To supporters, talk of a wildlife park evokes sounds of laughing kids and ringing cash registers. But to June Crowder, it just sounds like trouble.
If an unnamed developer has his way, ground on the southern end of Madison County across the road from Crowder's home could soon become home to bears, wolves, elk, deer, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, and carloads of curious tourists.But Crowder and several neighbors fear the project could impose on their homes, bringing traffic and threats of escaped animals.
"I'm just not in favor of having those kind of animals in my back yard," said Doug Johnson, whose house sits several hundred yards from Crowder's, along the same dirt road.
Jeff Lerwill, the real estate broker ushering the plan through a county approval process, said fears of escaped animals should be quieted by state and federal oversight of wildlife parks.
"It's going to be very heavily regulated by government agencies," Lerwill told the Madison County Planning and Zoning Commission at a hearing.