LA Adventure Specialist - 12:39 2 October 2010

1200 lb Grizzly scares me @ Wildlife Waystation

Visiting the Wildlife Weigh Station and planning our newest adventure that with include, a helicopter landing

(that will be a part of our private Los Angeles Helicopter Tours / coming soon)  tour, & private lunch that with help support the mission of the WIldlife Weigh Station.  Diamond the 1200 lb Grizzly gave me a little mid afternoon scare! What an amazing creature. Quite an experience standing 2 feet away from one!

Founded in 1976 by wildlife lover and expert Martine Colette, the Wildlife WayStation is a national non-profit, holding rehabilitation, medical and problem solving refuge for native, wild and exotic animals. Located in the Angeles National Forest, north of the San Fernando Valley, the Wildlife WayStation is a safe haven for both native and exotic wildlife and is dedicated to their rescue, rehabilitation and relocation.

These animals come from all over the world and from many different situations. The WayStation’s long-standing commitment is to accept any animal, no matter what the problem, free of charge and with no reservations. In short, no wild or exotic animal in need is ever turned away.

Since its inception, the Wildlife WayStation has provided shelter and care to over 75,000 animals. The 160-acre enclave is one of the only licensed facilities of its kind in the United States. The Wildlife WayStation was created in response to the lack of existing facilities designed to help and house wild and exotic animals.

The refuge is a 24 hour-a-day, seven day-a-week operation, which provides the animals with everything from hospital facilities and medicine, to nurturing and TLC. The WayStation is devoted to returning native wildlife to its natural habitat whenever possible.

There is a large and varied range of animals treated at the Wildlife WayStation. These include all types of large cats (lions, tigers, bobcats, leopards, jaguars, and even a ‘ligress’), primates, bears, opossums, foxes, hyenas, reptiles, wolves, deer and all types of birds.

These animals may have been former circus performers, members of animal exhibits, or orphaned or abandoned by their parents. Many of the animals were adopted by owners who thought they would make ‘novel’ or ‘cute’ pets until they grew up and became unmanageable. Sadly, in several such cases the animals were de-clawed or even de-fanged in a cruel attempt to maintain control over the animal.

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