The founder of the Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary, near McCall, died Nov. 13 after a long battle with cancer.
The McCall Star-News reports that 65-year-old Linda DeEulis founded the sanctuary on 35 acres of isolated land in 1989, providing a home for countless injured and orphaned animals. DeEulis worked without pay for the nonprofit organization.
In 1989, the first animal to be rehabilitated at Snowdon was a badger, according to the Star-News. Since then, eagles, osprey, kestrels, owls, hawks, ducks and swans were also nurtured at the refuge. Wolves, foxes, skunks, raccoons and squirrels have also called Snowdon home.
Earlier this year, Boo Boo the bear cub was brought to Snowdon after being rescued from the Mustang Complex Fire. The 4-month-old cub garnered national attention as he was treated for severe burns to his paws.
The Star-News reports that DeEulis was diagnosed with colon cancer four and a half years ago, and the cancer spread to her lungs and brain.
Operations at Snowdon will be managed by two interns this winter and board members told the Star-News that a search for a new director will begin in the spring of 2013.