Without Idaho and Wyoming’s abundant wildlife, these states would lose their innate character, heritage, and a large portion of their economy. TWRC believes that a successful wildlife rehabilitation facility will reduce the burden on Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) and Idaho Fish and Game Department (IFGD) staff who must respond to calls regarding injured animals. Wildlife rehabilitation offers an avenue for the public to connect with wildlife by contributing to saving an individual animal and by learning the importance of healthy wildlife populations. TWRC’s efforts will help increase the understanding of human-wildlife conflicts which often lead to the injury of animals.
Currently, neither department has the resources to rehabilitate injured wildlife that are brought to their attention. TWRC fills a gap in the western United States for wildlife rehabilitation in an area where there is not only immense interaction between humans and wildlife, but in a region renowned for world class wildlife itself.
We believe that the rehabilitation of native wildlife will contribute to healthy wildlife populations, inspire and educate the public, and reduce the number of carcasses along roads by providing care for otherwise untreated animals injured by vehicle collision. Through real-time experiences, such as stories and presentations recounted by rehabilitators, the public can learn how an injured animal, such as a moose wounded in a wildlife-vehicle collision, recovers and is successfully released back to its habitat. These lessons can invoke powerful emotions and leave lasting impressions about the importance of avoiding collisions with wildlife. Additionally, rehabilitation of native species can demonstrate to the public a high level of care regarding the detrimental impacts that humans have on local wildlife populations.
Teton Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of native wildlife species through the rehabilitation of injured, sick, and orphaned animals. Through rehabilitation and education, we increase the chances of wildlife survival. We operate in Teton Valley, Idaho and Jackson Hole, Wyoming and release all animals that are able to be rehabilitated. We only rehabilitate animals that are injured by human causes.
Teton Wildlife Rehabilitation Center partners with local, state and federal organizations to leverage additional types of interventions. Wild animals in need of rehabilitation are accepted from a broad area, including Idaho and Wyoming, at the discretion of staff and under the stipulations of our permits. We rehabilitate a broad range of species—which will be expanded as we build trust with our partners—that includes large carnivores, meso-carnivores, furbearers, small mammals, migratory birds, and in certain cases, disease-free ungulates.
In 2016, TWRC’s focus is on obtaining and building a physical facility (land, building, and cages) to evaluate and care for patients. Lindsay Jones and Renee Seidler, Co-founders of TWRC, are members of the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council.