Nature Matters: Duluth's Wildwoods Rehabilitation Rehabs Animals

By KBJR News 1

May 1, 2012 Updated May 1, 2012 at 10:34 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)
"When I was a child we used to take in all the baby birds that fell from the rafters in the barn and my mom would try to help us and we'd desperately try to feed them and it was hard because often they would die. We didn't know the right way to care for them."

Growing up on a farm, Duluthian Caroline Sneve Routley learned to care about animals.
Through Wildwoods Rehabilitation, she's since learned to care for them.
Wildwoods lives up to its name by rehabilitating abandoned baby and injured adult animals.
The group is caring for a wide variety of animals at the moment.

"We have a bobcat that we're waiting on who was hit by a car and has some major spinal bruising. His name is Bernie." said Caroline Sneve Routley.

The bobcat is almost ready to go back into the wild.
This time of year, a lot of well meaning people take baby animals in from the wild.
Wildwoods feels that often amounts to well intentioned kidnapping.

"A lot of time babies seem to need help but they truly don't. The mother is usually within hearing distance often times." said Sneve Routley.

A common problem for animal rehabbers these days is loons with lead poisoning.
The Wildwoods staff urges hunters to stay away from lead shot and anglers to be careful with lead sinkers.
If you see strays on the shore...

"Pick them up. That might be one loon you save just by picking up what was left behind by another fisherman." said rehabber Alisha Stalker.

This loon didn't make it.
But, by keeping our fields, forests and lakes clean along with a little care from professional rehabilitators, we can help others survive.

"We've kind of taken over this big beautiful wild area and we have to cohabitate with them." said Sneve Routley.

In Duluth, Dave Anderson, the Northland's News Center.

Right now, Wildwoods' work is done in the homes of volunteers.
The organization is making plans to build a permanent facility. The phone number is 218 491 3604. Website is wildwoodsrehab.org