PAWS Magazine

 

Issue 52, Summer 2002

 

Wildlife

As the largest wildlife center in the Northwest, the PAWS Wildlife Center in Lynnwood is continuing its 21-year tradition of providing outstanding care for the injured and orphaned wildlife of Washington.

“We’ve just passed the mid-point of the year and we already provide care for more than 2,600 animals,” say Kip Parker, PAWS Wildlife Director. This summer the PAWS Wildlife Center will receive its 80,000th wild animal. PAWS Wildlife Center provides care for more than half of all injured and orphaned animals rehabilitated in Washington State.

“Usually they need care because of human causes,” says Kip. “Such as development, roads, radio tower, and other encroachment. We have a responsibility to respond to those animals. Well over 75% of the animals that we get are from human action or interaction. Some of it is negative interaction, but a lot of it that is intended to be positive is in fact misguided, like kidnapping of deer fawns, and picking up some baby animals and birds that should be left alone.”

This year the center has a full-time staff of 12, including a receptionist, a naturalist, volunteer manager, rehabilitators, and two top wildlife veterinarians. But instrumental to the success of the wildlife center is the volunteer program. “It’s a hugely important part of our rehab efforts,” says Kip. “Our program is without a doubt one of the best in North America because of the level of support, the amount of training, and the opportunities for service, education, commitment, and being part of an overall program that is making a difference.”

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