Above: Cougar at Wildlife Waystation from the Press Enterprise article
The Wildlife Waystation may move out my way–or to another location depending on who is open to it. The place has been under scrutiny for a while and it looks like LA is not not making it easy for them to stay in their current location.
Early in my career we used to visit the Waystation–then miles away from anybody. Martine had a different image then and I still remember her in boots, jeans, and a cowboy hat.
Animal sanctuaries and rescues face a difficult challenge because no matter what anyone does to educate people about how wild animals do not make good pets, people still ignore it. The same is true about wolf-dogs.
Simply, people believe what they want and don’t want to hear otherwise. Is it any wonder that most animal rescue facilities are bursting at the seams, struggling to make ends meet, and still finding many animals in the need of sanctuary.
It is too early to see what happens in this relocation. There already is a primate sanctuary in the Palm Springs area.
In my own backyard, the local park district declined the purchase of the land that the only zoo in San Bernardino County sits on. Now the lease runs out next year and the new location hoped for is tangled up in a web of bureaucratic red tape.
The developer who bought the land would do well to extend the lease–but I doubt it. The threat of euthanasia looms over all the animals that dwell in the Moonridge Zoo but whether or not it will happen still remains to be seen.