28 October 2013
A sign on the door gives an unusual warning to visitors at the Wings of Hope Wildlife Sanctuary.
"Volunteers (and everyone else). Make sure this door is closed at all times. Great Horned Owl will eat everyone in this building."
That door separated the owl from rooms filled with squirrels, rabbits and other wildlife and sometimes pets brought to the sanctuary for care.
For Leslie Lattimore, director of the sanctuary in Livingston, keeping animals under her care from becoming each other's dinner is just one of the many things she's learned to do in more than 37 years of rehabilitating wildlife.
That experience is something the Louisiana Wildlife Rehabilitation Association hopes to spread across the state through rehabilitator training sessions next year.
"We're looking for new rehabbers," said Beau Gast, director of the Louisiana Wildlife Rehabilitation Association.
Specifically, the organization wants to attract more people in the New Orleans area as well as the central coastal areas such as Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes.
"In the greater New Orleans area, we are in desperate need of anyone who wants to do anything right now," Gast said. "Down around Houma, that area we don't have any rehabbers down there."
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