Where the Wild Things Are.
Steve Oliveri, the assistant superintendent of the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray, along with gamekeeper Howie Powell and their colleagues, care for more than eighty native animals that are unable to survive on their own in the wild for one reason or another, often because of injuries. The park was originally the State Game Farm, established in 1931 by the Maine Department of Fish and Game to raise ring-necked pheasants for hunting, but took its current name and form in 1998 under the renamed Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Staff and volunteers hope to instill in the park’s visitors an appreciation for wild animals at a time when many people, especially children, are disconnected from nature and the outdoors.
Maine Wildlife Park, Gray, Wildlife refuges
Ridley, Kim, "Where the Wild Things Are." (2013). Maine News Index - Down East Magazine. 4063.