SILT, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- You've probably passed it a dozen times. Just off of I-70 near Silt is a rehabilitation program like no other. It can get pretty wild out there but for one resident, that’s just how she likes it.
Nanci Limbach has been running the Pauline S. Schneegas Wildlife Foundation for the past 35 years. It was renamed after her grandmother Pauline.
A bobcat or bear in her backyard is actually normal.
"I think I just always wanted to do this, I was the neighborhood kid who people brought squirrels that were hit by cars or little birds,” said Nanci Limbach, Executive Director & board president, Pauline S. Schneegas Wildlife Foundation.
Pauline says the rescue is a totally non-profit and runs off of donations and grants. She says Colorado Parks and Wildlife or National Forest Service will bring her animals to help heal.
"Three mountain lions, there's three bobcats, there’s a badger and a beaver, there's seven fawns, there's two elk calf's,” said Limbach.
That’s just to name a few, they also have turtles, eagles and ducks. Nanci and her volunteers help heal all kinds of Colorado wildlife but over the years new laws have made that more difficult.
"Eventually they can be determined by the state to be used in education which is how we got the fox and the Bobcats but nowadays they changed it so we would never be able to have them again if they couldn't be released because somebody had domesticated them they would be euthanized… anything that can’t be rehabbed for release is euthanized,” said Limbach.
Her team works 24/7 making sure every critter has a fighting chance at life. They have two wolf dogs, being part dog keeps them from being euthanized.
Nanci says a lot of wolf-dogs are raised in homes and domesticated so they would never survive in the wild.
As for the mountain lions. They're still healing but will soon be released back into the wild.
"The one that just got released had a broken leg and it didn't have enough calcium in its system,” said Limbach.
However, Nanci needs your help now her freezer broke, spoiling over one ton of meat. The public can drop donations off in their garage located at 5945 County Road 346 Silt, Colorado.
"We could do with some more deer and elk meat mostly, we can do chicken like drumsticks or thighs and a lot of fish is useful,” said Limbach.
Nancy also raises money through education. She has about two schools a week come out to her sanctuary and learn about the importance of wildlife, conservation, and our planet.
If you would like to learn more visit their website by clicking on the link to the right of this article.