Eau Claire (WQOW) -- A local woman is doing what she can to help wild animals get back on their feet and eventually back into the wild.
Elise Bauer runs the Chippewa Valley Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, and she takes in animals people have found that are abandoned or injured. Bauer told News 18 her facility mostly takes in small mammals. Right now, she has several squirrels and raccoons, she even has a coyote pup who's about a month old.
During rehabilitation, Bauer feeds the wildlife, raises them with their own species and gets them ready to either transport to another facility, or she releases them herself.
The coyote pup has drawn a lot of attention to Bauer's facility, as it's an animal often times associated with causing trouble, but Bauer says the fact that the pup was even brought to her, shows how compassionate the community can be, and is a driving force of why she does what she does.
"It's the passion. I've always enjoyed wild animals, I've always cared for wild animals," said Bauer. "Growing up, I was very outdoors, did family trips, we had a cabin and did a lot of outdoor activities, and event hunted and event fished, so I always had that passion for animals."
Bauer also said the ultimate goal of wildlife rehabilitation is releasing the animal back into the wild, so she is working with Pine View Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Center to take the coyote pup because they are known for their coyote rescue and successful releases. She said she wants the very best for any animal she takes in.
Bauer also told News 18 that Chippewa Valley Rehabilitation does not get paid from the state or the DNR to care for the animals, so it's primarily funded by donations.
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