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Media Accounts of Back To The Wild


National Recognition of Back To The Wild


Back To The Wild in the running for CNN Hero of the Year

The Cable News Network (CNN) has included Mona Rutger as one of the top 15 HEROES of 2013.


2006 Hero of the Year award from Animal Planet

This Animal Planet Press Release describes the competition select process and the announcement of Mona as Hero of the Year.

Several area newspapers printed articles about Mona becoming the first Hero of the Year.

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Media Coverage of Back To The Wild


Feb 22, 2014
Great Horned Owl before release

Injured Great Horned Owl gets lucky with stay at Mona Rutger's Back to the Wild
Mona Rutger never gives a cute name to any of the wild creatures arriving on her doorstep, although a great horned owl she released this week certainly earned the nickname "Lucky."
The big, brown-feathered bird was lucky my hunting dogs, Dezzie and Bluebelle, and I were out a couple of months ago on Jeff Adams' well-groomed dog training grounds along the Little Portage River. Read more in the Plain Dealer Article.


Feb 22, 2014

A lack of free rodents could be a budget buster for Back to the Wild
A lack of free rats and mice could be a budget buster for the Back to the Wild rehabilitation center and many others just like it around the Midwest.
The rodents so important in feeding injured raptors -- including eagles, owls and hawks - have been donated to Back to the Wild by Charles River Laboratories in Portage, Mich. The pharmacology services company is getting out of the business of animal testing, laying off 84 workers and shutting down its plant. Read more in the Plain Dealer Article.


May 24, 2009
This Sandusky Register article is about the rescue of two eaglets from a nest blown down from a tree on NASA Plum Brook property. This story shows how Back To The Wild works with local vets to enable proper wildlife rehabilitation.
Article reproduced here courtesy of the Sandusky Register.


Feb 04, 2008
This Mascot is one sharp bird story is about Mona bringing a Golden Eagle to the Kent State University events. This story shows yet another way Back To The Wild educates the public about wildlife rehabilitation.
Linked article courtesy of the Akron Beacon Journal.


This More than a mascot story is about Kent State University's quest for a golden eagle, which ends with a blind, rescued bird. A collision with a truck in California left a wild golden eagle severely injured and without a mate. Now, she has a home near Sandusky and is Kent State's new live mascot, "Flash." Flash made her first courtside appearance at the men's basketball game against the University of Akron January 23, 2008.

This story also shows yet another way Back To The Wild educates the public about wildlife rehabilitation.
This article is reprinted courtesy of the Daily Kent Stater.


Release of a Bald Eagle in August 2007
Reprinted courtesy of the Morning Journal in Lorain.


Recovery of an injured Great Horned Owl in September 2005 that was brought into a local hospital.
Reprinted courtesy of the Morning Journal in Lorain.


Rescue and release of a Great Blue Heron in October/November 2006
Coverage in the Fremont News-Messenger.



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