KMSB "Fox-11 Forum," Sunday, June 5, 2011, 7:30 AM

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By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

Host Bob Lee interviews Peter Lininger, V-P and co-founder, Tucson Wildlife Center, which was founded in 1998 and is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of injured and orphaned wild animals throughout Arizona. 

Lininger says he and his wife, Lisa Bates, founded the Center after finding an injured raccoon.  He says no veterinarian would care for it due to concerns about rabies and other risks.  He says with the Center they were immediately available to take in wild animals that had nowhere else to go. He says special training, equipment and permits were obtained to handle the larger, potentially dangerous wildlife.  He says then, the animals literally began pouring through the front door of the Center. 

Lininger says the facility is set up to handle all of the larger animal species. He says they are one of the only centers in the area that can handle some of the more sizeable native and federally protected animals.  He says they specialize in birds of prey (hawks, owls and eagles) and javelina.  He says services provided include an emergency help line operating 24/7, the capture and transportation of injured animals,  a 24-hour emergency room, volunteer DVM on call, rehabilitation, release, and education. He says all services are provided free to the public. He says the Center’s sole source of support comes from donations.

Lininger says plans are currently underway to add a full-service “hospital” to the Center. He says it would be the only one in Arizona devoted to treating wild animals.  He says he expects groundbreaking to take place by the end of this year.