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On the mend near Grants Pass.

You may never see the same collection of birds and animals twice at Wildlife Images Rehabilitation and Education Center. Not a zoo or animal park, this is a place that treats ill or injured creatures and returns healthy ones to the wild. Near Grant Pass in southwest Oregon, the 12-year-old center may send off a recovered hawk the same day it welcomes a pair of abandoned bear cubs.

Now the public--which brings in many of the center's patients--is welcome to visit. Director Dave Siddon, a nationally acclaimed wildlife film maker, began informal tours last spring.

The animals, either healing or permanently disabled, are mostly indigenous species: cougar, bear, raccoon, otter, deer, and many birds of prey. Though only 15 to 20 birds and mammals are on view, they're representative of the hundred or so creatures the center cares for at any one time. Children on the hours often know some by name; the center has a traveling exhibit that visits schools.

Call (503) 476-0222 at least a day in advance to join one of the hour-long tours at 11 or 2, Tuesdays through Saturdays; they're free, but donations are accepted. The guides, all wildlife experts, discuss the different species, care and healing procedures, and release practices.

To reach the center from Interstate 5 at Grants Pass, take exit 58 southbound and follow N.W. Sixth Street south 1-3/4 miles to S.W. G Street. Drive west about 11 miles (G Street becomes Lower River Road); watch for a sign.
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Date:Jul 1, 1985
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