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City of Merritt purchasing properties for the purpose of creating a wildlife sanctuary.

The $75,000 needed to purchase of 2801, 2802 and 2807 Charters St was approved by Mayor and Council at last night regular meeting.

Councillor Ginny Prowal says the three lots, which are land locked and home to a number of different species of plants, animals and insects, offer the city an opportunity rarely afforded by others.

"It is an incredibly diverse, roughly 3 acre site that is basically right downtown. There are very few cities that have a small urban refuge like this left."

The City plans to take its time on how exactly to proceed with developing the property in order to limit the impact on abundance of wildlife that call it home.

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