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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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Can’t really tell if this is pure athleticism & super comfortable OR very uncomfortable & just pure laziness!?
Haha oh Lucinda!
(Eloise hanging out on the ground)

Lucinda sure does love that tree!
Can you find the last post of her playing with the tree?!
*Hint hint it was in November! *

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It’s definitely winter here in Tahoe!

This is our slowest season. With the 4 big cubs hibernating, the 4 injured/ burned cubs healing, the juvenile raccoons almost ready for release & the porcupine chowing down on corn there has not been much going on at LTWC.

So while we continue to prepare for our upcoming baby (busy) season we wanted to share some sweet moments of the 4 big cubs. This was taken a few weeks ago right after a nice snow!

Enjoy this cuteness!

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Oh hey Jamison 👋🏽

How are all the hibernating cubs doing? Very well, thanks for wondering!

The four big cubs (Wildwood, Lucinda, Jamison & Eloise) wake up every so often, walk around, stretch & then go right back to their den for more sleep!

Currently CA F&W is working on the RELEASE plan for these four cubs!! Wohoo!

In the meantime enjoy how chubby Jamison is!
Fat & healthy!

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Throwback Thursday!

This weeks winner is the Spotted Skunk!
This last year (2020) LTWC rescued, rehabilitated, and released TWO Spotted Skunks!

Formerly, spotted skunk subspecies (Spilogale putorius interrupta) was common but now is considered extremely rare.

This is a cool species! Not only are they spotted BUT they also do a handstand before spraying potential threats!

Great pick for #throwbackthrusday Wildlife Heroes!

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How to wash your paws or hands 101:

1. Wet your hands with clean water.
*see video for example*

2. Apply enough soap to cover all surfaces of your hands and wrists.

3. Lather and rub your hands together briskly and thoroughly. Make sure to scrub all surfaces of your hands, fingertips, fingernails, and wrists.
*see video for example*

4. Scrub your hands and wrists for at least 20 seconds.
*see video for example*

5. Rinse your hands and wrists under clean water.
*see video for example*

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Us: How’s that fish head taste?!

Em: *rips a big bite off*

Us: Oh so delicious!

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Wait for it....
Oh why hello there!

Roomate’s can be so annoying sometimes haha!

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Good morning!
Time to rise & shine, or if you are a juvenile raccoon rehabbing at LTWC it’s time to rise & PLAY!

mischievous, curious, energetic & VERY playful are just a few great descriptions of these masked cuties!

LTWC couldn’t be prouder to provide a safe, enriching environment for these little ones to grow & learn in!
The raccoon building has three inside enclosure & two outdoor play areas. All filled with toys, trees, pools & structures to climb on!
Lucky little bandits!

They are almost ready to be released to the wild! A few more wild skills to learn & then they will be ready!

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Look who is up!
The South Shore Four!

The 4 big cubs (Wildwood, Lucinda, Jamison. & Eloise) are all from South shore Lake Tahoe so we have been calling them the South Shore Four!
They got up from their sleep to stretch out their legs as well as get some sunshine and fresh air before they headed back to their den for more rest!

You can tell they are in the middle of hibernating due to the lack of energy & the lethargic looks!

Of course Jamison, as always, is being silly! That stick is working hard to not snap!

For more on Black Bear hibernation check out our post from a few weeks back —> “Let’s Talk About: Black Bear Hibernation”!

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Are porcupines important to forest health?!

Why yes, yes they are!
Porcupines evolved with the forests and are part of a system of forest replenishment. Trees damaged by porcupines provide critical habitat for dozens of other species. These trees then become part of the nutrient cycling essential to forest health.

Thanks for helping out our forest little one!

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Ohhhh yeahhhh, that’s the stuff!

Nothing like a foot stretch & scratch to get through the day! Half way through the week, yay!

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Starting off the day, week & month of February with a BIG Good Morning from Em!

Em is not a morning bird. He likes to take his time waking up & getting the day started BUT once up he is quite the talker!

What a way to start the day, week & month! Wohoo!

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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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