Wild animal trainer Pat derby, whose exotic menagerie was nudged out of the Santa Ynez Valley by people-pressure and into what was supposed to be a temporary home on the Nipomo Mesa, thinks she may have found a permanent home after all. Since March, when Ms. Derby was told to move her brood from a compound in the Santa Ynez Valley by Santa Barbara County officials, she has had the more than a dozen animals in quarters on the Mesa leased from Mr. and Mrs Earl Laursen. The animals include four bears, four wolves, a Siberian tiger, a cougar, several leopards, a raccoon and Neena, a performing elephant.
More about Pat Derby on my blog.
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