A wildlife rehabilitation center in Duluth can no longer accept new animals after staffing changes caused an issue with its state permits.
Wildwoods Executive Director Jessica LaBumbard explains in a lengthy Facebook post that "unanticipated changes in staffing have temporarily affected our permit status with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources."
Until those issues are resolved, Wildwoods says it can no longer accept any sick, injured, or orphaned animals.
On social media and Wildwoods' website, LaBumbard stresses that this closure is only temporary. Over the next few months, the organization says it will take on new staff members, train with local and national experts, and work with the DNR to resolve the permit issues.
In the meantime, Wildwoods' animals have been transferred to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Roseville.
If you find a wild animal in need of help during Wildwoods' closure, the organization recommends you contact the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Wild and Free in Garrison, or the Raptor Center in St. Paul.
"We ask that you grant us the gift of time as we work through this period of transition and we also ask for the gift of your continued support," LaBumbard writes. "Your continued support is vital to our efforts to strengthen our organization during this time of temporary closure, and will help us to emerge stronger than ever."
Wildwoods got its start in 2006 when its founders found an injured bird. They brought the animal to a vet who referred them to a local wildlife rehabilitator. That experience inspired them to open their own rehabilitation center.
The first year, they took in 40 animals. In 2016, Wildwoods admitted over 1,250.