Cougar Cubs Find a Home in Sandstone
The Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone is welcoming a few new residents. Three cougar cubs are being taken care of at the Sandstone facility after a bow hunter in the state of Wyoming wandered near their den and shot the mother in self defense.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department sent five cubs to Minnesota and three were sent to Sandstone.
Tammy Quist-Thies, Director of the Wildcat Sanctuary, says the cubs are doing well.
The other two cougar cubs are being held at The Wildlife Science Center near Forest Lake. Quist-Thies says even though the cubs are on the mends, losing their mother will slow their maturation process.
The Wildcat Sanctuary takes in injured or neglected wild animals, but none of the animals are allowed back into the wild, so the Sanctuary develops natural habitats for its nearly 100 cats. The rescue group relies solely on donations to operate.
Quist-Thies talks about the work of the Sanctuary:
The Sanctuary held one of its quarterly fundraisers this weekend. Quist-Thies does not yet have the final numbers for how much was raised, but said the goal was to raise $30,000 total. She does report the silent auction brought in close to $13,000. The money goes to habitats, case structures and medical care.