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By Miriam Raftery
August 7, 2014 (Ramona) – The Ramona Fund for Animals Wildlife Center is one of only three facilities in San Diego County that rehabilitate injured or ill wildlife for release back into the wild. Currently the Center is nursing back to health two coyote pups found with burned feet during the May wildfires.
The Center, founded by Cleveland Amory, also has some permanent residents that cannot be rereleased, including a hand-raised captive cougar in these photos (shot through the bars of its enclosure). This mountain lion was reported by a local veterinarian after its owner, who purchased it illegally from out of state, brought the cub in for a “well kitten” checkup.
The 13-acre rehab center has also been instrumental in rescuing a herd of wild goats and feral cats from the Channel Islands.
This facility is not open to the public for tours or visits, but you can drop off local native wildlife that has been injured. The Center accepts patients ranging from birds to large mammals, but specializes in rehabilitation of predators such as coyotes, mountain lions and bobcats.
Currently the nonprofit organization is raising funds for a new aviary to house birds of prey such as hawks and eagles.
To learn more visit http://www.fundforanimals.org/wildlife_center/ .