Shocking allegations have arisen against Fur-Ever Wild owner, Teresa Petter, after activists presented evidence to the Animal League Defense Fund (ALDF) which exposed the breeding and harvesting of her gray wolves.
Teresa Petter has been running Fur-Ever Wild, a 100 acre petting zoo and fur farm located in Eureka Township, Minnesota for 12 years. She offered public visits for an admission fee, allowing people to observe and interact with various animals such as badgers, bobcats, martens, otter, beavers, lynx, and wolves while children enjoyed the petting zoo, featuring what appeared to be happy, cuddly wolf puppies.
Unknown to the public, these pups were taken from their mothers too soon and exploited in her petting zoo, causing them separation anxiety, stress and some to be ill. Teresa Petter was taking advantage of children who enjoying stroking and nurturing the little pups. This petting zoo is a clever front used by many who breed wild animals to ensure their docility and accustom them to human contact. This helped Teresa Petter invent her persona of an incredible woman who loved the wolves and was absolutely one with nature.
Though her business thrived, the name Fur-Ever Wild, was very misleading. Unknown to her adoring public, Teresa Petter allegedly preferred her wolves dead, skinned and their exquisite pelts sold for a nice profit.
Teresa Petter deceptively advocated her animal friendly farm with the following statement:
“Fur-Ever Wild is building a tradition.
The ranch is called Fur-Ever Wild, this is where our wildlife resides.
Please do not stop by. We are very protective of our animals,
and take any and every caution to protect them from harm.
We are open to the public on weekends ONLY! April – Dec.
Please stop by.”
For over a decade Teresa Petter enjoyed basking in the adoring light of her dedicated volunteers and her many repeat visitors while arousing the ire of neighbors and the locals in the area. Complaints came from neighbor’s about the terrible stench emitting from the farm, the sounds of wolves howling and concerns that wild animals may escape her property were often voiced. Finally patience wore thin and in the spring of 2015 the problems became public and the courts became involved in the legalities of her business plus the housing and exploitation of wild and exotic animals.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals sided with complaints from neighbors and the community, their final decisions being one where exotic animals would not be allowed in Eureka Township.
These findings left Teresa Petter trying to prove her business is agricultural and the final decision on which animals must go is to be decided by the district court. This controversy and her decision to open a second location in Lakeville, Dakota County was met with much opposition from the community and activists in the area began to take notice.
Christopher Berry, attorney for Animal League Defense Fund, became involved during the summer of 2015, after activists contacted them and presented the alarming evidence that demonstrated Teresa Petter, known as a kind woman who loved her gray wolves, has been raising these animals for the purpose of taking their lives and selling their pelts.
Arrogantly, Petter denied accusations of skinning animals while obviously forgetting in 2012 she had filed a lawsuit to prove her business was agricultural. She had bragged about killing the wolves and stated she preferred to kill the animals in the winter when their coats were the thickest and most plush. In her deposition, she stated she has been breeding the wolves.
When then asked if she had been killing and skinning the wolves she replied, “I pelted two wolves last night,” and then explained she would be pelting two wolves until she had harvested 25 of the animals. These are the very same wolves that as pups had been lovingly petted by the children and adored by the public. What an alleged, cold, calculating woman Teresa Petter has proven to be.
With these court records and information accumulated from animal activists and the expertise of the diligent ALDF, her denials were proven to be disingenuous, flawed and contrived.
ALDF found the presence of public records which denoted evidence that Fur-Ever Wild had license applications which were consistent with the deliberate curriculum one would establish when planning to breed wolves for the purpose of harvesting the adult wolf and selling their pelts, while continuing to maintain a stable wolf population.
“Fur-Ever Wild shows contempt not only for the lives of magnificent endangered animals but also for federal law,” said Stephen Wells, executive director of the Animal Legal Defense Fund.
The U.S. Department of the Interior was given a 60 day notice by ALDF on their intention to bring a lawsuit against Teresa and Fur-Ever Wild, a wildlife exhibition place and fur-harvesting facility for their violations of the Endangered Species Act.
Teresa Petter has been given notice to cease killing and skinning the federally protected gray wolves and selling their pelts. If Teresa Petter does not comply with this mandate she will be sued by the ALDF for her egregious deceptions and extensive violations of the law which protects gray wolves.
This woman, Teresa Petter, is a chameleon, presenting different colors of herself to the world while terrorizing, killing and skinning her trusting gray wolves in the dark winter evenings.