Facility cares for wounded, orphaned wildlife

Nanci Limbach, executive director of the Pauline S. Schneegas Wildlife Foundation in Silt, says “Got Milk!” as she holds a week-old racoon, not old enough for its eyes to be open, after she fed it. The litter of racoons were recovered from a Garfield County area after the mother had been shot. Limbach feeds the racoons every four hours 24/7.


Check out Dean Humphrey’s photo gallery from the wildlife center, by clicking HERE.

Nanci Limbach has mothered orphaned black bear and mountain lion cubs, litters of raccoons and plenty of deer and elk.

As executive director of the Pauline S. Schneegas Wildlife Foundation near Silt, Limbach’s job is as varied as the animals under her care.

Her ultimate goal is to see the wild animals regain health, rehabilitated and returned to wild. Unfortunately, some of the animals can’t survive in their natural habitat.

Two foxes, captured illegally when they were young, were found in Grand Junction and brought to the facility. Because the foxes were so habituated to human contact, they can’t survive on their own.

Without the facility, the Colorado Division of Wildlife would have to euthanized some injured animals that otherwise could have been nursed back to health.

The facility, which can be visited by appointment only, is a nonprofit and funded solely by donations. The cost and work to rehabilitate wild animals is not compensated by any government agency.

For more information about scheduling an individual or group educational tour, or to find out how to make a donation or become a sponsor, go to http://www.schneegaswildlifefoundation.org or call 970-876-5676.


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