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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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This raccoon’s hand was injured in a rat trap. #LTWC’s vet was able to work quickly and save the thumb, which means it is still able to climb and thus thrive. These two buddies were successfully released together

#wildlifesuccessstory #raccoons #raccoonlife #raccoonrescue #rescuerehabrelease #wildlifeconservation #LTWC #LakeTahoeWildLifeCenter #laketahoe #tahoewildlife #tahoewildlifecare
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A #Wildlifehero found this Red Crossbill in a driveway and brought it to #LTWC. At first glance it looks like its beak is broken, but this specialized bill allows Red Crossbill's to break into unopened pinecones, giving them an advantage over other finch species. They are nomadic and nest wherever they find abundant food

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#LTWC #laketahoe #wildlifeconservation #LakeTahoeWildLifeCenter #rescuerehabrelease #redcrossbill #birdrehab #finch #pinetrees🌲 #backyardbirds #sierranevada #tahoebirds
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Wow — Wild & Free at Valhalla is sold out! 🙌 Due to the tremendous response for Wild & Free tickets, we are excited to offer a virtual-only ticket for $25.
The virtual event will be held simultaneously and virtual attendees will see the same presentations, videos, auctions and games as the in-person attendees. Additionally, virtual Wild & Free attendees have the opportunity to win Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care swag! 🌏 Please join us no matter where you are: ltwc.org/wildandfree
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We are still in need of enrichment items like willow branches, crab apples, chokecherry branches for the bears, raccoons, and birds. They can be dropped off at the donation hut outside of the gate, Thanks so much!

#LTWC #gardenerslife #enrichment #bearrescue #raccoons #LakeTahoeWildLifeCenter #laketahoe
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We are rehabilitating 7 growing bear cubs and welcome food donations. The bears like fresh fruit & veggies like grapes, lettuce, and avocados. They do not like veggies with too much spice like onions, radish, peppers, celery, tomatoes, or potatoes. No prepared human food or moldy food, it should be in the state that you would eat it, Thank You!

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#LTWC #blackbears #RescueRehabRelease #Oak #Tule #sugar #pine #triplets #tahoe #laketahoe #bearrescue #LakeTahoeWildLifeCenter #bearlife🐻
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The triplets' adventure continues, we opened both enclosures so both groups of bears could see each other, as they definitely can smell each other

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#LakeTahoeWildLifeCenter #LTWC #wildlifeconservation #RescueRehabRelease #triplets #bears #LakeTahoe
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Tule, Oak, Pine & Sugar are all settling in together. Playing with each other is their social interaction

#tule #oak #pine #sugar #laketahoe #LakeTahoeWildLifeCenter #bearlife #tahoe #bearrescue #rescuerehabrelease #blackbears #wildlifeprotection #LTWC #tahoebears
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The Triplets' B1, B2, and B3 are content and have assimilated into their surroundings. It is never a dull moment with these three, rough and tumble but happy. The swing is their favorite place to play. We will start to add enrichment toys as soon as they appear to have become bored. Not sure boredom is possible with these three

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#LTWC #laketahoe #triplets #bearlife #wildliferehab #LakeTahoeWildLifeCenter #bearrescue #rescuerehabrelease #blackbears #wildlifeprotection
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We love rehabilitating our raccoons. Happy International Raccoon Day!

#raccoons #raccoonsofinstagram #LTWC #laketahoe #tahoe #wildlifeprotection #laketahoewildlifecenter #InternationalRaccoonDay #wildliferehab #rescuerehabrelease
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Fun Fact: Bears’ day vision is similar to ours and they can see in color too

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#tule #sugar #pine #laketahoe #LakeTahoeWildLifeCenter #bearlife #tahoe #bearrescue #rescuerehabrelease #blackbears #wildlifeprotection #LTWC #FunFactFriday
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Here’s an update on the porcupine we’ve been rehabilitating. Note, this is not Porky, our ambassador porcupine

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#tahoe #laketahoe #rescuerehabrelease #wildlifeprotection #LTWC #LakeTahoeWildlifeCenter #porcupines #wildlifesuccessstory #wildlifeheroes
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The bears are very comfortable in their new environment

#tule #oak #pine #LTWC #laketahoe #tahoe #bearlife #rescuerehabrelease #LakeTahoeWildLifeCenter #blackbears #wildlifeprotection #bearrescue
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Fun Facts: Cubs love to play in the water, and playing chase is almost like a game of tag

#bears #LTWC #laketahoe #rescuerehabrelease #LakeTahoeWildLifeCenter #sugar #oak #bearlife🐻 #wildlifeprotection
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This bunny was successfully rehabilitated and has hopped off into a new Tahoe adventure. Thank you to all of the #wildlifeheroes that made this happen!

#LTWC #rescuerehabrelease #LakeTahoeWildLifeCenter #laketahoe #bunnylife #cottontailrabbit #bunnylove #wildlifeprotection #wecare
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Oak and Tule's friendship continues to develop. They are often spied playing with just each other. Bear cubs can create special bonds and become close, these two have created an especially close bond

#Tule #Oak #LTWC #bears #LakeTahoeWildLifeCenter #LakeTahoe #rescuerehabrelease #playtime #TimelineCleanse
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Please drop any interesting tree cuttings off at the center

#wildlifeconservation #LakeTahoe #LakeTahoeWildLifeCenter #gardenerslife
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Sugar enjoys her new environment and friends

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#bears #LTWC #laketahoe #wildlifeconservation #rescuerehabrelease #sugar
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To the many people that have dropped off freshly caught fish, thank you! Live fish allows us to prey test the raptors, raccoons, and bears. Our animals prefer close to the surface fish, which is what they would find in the wild. We are grateful to these #wildlifeheroes

#LTWC #laketahoe #fishers #sportfishing #raptors #bears #raccoons #wildlifeconservation #rescuerehabrelease #thanksforthefish
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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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