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Weather Damages Wildlife Center

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Friday’s storm knocked down large trees at the Wildlife Images Rehabilitation and Education Center. More than 12 old trees fell. “Probably been here 200 years … just a weird freak thing, all at once they gave away,” Executive Director Dave Siddon said about the downed wood.

Wildlife officials say the bear enclosure, wolves enclosure and the animal clinic were damaged, among other issues. Siddon estimates more than $50,000 in damages.

None of the animals at the Wildlife Center escaped. “Racoon cages were wiped out, there’s been all kinds of things completely flattened and fortunately no animals were hurt though. It’s an amazing thing no animals were injured,” Siddon said.

The non-profit Center will be closed for about a week.