Checkers – Great Horned Owl

Checkers – Great Horned Owl

Checkers is a great horned owl (Bubo virginianus) who came to the Foundation from Bidwell Rehabilitation Center. Checkers is healthy but unable to be released back into the wild. Checkers has come to the Foundation to join our native species educational program. The great horned owl is also known as the tiger owl or the hoot owl. Great horned owls are generally colored for camouflage protecting them from predators as well as hiding them while they are hunting their prey. The great horned owl’s primary diet includes rabbits, rats, mice, and voles although it will freely hunt any animal it can...

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Dana – Western Cougar

Dana – Western Cougar

Dana is a female Western Cougar (Puma concolor), born in late October, 2015. She came to the Foundation as a gift to be an ambassador to her species. Cougars are known by many names, including puma, panther, or mountain lion. The cougar has a small, broad head with small rounded ears, a powerful body with long hind legs and black-tipped tail. They use their coats as camouflage to keep them hidden from predators, and their color and size reflect the area they live in. Redder coat colors are common among darker soils such as mountainous areas, whereas the more beige coat colors are common with...

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Alamea – Western Cougar

Alamea – Western Cougar

Alamea is a female Western Cougar (Puma concolor), born in late June 2015. Her name, Alamea, means precious in Hawaiian. Alamea came to the Foundation because she needed a minor surgery and a permanent home. She is pain free and will remain at the Foundation as an ambassador to her species. Cougars are known by many names, including puma, panther, or mountain lion. The cougar has a small, broad head with small rounded ears, a powerful body with long hind legs and black-tipped tail. They use their coats as camouflage to keep them hidden from predators, and their color and size reflect the...

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Cliff – Black-Tailed Deer

Cliff – Black-Tailed Deer

Cliff is a male black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus) who was injured at birth and brought to the Foundation from another wildlife facility. Due to his injury at birth, he cannot be released back into the wild. Cliff will remain at the Foundation with his enclosure companions Wentz and Toby and be an ambassador to his species. The black-tailed deer’s diet changes based on season. In winter and early spring, they forage on lichens, red huckleberries, western red cedar, and deer fern. In late spring and fall, they forage on grasses, blackberries, apples, and maple. Black-tailed deer have...

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Addie – Ringtail

Addie – Ringtail

Addie is a female Ringtail (Bassariscus astutus) born around 2011. She was found by the public and kept at a local facility, before Fish and Wildlife brought her to us. Because she has been imprinted by humans, she cannot be released back into the wild, as she would not be able to take care of herself. Addie is a great treasure to our native species program, allowing our guests to see this elusive yet beautiful animal. The ringtail is also known as ring-tailed cat, miner’s cat (due to their use as a mouser), or civet cat because of their pungent secretion from anal glands. Although they are...

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Glenda – Black Bear

Glenda – Black Bear

Glenda is a female Black Bear (Ursus americanus) who is estimated to have been born in late 2013. Glenda was found in a backyard in Glendora, California. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife attempted to relocate her several times but she kept returning to the same area. Glenda was considered a non-releasable bear and she was brought to the Foundation to join our native species educational program. The black bear is North America’s smallest and most common species of bear. Black bears are omnivores, with their diets varying greatly depending on the season and location. The black...

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Michael – Western Cougar

Michael – Western Cougar

Michael is a male Western Cougar (Puma concolor), born in 2005. Michael came to us from Oregon and was named in memory of Michael Chestnut Jr., his lifetime sponsor. He underwent two surgeries to help correct his birth defects, and is doing very well. Though he may appear to walk around his enclosure with irregular movements, he is pain free. The Foundation is committed to providing everything he needs to have quality of life. Cougars are also known as a Pumas, Panthers, or Mountain Lions. The cougar hunts alone by day or night, and will hide its food, if large enough, in dense undergrowth,...

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Toby – Black-Tailed Deer

Toby – Black-Tailed Deer

Toby is a male black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus) who was named after one of our volunteers who is a volunteer firefighter and has helped the foundation tremendously. California Fish and Wildlife brought him to us because he was illegally owned which lead to him being imprinted by humans. Imprinting is a biological phenomenon that occurs in mammals and birds when they are babies. In nature, young animals are raise by their mothers, developing a proper concept of their own identity. In captivity, this can develop with humans. When an animal is imprinted by humans they lose their natural...

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Wylie – Coyote

Wylie – Coyote

Wylie is a female coyote (Canis latrans), born in 2001. Wylie joined the Foundation after she was hit by a semi truck and required treatment for her injuries. She is pain free but due to her injuries she is not able to be released back into the wild. She will remain at the Foundation and be an ambassador to her species. The size of the coyote is larger than a fox but smaller than a wolf. The fur coloration varies from grayish brown to yellowish gray with a white throat and belly. Their tails are generally half the length of their body and have a black tip on the end. They often hold their...

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Winston – Black Bear

Winston – Black Bear

Winston is a male black bear (Ursus americanus) born in January 2010. As a young bear cub he ran into a pole while chasing a ball at another facility. His resulting head injury created motor skill problems. The other facility didn’t have the resources to help him, but we were able to bring him into our family and provide him with an enrichment program to treat his injuries. We provided obstacles for him including ropes, logs, balls, and rocks that he would have to maneuver around to receive food and treats, as well as companionship from Dori who pushed him to health by assisting him through...

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Olli – Great Horned Owl

Olli – Great Horned Owl

This is OLLI, a Great Horned Owl. We believe Olli is a male, native to our area, and is about 3-4 years old. Olli came to us with an injured wing. He is a joy, and will be an ambassador of his species. Due to his injury, he is non-releasable. He will be a wonderful addition to our educational programs, and we are delighted to have him here in his permanent home! The Great Horned Owl is one of the most common birds of prey and lives throughout the Americas year round. There are a large number of subspecies, whose main differences are mainly in color and size. Olli is a California Great Horned...

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Dori – Black Bear

Dori – Black Bear

Dori is a female Black Bear (Ursus americanus) born in January 2010. She came to the Foundation because her previous facility burned down. When she was younger, Dori was featured on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Dave Salmoni. Dori came to the Foundation because she needed a home but she ended up playing an essential role in her companion’s recovery from a head injury he suffered as a cub. Dori will remain at the Foundation with her companion Winston as ambassadors to their species. The black bear is North America’s smallest and most common species of bear. Black bears are omnivores,...

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Tenacity – Coyote

Tenacity – Coyote

Tenacity is a female coyote (Canis latrans), born in 2010. She came to us from another rehabilitation facility that was unable to keep her. We are happy to have her join the Foundation and be an ambassador to her species. The size of the coyote is larger than a fox but smaller than a wolf. The fur coloration varies from grayish brown to yellowish gray with a white throat and belly. Their tails are generally half the length of their body and have a black tip on the end. They often hold their tail low especially while running. The coyote’s ears are pointed and sit upright. Although the coyote...

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Buitre – Turkey Vulture

Buitre – Turkey Vulture

This is Buitre (boo-ee-tray), a female Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura), who came to us in 2012. She was born in Summer 2011. She is non-releasable because she was hit by a car, which required surgery on her wing. She will be an ambassador of her species. We are very pleased to have her here at the Foundation. The turkey vulture’s head is bald and red. Its plumage is primarily dark brown. Males and females appear identical. Turkey vultures have weak, chicken-like feet, which are suitable for running on the ground but not for grasping. These vultures cannot lift or carry food with their...

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Alex – American Alligator

Alex – American Alligator

Alex is a female American Alligator (Alligator Mississippiensis), born in 2001. Alex came to the Foundation through Butte County Fish and Wildlife. She was found in Butte Creek, either escaping from or released by her owner who had her illegally. Alex will remain at the Foundation as an ambassador to her species in our educational program. The American alligator ranges from long and slender to short and robust based on the area they live in. Alligators have broad snouts and an ‘armored’ body with a muscular flat tail. They have four short legs; the front legs have five toes while the back...

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