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Wildlife Images begins to recover from damage after snowstorm

The wildlife park is closed until further notice while staff work to repair the damage caused by downed trees and heavy snow.

Posted: Jan 17, 2020 6:31 PM
Updated: Jan 18, 2020 2:33 PM

MERLIN, Ore. -- On Friday, the staff at Wildlife Images Rehabilitation & Education Center were busy picking up sticks, twigs and cutting down trees following Thursday's storm. 

Pieces of trees cover the ground just as much as snow.

"Now it's just this big clean up," said Erin Maxson, Business and Communications Manager at the park.

"We've got probably weeks ahead of us," said Dave Siddon, Executive Director. 

Luckily everyone is safe. None of the animals were hit by a tree.  "Oh, it was a big sigh of relief. Oh fantastic," said Siddon. 

Those trees did take down some fences though. One of the biggest areas damaged is the cat run. This area is used for animals like cougars to run around in.

"Luckily, our cats were inside the overnight enclosures. So they can stay there until we have that secure for them," said Maxson. 

All the animals were accounted for Thursday morning. In just one day lots of progress has already been made. Part of the clean-up includes taking down trees that are leaning from wind damage or snow. Those trees could cause more damage.

"Because of that danger we are closed to the public until further notice," said Maxson. 

"In a forested area like this, you don't want to wipe it out. You want to keep the trees intact. So there's no telling what branches are going to break and fall on what," said Siddon.

For some people, that's why they think the Wildlife Images park is so beautiful.

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