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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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What’s New

Another new arrival…
It’s a….Coyote Pup!

This little 1.6 pound pup was found crying alone in a strip of national forest that was in between two neighborhoods.

We are fairly certain we know where the den is so we are going to try to reunite it with its family later today!

If you are out & about this holiday weekend and come across wildlife that you think needs help PLEASE TAKE A PICTURE & CALL US!!

530-577-2273

Together we can keep wildlife WILD!!!

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We had such a great time at our volunteer training last weekend!

Thank you to everyone who came out! We are so excited for a busy summer helping wildlife stay WILD!
It’s already starting, with lots of calls, tons of babies & not nearly enough time we are so thankful to have such a great group of volunteers to help out!

A HUGE Thank you to @tallaccoffee.co & @dragonflybagel for providing coffee & lunch! Both of these fantastic businesses not only provided coffee & lunch BUT they DONATED IT! Seriously you both are the BEST!

Thank you to our staff, board members & long-time volunteers for going above & beyond to pull off this amazing weekend!

Now let’s RESCUE, REHAB & RELEASE the wildlife that needs our help!

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P3 wanted to show all our wonderful Wildlife Heroes how porcupines use their tails to climb!

Check it out!

Porcupines use their tails as a “hand” to help push them up the tree & as an “anchor” to help them come down out of the tree without sliding.

Check out how P3 scrunches his tail up & pushes as he climbs to the top & how he slaps his tail to keep him steady as he comes down.

Pretty cool huh!

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I don’t think lettuce has ever looked so good!

The way Porky is chowing down you would think he was filming a commercial to promote eating your greens😂

If he was it would work! He sure is making a salad look really good right now.

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Porky perusing his breakfast…hmm wonder what he will go for first!?

Surprise surprise, he went for the corn!

Porky sure does LOVES his corn!
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Don’t blink or you might miss it! She was that excited to fly off!

This stunning, one eyed, Great Horned Owl is back where she belongs, THE WILD.

This Great Horned Owl was shot & lost her eye but after months of rehabbing she is now WILD & FREE!

Owls hunt with sound & after testing her hunting capabilities it was determined she would be able to thrive in the wild!

It’s been a long road but we couldn’t be happier that she is back where she was born to be!

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His cuteness is unBEARable 💙

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P3 enjoying a nice sunny afternoon & some window watching all while chatting away, of course!

P3 is in excellent health & has demonstrated that he can do all the skills required to survive in the wild….SO HE WILL BE RELEASED VERY SOON!

Yay!!!!

We have gotten a lot of questions about if we think P3 will be okay out in the wild or if we are worried that all his noises will attract predators.
Well….
We are not worried at all!
Why?
Well firstly P3 is a much older Porcupine & successfully lived in the wild for many years before he was injured in the Caldor Fire.
Secondly, he is well equipped with protection from predators! He can climb & then use camouflage to hide, not to mention he also had all his quills! There are also no predators that can hunt Porcupines up here in the basin. Coyotes, Bobcats, Mountain Lions & sometimes Bears will eat a Porcupine if it is already dead & can’t fight back. Otherwise trying to eat a Porcupine is not worth the effort!

As for him walking up to humans, we are not worried at all!
Yes, he tolerates us but really he would prefer to not have us around at all! He enjoys it when he is left alone & that’s exactly how we want it!

He was born & made for the wild!

You’ll be missed P3 but we are so excited for you to go home💙

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Check it out ➡️ someone is eating on his own!

Tule loves to eat. What a good thing too because he came in weighing 3.7 lbs & for a cub his age (born February 1, 2022) that is VERY VERY tiny!
After a week in our care he is now 4:5 lbs! Way to go little one!

Why is it great he is eating on his own?
Well if he wasn’t eating on his own he would have to be bottle fed, which is not as hands off as eating from a bowl. Eating on his own means no human contact & we are able to give him small pieces of fruit with his high calorie, high fat, high protein formula. Time to pack on the pounds Tule!

He has a long way to go & lots of weight to gain but we are thrilled with his appetite & progress so far.

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Go P3, go P3, go P3!

Look who is climbing vertically!! You guessed it, P3!

We needed to see him demonstrate the skill of climbing up & down before he could be released.
Why??
Well Porcupines climb trees to hide, eat, rest & sleep! It’s a skill that they need to survive in the wild.

Yay P3!

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Team work makes the MISSON work! Keeping wildlife WILD together💙

It takes a village to successfully rehab & release bear cubs & WOW are we lucky to be apart of this village!

Thank you to @californiadfw for planning, preparing & releasing the cubs back into the wild!

We are so lucky to work with such great people to accomplish the shared goal & dream of ensuring our wildlife stays wild.

Today Bodie, Thelma & Louise were checked out, GPS collared & are now on their way HOME!

Time to be WILD & FREE cubs💙
Good luck!

& again THANK YOU TO OUR VILLAGE!!!! From @californiadfw , to everyone at LTWC & can’t forget all our WILDLIFE HEROES….WE DID IT!!!!
Three more wild bear cubs are out there because of all of you💙

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As the babies start to develop & grow, they begin to participate very enthusiastically when being fed!

Look at the little paws grab & “help” hold the bottle!

Adorable❤️

Eat up little one so you can grow big, strong & live your BEST WILD life!

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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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