuary outside of St. Louis is about to lose its lease with Washington University.

The Wild Canid Center lease is up at Wash U's Tyson Research Center as of Tuesday.

In a statement Washington University said it gave the wolf sanctuary two year's notice and needs the space for its own research.

The sanctuary has been planning to move to land it bought in 2004.

Wild Canid Center spokeswoman Kim Scott says a $20 million capital campaign is underway, but they cannot move yet.

"They know we still have a little bit more time we need to move this facility and they're working with us on that right now," Scott said.

Scott says they hope to break ground at the new site late this year and move the wolves by the end of next year.

In the meantime the wolf sanctuary is cancelling its annual open house next month because heavy visitor traffic has begun to interfere with Wash U research.

Scott says they hope to make up the $20,000-$30,000 they usually bring in with other fundraising efforts.

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