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They're the kind you would normally find in a zoo. 

"That's Apache! He's a goofball," Nanci Limbach said, as she pointed towards a Mexican wolf.

Limbach manages the Pauline S. Schneegas Wildlife Foundation near the town of Silt. It's named after her grandmother.

At the wildlife foundation, Limbach and her volunteers take care of animals with terrible pasts.

Some of the animals are mountain lions, bobcats, wolves, eagles and foxes.

Annie the mountain lion came to the wildlife sanctuary more than a dozen years ago. She was rescued from a man who owned her illegally and tried trading her for a Camero.

"Yeah, ha ha, I'm not sure why. Especially since he was on welfare," Limbach said. "So that seemed kind of dumb."

The two Mexican wolves at the wildlife center were owned by drug dealers in Mexico who tried training them as pets.

Nearby, the bobcat brothers Bobby and Robby were also owned illegally. They were rescued by Limbach and her team a few years ago.

In the birdhouse at the wildlife refuge, there's an owl that was found in the back of a vehicle in Wyoming. It was surrounded by meth.

"I don't know what they were doing with the owl, but it's just sad," Limbach said.

Mostly every animal on Limbach's property has a similar story.

She started the Pauline S. Schneegas Wildlife Foundation more than 30 years ago and has helped save more than 6,000 wild animals.

Limbach receives some money from the government to help care for the animals, as well as some grants, but it only covers a portion of the cost.

She receives some donations, but spends a lot of her own money to take care of the animals.

"I just love it," Limbach said.

Limbach's wildlife foundation is closed to the public.

If you'd like to learn more about it, head to the foundation's website: http://schneegaswildlifefoundation.org/

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