wildlife rehabilitation

Ann Eshelman

Rhinelander native Ann Eshelman worked for many years as a public defender in the Northwoods.  After retiring she headed to northeast Cambodia to volunteer at a rehabilitation center for aging elephants…that had been used for logging and other hard labor.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski talked with Eshelman about her experience volunteering at an elephant sanctuary that also has a big environmental and social impact.  

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Alan Huett

A wildlife rehabilitator is hoping to pin down the extent of salmonella sickness in birds.  

The Northwoods Wildlife Center is planning to train citizen scientists to notice and report cases of salmonella in birds.  Executive Director Sharon Reilly says the center got dozens of calls this spring reporting sick or dead birds…where salmonella sounded like the culprit. 

Let Out the Bears

Oct 24, 2013
Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Wisconsin's bear hunting season ended this month.  

That’s good news for a group of young bears that spent most of the year at a wildlife rehab center.  They finally have the chance to be released back into the wild.  As WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski reports, that release is also good news for the bears’ caretakers…who finally have a chance to get some rest.

Bear release day dawns cloudy and damp. Just east of busy traffic on Highway 47, Mark Naniot has rounded up interns and a small crew of volunteers.