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Operation Wildlife

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Operation Wildlife

We get many, many calls each year from people who have found an injured or an apparently abandoned wild animal. One of the top facilities for dealing with these animals is located in our area. Operation Wildlife is headquartered in Linwood, Kansas and has an additional receiving center in Shawnee.

They are a 100% publicly funded (no tax support) clinic that has been serving NE Kansas for 25 years. They are obviously good at what they do as they can boast a 69% release rate which is 20% higher than the national average. The secret to their success lies in dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly to help wild animals get a second chance at a free ranging life.

As you probably saw on the cover, we are extremely excited to have this group coming out for this year’s Anniversary Sale on Saturday March 7th. They will bring several of their “education” animals that cannot be released back into the wild. They will include a variety of hawks, owls and falcons.

If you want to learn more about this fine group or perhaps learn more about how to support and or volunteer for them, visit their web page www.owl-online.org. You can also call them at (785) 542-3625 or (913) 631-6566.

If you are in the state of Kansas and find an injured or orphaned wild animal, they ask that you keep pets and children away from it, do not try to feed it or give it water and contact them immediately at one of the numbers above. They can advise you on the best way to handle the situation and get the animal to them. If you are in Missouri, you can call them for advice but it is illegal to transport wildlife across state lines.

By Mark McKellar