Earthfire Stories

From our wildlife ambassadors to rehabilitation patients and local wildlife, these posts tell the stories of animals that call Earthfire Institute home.

An egg starting to hatch

The Mysterious Egg

The early morning silence in the vast sagebrush field was profound. Meditative. The dense fog lent a quality of mystery. The world was still. Out of the mist came the call of a raven in the nearby woods and suddenly, the air itself was filled with a sense of life

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Grizzly bear laying on his stomach in the snow

Ramble the Grizzly vs. 10 Heads of Lettuce

Ramble the bear had a stomach ache, and it was a sad thing to see. There he was: lying on his stomach, front paws down along his side, bottom of his pads turned up to the sky, chin flat on the ground, and large round bottom high in the air,

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White German Shepherd Dog in the snow

Led Astray by a Bounding Snow Dog

An odd movement just outside the office window caught the corner of my eye. What was that? I turned to look and saw a column of steam rising as if a whistling tea kettle was coming to a boil. What could be burning outside in the snow? I stood up

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Woman feeds an orphaned vole with a syringe

A Vole, A Bear, and a Berry Pie

The Vole It’s true that we serve bears, wolves, and other large, dramatic animals that capture our imagination. But from an ethical perspective, Life is owed a deep respect regardless of size because anything with the breath of life is an absolute miracle. Even from a practical perspective, size doesn’t

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Woman holding a baby rabbit

Baby Rabbit Rescue: A Will to Live

On June 27th, a weeks-old baby mountain cottontail was hit by a car on a road in Rexburg, Idaho, and badly injured. A caring young woman saw him, picked him up, and called Earthfire. Hearing of the extent of his injuries, we recommended that she take him to our local

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An egg starting to hatch

The Mysterious Egg

The early morning silence in the vast sagebrush field was profound. Meditative. The dense fog lent a quality of mystery. The world was still. Out of the mist came the call of a raven in the nearby woods and suddenly, the air itself was filled with a sense of life

Read More
Grizzly bear laying on his stomach in the snow

Ramble the Grizzly vs. 10 Heads of Lettuce

Ramble the bear had a stomach ache, and it was a sad thing to see. There he was: lying on his stomach, front paws down along his side, bottom of his pads turned up to the sky, chin flat on the ground, and large round bottom high in the air,

Read More
White German Shepherd Dog in the snow

Led Astray by a Bounding Snow Dog

An odd movement just outside the office window caught the corner of my eye. What was that? I turned to look and saw a column of steam rising as if a whistling tea kettle was coming to a boil. What could be burning outside in the snow? I stood up

Read More
Woman feeds an orphaned vole with a syringe

A Vole, A Bear, and a Berry Pie

The Vole It’s true that we serve bears, wolves, and other large, dramatic animals that capture our imagination. But from an ethical perspective, Life is owed a deep respect regardless of size because anything with the breath of life is an absolute miracle. Even from a practical perspective, size doesn’t

Read More
Woman holding a baby rabbit

Baby Rabbit Rescue: A Will to Live

On June 27th, a weeks-old baby mountain cottontail was hit by a car on a road in Rexburg, Idaho, and badly injured. A caring young woman saw him, picked him up, and called Earthfire. Hearing of the extent of his injuries, we recommended that she take him to our local

Read More

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