mike-a, is Native American for "wise or knowing raccoon”)
He arrived in January 2015. Mika was found in the fall as a juvenile lingering
around a warehouse trying to find food from people. He was taken to
Mercer County Wildlife Center in November 2014. After an initial evaluation by
rehabilitation staff it was determined that he was habituated and could not be
released into the wild. We assume that someone raised him and then he
either escaped or was mistakenly released. Mika is very friendly towards people
and a very curious and playful raccoon.
Sassafras, white-tailed deer.
In 2003, she was found walking along a road in a nearby township wearing a collar and leash. The first white-tailed deer to become a permanent resident of the Refuge was named "Sassafras” by our founder, Betty Woodford. This gentle deer is her namesake.
Bucky, white-tailed deer.
He was brought to us in June of 2018,
after he had been raised in someone’s home for multiple weeks. Sadly, this is
the case with many fawns. If you find a wild animal that you believe is
orphaned, please contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator immediately. After
arriving at Cedar Run, Bucky was raised with the other orphaned fawns in our
care. He spent 3 months living with the other fawns without any physical or
visual contact with humans. Unfortunately, as we assessed the fawns for
release, it was clear that Bucky was permanently habituated to humans.
Mike & Ike, Eastern gray squirrels.
They were born in spring 2017 and arrived November 2017. They
are littermates and are imprinted on humans, which means they are used to
people and would not survive in the wild. They are curious and playful. Mike is
the one with the small "notch” in his left ear.
Phoebe Muffay, striped skunk.
She was brought to us when her living
situation in a home was not working out. Phoebe was born at a skunk breeding
facility in May 2018, and had her scent glands removed prior to arriving at
Cedar Run. She will now spend the rest of her life with us as an ambassador for
her species, educating countless children and adults! Cedar Run does not encourage
or promote the breeding or use of skunks as house pets.