Letter: Here’s a way to feed the bears

The Pauline S. Schneegas Wildlife Foundation in Silt is rehabbing 15 bears — 14 cubs and one big, mean mama. In readying them for hibernation, the foundation is feeding these eating machines around 20,000 calories a day in fruit, berries and dry dog food.

The foundation has the fruit and berries covered but could use help rounding up the dry dog food. To the rescue again is the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office. The good folks at the Pitkin County Jail are collecting donations of unopened bags of dog food between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. any day of the week through Sept. 26. There will be a bin just inside the jail where you can leave the dog food.

You may park your car in the roundabout by the jail while making a donation. If you need help carrying the bagged dog food, please go to the window inside the jail and ask for assistance.

Another way to help is to send a tax-deductible monetary donation to PSSWF, 5945 County Road 346, Silt, CO 81652.

Since 1984, the Wildlife Foundation has rehabilitated and released to the wild more than 6,000 animals that were orphaned, injured or starving when brought to the foundation. If the foundation were not here to help, all these thousands of wild animals would have been euthanized or faced a sure and often slow and painful death in the wild.

Thanks from all the furry and feathered critters.

Lindsay Smith

Volunteer, Pauline S. Schneegas Wildlife Foundation