Wildlife rehab centers: where the wild things are
FARMINGTON, Ky. — It's prime time for coming across newborn wild creatures but while it might be human nature to want to nurture these animal babies it's not the right thing to do.
Fish and Wild Life want you to bring them to Beth Ott's wildlife rehabilitation center. Ott has been rehabing orphaned and or injured animals, mainly raccoons, for the past 16 years.
She is a licensed wildlife rehabilitation specialist who cares for each animal by bottle feeding them and getting them reacquainted with their natural habitat.
By law, she has 180 days to rehab them before she has to release them back into the wild.
"The fact is, 90 percent of our animals come from human error," she said. "They come from people logging and people taking away their habits. They're being hit by cars. People are just finding them and taking them in."
Besides the occasionally donation, this practice is done with no outside funding. The costs run around $1,200 a month for formula and $70 for each raccoon for vaccinations.
If you'd like to donate, call Ott at (270)345-2442 or Debbie Clark at (270) 970-7659.