Hotline: 805-543-9453 (WILD)

Who We Are

800+ strong and growing!  
Members, donors, volunteers & staff working together to support the wildlife of San Luis Obispo County through rehabilitation and educational outreach.

Pacific Wildlife Care is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

What We Do

We treat nearly 3,000 wild animal patients every year, from over 200 different species. Our goal? To return healthy animals to the wild! We also provide educational presentations for local organizations and schools.

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Why It Matters

[Wildlife rehabilitation] "is a process of coming to know something quite unlike you, to understand it well enough not only to keep it alive but also to put it back, like a puzzle piece, into the gap in the world it left behind."

 -- Helen Macdonald, author of H is for Hawk

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This Snowy Plover was brought to us from Oceano dunes with a broken wing. Despite our best efforts over several months, it was determined by our veterinarian that the wing damage would prevent his survival as a wild shorebird. Fortunately, we were able to place him with the Monterey Bay Aquarium where he will be part of their breeding program. Snowy Plovers are designated as threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service so every member of the species is vital to their continued survival.

#snowyplover #montereybayaqarium #speciessurvival #wildliferehab #oceano
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This Snowy Plover was brought to us from Oceano dunes with a broken wing. Despite our best efforts over several months, it was determined by our veterinarian that the wing damage would prevent his survival as a wild shorebird. Fortunately, we were able to place him with the Monterey Bay Aquarium where he will be part of their breeding program. Snowy Plovers are designated as threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service so every member of the species is vital to their continued survival.

#snowyplover #montereybayaqarium #speciessurvival #wildliferehab #oceano

 

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😍A beautiful wonderful place to live if he cant be free!

I follow them. I can't wait to see what happens next.

This Turkey Vulture is in our care unable to stand and suffering the effects of lead poisoning. Birds such as vultures and Golden Eagles get lead poisoning from eating animals that have been shot with lead bullets. X-rays showed a small lead pellet in this bird's digestive tract. Lead poisoning can cause confusion and debilitation, pain, paralysis and blindness. The treatment is slow, stressful, expensive, and not always successful. For the sake of our wildlife please avoid using lead ammunition.

#leadpoisoning #lead #leadammunition #turkeyvulture #wildlife #wildliferehab #hunting
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This Turkey Vulture is in our care unable to stand and suffering the effects of lead poisoning. Birds such as vultures and Golden Eagles get lead poisoning from eating animals that have been shot with lead bullets. X-rays showed a small lead pellet in this birds digestive tract. Lead poisoning can cause confusion and debilitation, pain, paralysis and blindness. The treatment is slow, stressful, expensive, and not always successful. For the sake of our wildlife please avoid using lead ammunition.

#leadpoisoning #lead #leadammunition #turkeyvulture #wildlife #wildliferehab #hunting

 

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Sending warm, healing thoughts that the recovery is quick and giving thanks that it is right where it needs to be to get there!

Poor sweet one. Glad it's in your capable hands.

I thought lead amo was banned?

The ban wont go into effect until July 2019.

Poor baby. thank you for all you do!

Poor baby . Love Tv's

Sweet baby. Thank you, PWC.

Vultures are so sweet. Thank you for caring for this one.

Thanks everyone for your comments. The lead ban in California is being implemented in 3 phases and the third and final phase takes effect in July of 2019. Lead ammunition has been banned for hunting over water since 1991.

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1 day ago

Pacific Wildlife Care

Please be advised of the trail closure of a portion of Irish Hills in San Luis Obispo. Let this mother Mountain Lion do her job and raise her cub in peace. We can learn to coexist with wildlife!

#mountainlion #sanluisobispo #irishhillsRangers have closed a portion of the Morro View trail in Irish Hills as of December 8, 2017. A mother mountain lion and her cub were spotted using a particular area near the trail as a den. As mother mountain lions are known to be extremely protective and territorial around their cubs we have elected to close this trail under the Director’s Authority for the safety of our open space users and the lions too.

Multiple postings are being put out in the Irish Hills trail network, physical barriers are being put up where the closure begins, and a game camera is being deployed so that we can get a better understanding of how the Mother and cub(s) are behaving. We will reopen the trail when we deem it safe for all. More info here: www.slocity.org/government/department-directory/parks-and-recreation/ranger-service
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Please be advised of the trail closure of a portion of Irish Hills in San Luis Obispo. Let this mother Mountain Lion do her job and raise her cub in peace. We can learn to coexist with wildlife! 

#mountainlion #sanluisobispo #irishhills

 

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glad that people and animals are both being protected 🙂

It's always good to respect wildlife.

Sarah Respecki

Wonderful, and thanks for protecting the mountain lions.

Please be kind to our opossum friends ❤️

#opossum #awesomepossum #coexist #wildlife #pacificwildlifecare
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Please be kind to our opossum friends ❤️

#opossum #awesomepossum #coexist #wildlife #pacificwildlifecare

 

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They can wipe out your chickens farm too. 😉

We have one in our back yard and I feed it fruit from time to time... so cute watching it eat!😉

David R Bradley

A good mother, too

I used to have a special pan I would put all my food scraps in daily and would set it out each night for the resident possum or whatever critter came along. Kept my trash can from being raided too.

Less humans -----> More wildlife! 🐾🐾🐾

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3 days ago

Pacific Wildlife Care

The Condor Cave
Two condors a courting!
We are starting see signs of the 2018 nesting season! Condors begin courting one another in the fall with hopes of finding or keeping a mate. Great Basin Institute Intern, Kylie Smith, captured an up close video of Condor #20 displaying to Condor #654 while the pair was trapped for their bi-annual checkup at Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge. This pair attempted to nest last year in the Santa Barbara backcountry but were not successful. From the looks of it, they will be trying again in 2018!
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Isn't it romantic!

LOL He courted her right off the wooden platform!

“Look at my pecs!” LOL, who could refuse this handsome dude?