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Wildlife center opens doors on Sunday

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Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily Tribune While construction crews were working on a new housing development outside Sacramento, they accidentally collapsed a den when this otter was about 5 weeks old. He recuperates at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care until his release.

Critters of Lake Tahoe including bears, owls, otters and eagles will be featured Sunday during a public open house at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care center.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. community members will be able to access the back lot of the facility where the animals are kept and the general public is usually ordered to keep out, said Tom Millham, secretary/treasure of Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care.

“This year will be exceptional in the fact that there are more species represented than usual at one time,” Millham said.

The facility cares for and rehabilitates injured or orphaned wild animals from the Lake Tahoe region. Among the animals in cages are: two bear cubs, a river otter, a bobcat, 14 raccoons and seven great-horned owls. In addition, there is a golden eagle, three red-tailed hawks, a porcupine, nine California quail and numerous songbirds.

Demonstrations on the rehab process will be featured every hour. Refreshments will be provided by local businesses.

Now operating in its 27th year, Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care has cared for more than 15,000 wild birds and animals and has released more than 10,000 back to the wild.

Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care is located at 1485 Cherry Hills Circle, off Elks Club Drive, just south of the Lake Tahoe Airport.

For questions, call (530) 577-2273.

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