What really happened to all the Animals from Wild Eyes Animal Adventures (AKA Ginger’s Pet Rescue)?

I found Gingers rescue 2010 tax form & I am actually quite shocked that the IRS is not all over her like flies on poop…

She states that in 2010 she “rescued” 1180 dogs, & the total dogs “rescued” since inception is 3760 dogs, but we know different don’t we?

In 2009 it was supposed to be 5512 dogs, so by 2010 it should’ve stated 6692 dogs… Is that all the money she has been pocketing?

She has also spent 156K buying… er… “rescuing” dogs in 2010. Her grand TOTAL for 2007, 2008, 2009, & 2010 is almost ONE MILLION DOLLARS, yes you heard me right! Is it possible EVERYONE else in “rescue” is doing it all wrong???

Here is the weird thing: She claims she had to refund 23K in rescue/adoption fees to people. Are there really that many dissatisfied doggie adopters out there? In total she claims almost 93K in other expenses but this time no vet fees…

Almost 3000 dogs she is suddenly now not claiming & yet her web page shows around 3500 dogs. So let’s do the math 3000 dogs X 600.00 = Holy SH*T!!! Time to forward all of this to the I.R.S.!

Moving on:

So I was reading my previous posting because I was trying to figure out what ever became of the animals that were being kept at Wild Eyes Animal Adventures. Going back to the story of Mr Craig from Rocky Mountain Sanctuary, it says

All of Lueck’s animals at the wildlife center, two bears, a mountain lion, a leopard and two tigers were malnourished, for instance.

This was in 2005 but in 2002 there are vastly more animals there, I found a site from a lady who I believe went there in 2002 & she has documented 14 animals

1 Bear: Maye 2 Porcupines: Junior & his mother 1 Bobcat: Freckles 1 Lynx: Logan 1 Tiger: Shakira 1 Raccoon: Rocky 1 Badger: Mr B 1 Lion: Daniel 3 Wolves: Dakota Apache, & Cheyenne 1 Cougar: Ginger 1 Leopard: Jade

1) So where did the extra Bear & Tiger come from?

2) What happened to the 2 Porcupines, the Bobcat, the Lynx, the Raccoon, the Badger, the Barbary Lion, & the 3 Wolves????

3) Did they starve to death as well?

4) AHA! Wait a minute! Remember when Ginger sent out the mass email slandering me, she said the Wild Eyes problem was because she was transporting a leopard across state lines & didn’t know she needed a license?

Subject: From Ginger ~ Cease & desist immediately
Date: Mon, 21 Jun 2010 01:27:11 -0700

Hi Everyone. I can not believe i am reading this email tonight I have excluded Brandia on this email. This truly needs to stop. Everything said is not true about many of us rescue people and especially about me.About Branidas accusations, ~ my families property and liens i do not know anything about that at all. Yes I own some properties~ but I also made a good living working hard and I am the owner of the Rickshaw Restaurant for over 34 years! About Montana, we saved a leopard and cross state lines and found out after it was illegal to do without properpermits but this was all settled out of court.Pima Vet School yes we take one or two dogs there twice a month if that. They ask us for dogs and i live only a mile away and the vet Carol Meyer and myself are good friends. I am happy to let you all know and can email you all my vet bills from Greenwood Animal Hospital. I have all my vet bills to show anyone who we are and what we do. I was told & warned by other rescue groups that Brandia had problems with drugs and alcohol. Three weeks ago, Brandia started posting very nasty things about me on Craigslist, flagging my postings down and posting her postings right after mine…..this was how I was able to catch her. This is wrong and needs to stop. I will be contacting my attorney Tom Wolfe to see what can be done about this. If any of you need help please let me know and i can include you as well. We should all be working together as a team to help save as many dogs as possible. Please let me know if I can help you in anyway or if you have any advice. Brandia needs serious help and lets pray she will get that very soon. Thanks so much for reading this ~ Ginger

5) We now know that the conviction was for starving, abusing & neglecting the animals, & for fraudulently acquiring them using forged documents.

6) Could it be that she told on herself? Did they sell those missing 10 animals? There is no documentation of them selling those animals & it would’ve been against the law for them to do so, since all they had was an “Exhibitor’s License”

7) Where did the the extra Bear & Tiger come from really?

8) Mr Craig also states Mr Lueck gave him some of his cats… so where did the rest of those other animals go?

I will put in a PRD request for the USDA to see what all actually happened, & a request to the state of Montana to see what info I can get from them.

Below are the pictures this woman took, please note is has her logo/branding on it, do not remove it if you are going to share it. Thank you for your consideration.

Photographing Animals at Wild Eyes Animal Adventures

I am picked up at the airport around 9:30 A.M. The truck has an 18-month-old grizzly named Maye in the back of it. Because of my late arrival I have missed the shoot with Maye and she is so adorably. In the afternoon we shoot a baby raccoon (Rocky) and lynx kitten (Logan). We used a fenced in pen with a lot of greenery and some tree stumps in it. The animals are placed on the tree stumps and we take pictures as they move around.

The next morning the sun is shining brightly and we take a mountain lion (Ginger) and a leopard (Jade) down to their fenced in compound. leopard016-a01.jpg (24358 bytes)What basically happens is the trainers play with the animals and we take pictures.   The animals are bribed with food to climb trees and sit on stumps. The trainers will crouch down a few hundred feet away from the animal and it will charge and leap onto the trainer and then smother him with kisses. I wish I were the one playing with them animals instead of taking their pictures. When the shoot is over we are allowed to pet the animals.   Jade licks my hand puts a paw on each of my shoulders and gives me what feels like a hug while she plays with my hair. I am in heaven.

Later in the afternoon we again shoot the baby lynx and we also shoot a baby bobcat (Freckles). The two look very similar but have different personalities even at this young age. Logan is very vocal and wants to be picked up and cuddled all the time.  This is true regardless of whether he is being photographed or not. If he is not asleep he or being held he is complaining about it. Freckles takes everything in stride and only makes a noise when she is hungry and wants to be feed.

We also get to play with a young Barbary lion (Daniel). I think they said he was 8 months old. In addition to the other babies they also have two wolf pups (Apache & Cheyenne) that I absolutely fall in love with. Whenever possible I climb into the pen and play with them. At first they were a little wary of me but by the time I left they would run over to the fence and beg me to come in every time I saw them.  Thinking of them still makes me feel like crying. I wish I could have smuggled them home somehow.

On day 3 we go back to the same compound with a 3 year old tiger (Shikara), a 13-month-old wolf (Dakota) and the wolf pups. It is basically a repeat of yesterday. Shikara absolutely loves juniper. Rod (the trainer) tells us it is like catnip to tigers. She rubs it all over herselfWolf016-c12.jpg (34266 bytes) and eats it. The trees are somewhat the worse for wear when she is finished with them but it makes for some wonderful photo opportunities.

After Shikara they get Dakota and the wolf pups. Before Dakota enters the compound I pet him. He stands on his hind legs puts one foot on each of my shoulders and proceeds to wash my face with his tongue just like a big friendly dog would do. I would be willing to come here just so I could play with the animals. Anyway, Dakota just loves playing with the puppies. He is so gentle with them. It is also obvious that the puppies love playing with Dakota. They go over and pester him every few minutes if he starts to ignore them. He also enjoys the freedom of the compound and races around it several times. He is really still a puppy himself and keeps trying to steal the jackets we have shed as the day warmed up. He also likes to pull on any equipment straps we have dangling from our bodies.

When we get back to the lodge I get to pet Shikara as they are unloading her. She rubs up against me and licks my hand. Later in the evening we get to shoot a badger, a porcupine, and the baby cats again. I don’t think I have ever really looked at a porcupine before. They are one of the cutest animals I have ever seen.

Porcupine016-a03.jpg (32331 bytes)During the past few days we have also been allowed to feed the babies. It is amazing how fast they can suck down a bottle of milk. I am not ready to go home yet. There is nothing really unusually about that. I rarely want to go home after a trip. I can’t believe how attached I have become to the wolf pups in 2 and a half days. Maybe it is because I have breed dogs before and theses little guys are so much like dog puppies right down to the puppy breath. Leaving them is going to be the hardest part of this trip.

When I came here I wasn’t sure how I felt about photographing captive animals. I would like to be able to take pictures like this in the wild but it just isn’t possible. The majority of close ups you see in magazines and calendars are taken of captive animals. Many animals are too shy to let people near. Getting too close to a fox or wolf den can stress the animals and cause them to move their den sites. This puts their babies at a higher risk for predation. Others are liable to kill you if you sneak in for a face shot. Admittedly, some pros can spend a lot of time getting a group of animals to trust them and can get close ups of them. Once the animals have learned that people are not a threat then hunters can also get close to them. There is a metro park near me where the deer have learned that people are not a danger and will come right up to you. Some will eat out of your hand. The powers that be have decided that the deer population in the park is too high and now each fall people go in and shoot these deer. Shooting deer that will eat out of your hand is very sporting to me.  While I like having the animals trust me I don’t want to make it easier for the hunters to kill them. The animals are better off if they keep their fear of man.

Bobcat. Lynx, and Raccoon Photographs at Wild Eyes Animal Adventures

I love baby any things.  They are so cute. Rocky, the baby raccoon, was just adorable.  He loved to be picked up and fed, but then what baby doesn’t.  He also enjoyed riding around on your shoulder.  The two kittens were cute also to but were still a little to young to really play with.  They could all put down a bottle of formula in record time.  It was amazing to watch them guzzle the stuff. (The wolf pups are on the wolf page.)  

Bobcat – Freckles

Lynx – Logan

Raccoon – Rocky

Badger Photographs at Wild Eyes Animal Adventures

Mr. B the badger was the nastiest animal we photographed.  Even the trainers didn’t touch him.  When it was time to put him back the caught him in a net.  All he really did was did and snarl and dig.  I don’t have one shot of him without teeth showing and not in a pleasant happy to see you way.  Well OK, sometimes his teeth aren’t showing because they are covers with dirt.

Cougar Photographs at Wild Eyes Animal Adventures

Ginger was the first large animal I got to photograph at Wild Eyes.  She is a beautiful 2 year old cougar.  The trainers bribe her with ground chicken to get her into position.  They also used a orange jug on a rope which she chased enthusiastically.  After the shoot I ask if I can pet her. The trainers say yes but Ginger doesn’t agree.  She growls at me as I approach.  The trainer thinks it is all my photo gear, so I shed my vest and all my other gear and give it another try.  This time Ginger has no objection.



Leopard Photographs at Wild Eyes Animal Adventures

I think that Jade was my favorite animal to photograph.  She was roughly 10 months old and just a beautiful animal.  The setting was also nice.  I like photographing near water so you can get some reflections in the shot.  Of course the fact that she wrapped her paws around my neck and gave me a hug when it was all over didn’t hurt any. 



Porcupine Photographs at Wild Eyes Animal Adventures

Porcupines are one of the cutest animals I have ever seen.  They look so fluffy and soft.  You just want to pick them up and cuddle them even though you know that doing so would be a very bad idea.  Junior is 2 years old and was born at Wild Eyes.  His mother had been shot and some hikers found her and brought her to Wild Eyes.  They soon discovered she was pregnant and Wild Eyes became the proud owners of two porcupines.



Tiger Photographs at Wild Eyes Animal Adventures

Shikara is a beautiful 2 year old Siberian Tiger.  She enjoys stalking and tackling her trainers.  After being tackled the trainers get lots of kisses.  It looks like fun.  Like the cougar, Shikara chases the orange jug on a rope and gets bribed with ground chicken to go to certain places in the enclosure.  She also just loves to rub herself in juniper.  The trainers says it is like catnip for tigers.  The bushes are a bit worse for wear when she is done with them.



Wolf Photographs at Wild Eyes Animal Adventures

What can I say, wolf puppies are the best.  The leopard may have been my favorite animal to photograph but the wolf puppies are my favorite animal.  They are so adorable and still have a little puppy breathe.  I can’t really explain why I like the smell of puppy breathe.  It really isn’t something I would want in a perfume but I just love it on puppies.  The wolf pups are kept in a pen outside the lodge.  At first they are a little unsure of me but once I climb in and play with them a little they decide I am OK.  After my first trip into the pen they run over to the fence every time they see me and beg me to come and play with them again.  Naturally I oblige.

When we take the wolf pups out to be photographed we also take along Dakota.  Dakota is a beautiful black 13 month old male wolf.  He loves playing with the puppies and trying to steal our jackets.



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Dr. Greg Markellis approaches with caution as 4-month-old lion cub Barbary, from Wild Eyes Animal Adventures in Columbia Falls, Mont., thinks of lunch. Daily Inter Lake photo by Robin Loznak via Associated Press February 2001

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