Fighting for the animals: Scottsdale City Council approves supportive resolution

Leonardo during a check-up at the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center (submitted photo)

Leonardo during a check-up at the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center (submitted photo)

The Scottsdale City Council unanimously voted May 17 to show public support for the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center as it prepares for its second public hearing on June 8.

The 20-year-old center is seeking a conditional use permit from Maricopa County to continue operating after complaints and a lawsuit were filed by a neighbor.

“This is going to be a resolution that we are looking to express support for them and their seeking for a conditional use permit from the county,” said Mayor Jim Lane during the council meeting. “It has been around for quite a number of years on county land, not far from us here in Scottsdale and is somewhat beloved by Scottsdalians.”

The resolution was motioned by Mayor Lane and seconded by Councilwoman Suzanne Klapp.

“I’m just glad we were able to support this and I’m sure that our support will make a difference at the county supervisors,” said Councilwoman Klapp.

The Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center is the only accredited center in Arizona with facilities to take care of large animals such as bears, lions and wolves.

In addition, the center houses coyotes, deer, jaguars and javelina among other animals. Currently, the center is housing 16 Mexican Gray Wolves that belong to the federal government.

“I hope we send a positive message that they’ve got some great allies with us here,” said Mayor Lane.

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