Bear Pen 2022
Wild and Free is a non-for profit wildlife rehabilitation organization based out of Garrison, MN. Animals from all over Minnesota are brought here for veterinary services and rehabilitation. Our mission is to rehab and return as many animals as we can back to their natural habitat.
As of September 2021 we have already received over 950 animals. These animals range from baby mice, to raccoons, fox, bobcats, a myriad of raptors and black bears.
We are fortunate to partner with the veterinarians from the Garrison Animal Hospital who donate all their time and talents to us. Last year, they donated over 2,400 hours and $179,000+ in services.
We are a volunteer based organization. To date, our volunteers have donated over 3,783 hours. We are so grateful for these wonderful people who care so much for our animals. During the baby season (May - August), you will see our volunteers working tirelessly to come in three times a day seven days a week to feed the hundreds of babies we receive and then work to keep the pens, cages and facility clean. It truly takes a village!
Thank you to everyone who donated last year to our Raptor Flight Pen. The building was completed in 2020 and has been a wonderful investment. It has provided amply space for our larger birds, such as eagles, to better rehab and exercise their wings. Click on the Flight Pen Featured Campaign below to see our flight pen building.
Our next big project is to build another 1.25 acre bear pen. Last year, we had 24 bears rehabbing with us. Today, we have 7 bears and are anticipating that we will receive several more this fall due to the extreme drought. Bears need to weigh between 40-50 pounds to survive hibernation. With the lack of food supplies for these animals this year, we are certain that we will be receiving many underweight yearlings. Click on the Bear Pen 2021/2022 Featured Campaign below to learn more. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you to our members, donors and sponsors who continue to keep us financially stable. And thank you to the community of people who care for our wildlife and environment. We could not do this work without your support!