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Help save a bear

Dear Editor:

It didn’t take long for the “baby-bear nursery” at the Pauline S. Schneegas Wildlife Foundation in Silt to be filled with orphaned bear cubs. We already have nine cubs and are expecting more arrivals.

For almost 30 years and more than 5,000 wild animals, the Wildlife Foundation has cared for injured, orphaned and starving bear cubs and an assortment of baby foxes, coyotes, bobcats, elk and fawns – to list a few of our “patients.” The foundation also cares for eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, cranes and “local” and migratory songbirds. The foundation provides medical attention, housing and food for these animals prior to their being released to the wild.

All our “patients” receive shelter, food, medical treatment and other types of care in order to be strong and healthy enough to return to their natural habitat within a few months to a year.

Because the critters don’t have medical insurance plans, the foundation relies on donations to take care of them. If you are an animal lover and would like to help support the foundation’s work with your tax-deductible donations, please send a check to: PSS Wildlife Foundation; 5945 County Road 346; Silt, CO 81652

Or if you are in town today, please stop by our booth at the Aspen Saturday Market and make a donation. Mason Morse has donated the booth, as they do every weekend to a valley nonprofit. You can find us at the Hyman office just outside Mason Morse’s office.

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If the foundation were not here to help, all the thousands of wild animals admitted to the Pauline S. Schneegas Wildlife Foundation would have faced a sure and often slow, painful death.

Thanks from all the furry and feathered critters,

Lindsay Smith

Aspen

Volunteer Pauline S. Schneegas Wildlife Foundation

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