RENO, Nev. -- Volunteers from the Stead branch of Job Corps helped rejuvenate an area of the Animal Ark Wildlife Sanctuary. Their focus was on preserving juniper trees to give the resident mountain lion, Daniel, a shady place to spend hot summer afternoons.
"When there's activity above him, he pushes the dirt down which cuts off oxygen," said Bob Kelly of Robert Kelly Tree Care. "We're going to take these rocks that have the potential to fall, bring them down to the bottom, build a retaining wall to keep it all secure then we're going to put wood chips over the top to keep the moisture in the soil. It'll also give him a nice comfortable place to spend the afternoon."
The crew spent the entire day moving rocks and building a wall for the two-year-old lion.
Animal Ark is a non-profit sanctuary and education center located off the Red Rock exit of 395. Officials are getting ready to open for the season. Starting Easter weekend, you can see bears, wolves, coyotes and, of course, Daniel the mountain lion.