Once Upon A Shelter

Grand Traverser Insider column
By Linda Gottwald

wildlife rescue

This week, we are going to take a little side trip a few miles from Pine Cone farm to a very magical place. Deep in an emerald forest, dark and cooled by the shady embrace of mature hardwoods, lies a 130-acre sanctuary that is Leelanau Wildlife Rescue. This haven is home to David and Donna Prevo, certified wildlife rehabilitators and, every spring, a dozen or so frolicking fawns.

Here for the past six years, the Prevos have nurtured these spotted, spindly-legged orphans, investing thousands of dollars and hours of labor. They receive no financial help from government agencies, and aside from a volunteer vet, the Prevos do it pretty much all on their own.

The fawns are raised through the summer until their white spots fade into reddish-tan coats. Then one bittersweet day when fall nips the air, the sanctuary’s gates swing open and they are free to the forest. For the rest of the story click here.

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