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Volunteer to care for wild animals

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Provided to the Tribune A baby beaver is cared for and bottle-fed by a Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care volunteer.

Only a select few have the opportunity to feed and help raise a baby beaver, Steller’s jay, raccoon or Western gray squirrel. There are state and federal laws prohibiting the “average” person from doing so.

However, as a trained volunteer with Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, you would be working with these wild creatures (and many more) under the permits issued by California Fish and Game and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Annually, LTWC cares for more than 700 wild birds and animals with the No. 1 goal of releasing every one of them back into the wild.

You can learn to be a wildlife rehabilitator by taking the two-day training seminar this Saturday and Sunday. The cost is $60 per person. For families of two or more, the first family member is $60, with each additional member costing $40. The cost includes a training manual (first family member only), annual membership with Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, Sunday lunch and two days of intensive training.

If you are interested in this type of volunteering, please call LTWC’s executive director, Cheryl Millham, at (530) 577-2273 to obtain a registration form, or visit LTWC’s Web site at http://www.ltwc.org and click on “Want to Work With Wildlife?”

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