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Troy, Alabama

66 Acres | March 13, 2008
Bequested by Dolores Hutter
Owned in Title

When Delores Hutter passed away in 2009, her last will and testament left her property to the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust as a wildlife sanctuary. When drafting her will, she had worked with the Wildlife Land Trust to assure that her bequest was appropriate for a permanent sanctuary and that all parties understood the restrictions that designation imposes. Today her dedication and compassion for wildlife live on through the establishment of the Hutter Wildlife Sanctuary.

As with all WLT sanctuaries, commercial and recreational hunting and trapping will always be prohibited there. There will be no destructive logging practices and the land will not be developed.

The Hutter Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Troy, Alabama, and it originally served as a wildlife rehabilitation center for animals in need of care. Now the property’s 65 acres of grasslands, woods, and five small streams are forever protected for free-ranging wildlife.  A variety of animals have called this land home for generations, including flying squirrels, grey squirrels, raccoons, skunks and white-tailed deer. Many species of birds occupy the area. Pileated woodpeckers are known to nest at the sanctuary along with great-horned owls, red-tailed hawks, finches, cardinals and many songbirds.

The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust holds the title to this sanctuary.  That means HSWLT is responsible for all property taxes and maintenance costs for the property -- every year, forever.  In addition periodic inspections are made to ensure that the wildlife habitat remains in good condition.  These inspections, and the handling of any damage or destruction, cost heavily in professional staff time and travel expenses.

HSWLT has promised to keep this property as a sanctuary forever -- and that promise will be kept.  If you can help with the cost of stewardship for this and the other properties HSWLT protects, please donate here.

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