Wildlife facility told to move or close

Frustrated supervisors threaten Kirshner Foundation with deadline

The Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation has worn out its welcome.

On Tuesday (Oct. 7), according to a report in the Chico Enterprise-Record, the county Board of Supervisors effectively told the exotic-animal facility that it had to move from its Durham site or close. No deadline was given, but supervisors suggested they would impose one at a future meeting.

At issue was an appeal of a use permit the county Planning Commission approved in June. The appellant, neighbor John Hoptowit, argued there was simply no rationale for having such a facility in the middle of farming land.

The foundation has been saying it will move for years and supervisors were frustrated that no progress had been made. By a 4-1 vote, with Maureen Kirk dissenting, they directed County Counsel Bruce Alpert to report back to them on Nov. 4 about whether they can hold off on the use permit to give the organization a deadline and time to move.

CN&R efforts to reach the Kirshner Foundation by press time were unsuccessful.