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Giving Nature a Helping Hand

We give mother nature a helping hand by raising and rehabilitating orphaned and injured wildlife so they may be released back to the wild. Our 27-acre site includes a state-of-the-art animal care facility as well as sophisticated enclosures, allowing us to care for–and successfully release–more injured and orphaned animals.

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LTWC is hiring! We are looking for seasonal part-time Wildlife Rehabilitation Technicians to help out during the upcoming baby season, which is from April–September 2023. Please visit our website for more details. We can’t wait to work with you!

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LTWC is hiring! We are looking for seasonal part-time Wildlife Rehabilitation Technicians to help out during the upcoming baby season, which is from April–September 2023. Please visit our website for more details. We can’t wait to work with you!

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A night camera captures bear cub Tule!

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This juvenile raccoon has been in LTWC’s care for a few months, found in the middle of a street in Markleville. It displayed an abnormal gate, possibly from trauma, and has been under continuous observation by the animal care staff. This raccoon’s favorite spot is hiding away, curled up on a comfy heated pad.

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Fun Fact: Black Bears are largely solitary creatures

Oak takes a moment to just sit still

LTWC has been reducing the bigger bear cubs’ food supply to try and trigger the natural torpor/hibernation response. Torpor is like a sleepy state of inactivity, which is a physical reaction to a shortage of food, not cold weather

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A 2AM night camera captures bear cub Baker!

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Some wildlife heroes found this Red Crossbill in a driveway and brought her to LTWC for care. In examining the left shoulder, the bird displayed pain, but an Animal Care Technician did not discover any obvious breaks. She’s eating well and is active.

A Red Crossbill is a finch that uses its specialized bill to break into tightly closed cones. Females are identified by their yellowish and dark unmarked wings.

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Food, Friendship, Fun! Oak, Tule, Pine & Sugar hang out together by the tire swing

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Squirrel Camera!
The four rescued Douglas Squirrels are enjoying the big enclosure!

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Happy Monday, hang in there like The Triplets!

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Tahoe, bear cub #14, who was found locally and brought to LTWC by the BEAR League, is definitely improving! She is eating well and showing appropriate den behavior by gathering up straw. One way she can be identified is by the bright red ear tag in her left ear.

LTWC is currently rehabbing 15 bear cubs, all with the goal of a spring release back into the wild. We thank you for your continued support!

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Challenge, bear cub #15 from Challenge, CA, is a male! He only weighs 18 lbs, which means he is the tiniest cub to arrive at LTWC this fall/winter.

Unlike the last two cubs, Tahoe & Cole, he had no evidence of frostbite, just big healthy paws. The Animal Care Team removed lots of fleas & ticks and treated his skin topically. He also now has a bright green tag in his right ear. Challenge’s breathing is a little labored, so his care team will continue to monitor him closely.

It has been the highest orphaned bear cub season that LTWC has experienced, and we don’t know why. Please consider donating to help us care for all these bear cubs.

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Back in December, the three larger female bear cubs enjoyed a snow day. Sugar is jumping up to try and bite some snowflakes and then tackles Oak. Pine is playing around the tunnel.

LTWC has been reducing the bigger bear cubs’ food supply to try and trigger the natural torpor/hibernation response. Torpor is like a sleepy state of inactivity, which is a physical reaction to a shortage of food, not cold weather. Their food supply will soon be turned off.

Bear cubs are all born around the same time, Jan/Feb (2022). Note how much larger in size these cubs are compared to the new underweight arrivals. The little cubs will be fed throughout the winter in order to fatten them up for a hopeful spring release.

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It’s Bearpalooza! Tiny Bear Cub #15 has arrived from Challenge, CA. LTWC’s vet is giving it a few days to decompress before sedating it for an exam. Updates to come soon.

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Squirrel Camera!
If a squirrel has a good food year, she can have a 2nd litter in the fall. This past October, tree cutters heard squeaking coming from the aspen they were in the process of removing and immediately called LTWC. These wildlife heroes then carefully cut out a section of log and transported it to the center.

An animal care technician gently removed four Douglas Squirrel Kits which have been cared for ever since. They have now graduated to a large room enclosure with lots more space to explore and play.

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Have a lazy weekend like the triplets - Lake, Izzy & Bella, and the twins - Mary & Posa.

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Happy Friday the 13th, enjoy this update of lucky bear cub #13, now named Cole.

Since her end-of-December arrival from Coleville, CA, she has continued to eat very well. This week Cole was sedated for a vet checkup, they determined that the frostbite trauma on her ears and toes are beginning to heal; covering her wounds with honey must have done the trick! She has also gained 5 lbs.

Cole was given the health all-clear for opening her enclosure, allowing her to meet the other underweight cubs, Valley, Seiad & Baker. While exploring these new spaces, she briefly meets her neighbors, with varying levels of success.

Thanks again to the Coleville Wildlife Heroes!

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Meet Tahoe! Bear cub #14, yes she is a local! She was found unresponsive, curled up in a wood pile. Fortunately, the resident knew to call The BEAR League, and they subsequently delivered her to LTWC. Local organizations working together for the betterment of all our wildlife. We thank our friends at The BEAR League.

During her veterinarian exam, the LTWC Team observed some frostbite on her toes, which has been treated. She is very little at only 22.7 lbs., but otherwise, she appears to be in good health.

To prevent Refeeding Syndrome, she is being given small meals of bear chow and fruit, but she is eating well. Tahoe’s chest fur blaze is very light and unique. And she has a new red ear tag #149 in her left ear. She will remain quarantined until she is cleared to socialize with the other underweight bear cubs.

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Happy Hump Day! Tule trudges through deep snow, so can you.

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Some Wildlife Heroes witnessed a car hit this juvenile Red-Tailed Hawk. They wrapped it in a blanket and brought it to LTWC for care.

During the exam, a towel is wrapped around the body and head of the bird. This technique helps the technicians use minimal restraint and removes visual stimuli, which helps keep the bird calm. Each part of the body is then removed from the "bird burrito" and examined by the veterinarian. Luckily this hawk only had a puncture wound and some swelling on its back talon, known as the hallux. This toe is very important for the capture of prey.

The wound was flushed, and the bird started on antibiotics and anti-inflammatories. Our animal care team will continue to observe it until they determine it is ready to be released back into the wild.

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Coexisting

Living with Wildlife in the Tahoe Basin

The Lake Tahoe region is known as being one of the most beautiful places on earth, known for its stunning natural splendor. It’s no surprise that so many people chose to live and visit here! Wildlife are a fundamental part of our region’s environment, and knowing that we are sharing the area with so many beautiful animals is part of what makes this area so special for many of us. Yet, sharing our space with wildlife can bring its own set of challenges. Our bears are adept at getting human food from trash containers, woodpeckers can become house-peckers, and your dog may just come home with a face full of quills if she gets too close to a porcupine. Click below to learn more about the most common human-wildlife conflicts in our area and what you can do to avoid or address these issues yourself.

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