Animals displaced in wildlife rehabilitation center move

Feb 26, 2024, 6:41 PM | Updated: Feb 27, 2024, 6:49 am

PRICE — As the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah is preparing to move animals out of its current building, two smaller nonprofits are scrambling to help.

One of those nonprofits is the Second Chance Wildlife Rehabilitation in Price. It’s a small organization with just a few volunteers. It is also run in the back of Debbie Pappas’ home, who also serves as the director.

“We’re in rural Utah and it’s hard for us to get people to come and help us here,” Pappas said.

But right now, the organization is having to step up and help. The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah is being forced to find a new building as Ogden city officials make plans for an expansion of the dinosaur park next door. It’s new temporary home won’t be ready until sometime this spring.

Ogden’s dinosaur park to expand, creating challenges for other nearby organizations

It’s a change that Pappas doesn’t really understand. But she says she needs to help even though she’s already full.

Pappas and another smaller rehabilitation center in Mapleton are making room for the animals. They are the only ones licensed in the state to help.

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources doesn’t do this kind of help, and Pappas said it’s hard to find local help.

Volunteers from Colorado built enclosures to help with the move. An organization from New York built a hawk enclosure to help with the extra burden. (Mike Anderson, KSL TV)

However, she is receiving assistance from people outside the state.

Pappas said volunteers from Colorado built enclosures to help with the move. An organization from New York built a hawk enclosure to help with the extra burden.

Over the weekend, Pappas took in seven birds from the Ogden center. In all, Pappas is now taking care of about 30 animals. However, she is worried about the ones that will need help soon as the new Ogden center isn’t quite ready to open.

“People calling and finding out, ‘Oh, you’re in Price, I’m not driving that far,'” she said.

Pappas said some animals will be left to die. Or, people may try to help on their own, which doesn’t help the animals and is illegal.

It’s tough work that never really stops.

“People think why do you do this?” she said. “And it’s like we love this work. It’s for the wildlife. But it’s just very, very, very difficult.”

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

three firefighters stand in the demolished remains of what was a house...

Lauren Steinbrecher

Holladay neighbors assess damage, begin cleanup after dynamite detonation

Neighbors in Holladay are figuring out what it’ll take to clean up and who’s paying for the damage, after a massive home explosion with planned dynamite detonation

6 hours ago

You’ve likely noticed a growing number of businesses that have gone completely cashless. When it ...

Matt Gephardt

Businesses are passing their credit card fees onto customers, what can you do?

You’ve likely noticed a growing number of businesses that have gone completely cashless. When it comes time to pay, it’ll involve a tap, swipe or maybe a click on an app. It's a phenomenon that is contributing to the price we pay for goods and services.

7 hours ago

Juan Diego Catholic High Principal Galey Colosimo speaks to the Utah High School Activities Associa...

Amy Donaldson, KSL Podcasts

Big changes proposed for Utah high school sports involving local, international students

Some massive changes could be coming to high school sports in Utah.

7 hours ago

$20 bills...

Larry D. Curtis

Ring customers getting millions sent after suit by FTC

The Federal Trade Commission is sending millions of dollars to people who had an account with Ring, a home security camera company, through PayPal.

8 hours ago

A yellow plastic police line, blocking off a scene, and showing a blurred police car in the backgro...

Pat Reavy, KSL.com

Cause of Parowan teacher’s death ‘undetermined’

A recently completed report by the Utah State Medical Examiner's Office could not come up with a conclusive manner of death for a Parowan teacher who died in December.

9 hours ago

a destroyed home...

Lindsay Aerts

Only chimney remains after Utah house containing old dynamite, detonated in Holladay

A chimney and the smell of smoke was all that remained of a home in Holladay Wednesday after a significant amount of old dynamite was discovered inside.

10 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Women hold card for scanning key card to access Photocopier Security system concept...

Les Olson

Why Printer Security Should Be Top of Mind for Your Business

Connected printers have vulnerable endpoints that are an easy target for cyber thieves. Protect your business with these tips.

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Animals displaced in wildlife rehabilitation center move