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About Gary Bogue

My name’s Gary Bogue. Animals have always been a big part of my life. From the spiders I collected as a preschooler, to the boa constrictor my parents gave me one Christmas when I was in high school, to the orphaned mountain lions, eagles, otters, hummingbirds, bears, and other wild creatures I helped raise and return to the wild when I was curator at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum. I got a crash course on domestic dogs, cats and dealing with feral felines after then-Oakland A’s manager Tony La Russa hired me to manage his Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) when it first got started. I also had to learn a whole lot about baseball — and very quickly.

Present Job

Daily newspaper columnist on pets, wildlife and environmental issues for Contra Costa Newspapers, Walnut Creek, CA, since January, 1970.

Past Jobs

Executive Director, Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF), Walnut Creek, CA. (1992-1993) A non-profit domestic pet welfare organization; Museum Curator, Lindsay Wildlife Museum, Walnut Creek, CA (1967-1979). Pioneered and developed one of the first wildlife rescue and rehabilitation facilities in the country. Hand-raised and rehabilitated the first and only native mountain lions to ever be successfully returned to the wild, plus over 330 species of wild birds, and most species of mammals and reptiles in the Western U.S.

Past Achievements

Founder and past president, International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council (professional organization of wildlife rehabilitators). Co-founder and past president, Western Interpreters Association (professional organization of interpretive naturalists, archeologists and historians for the 13 western states).


Published four books to date: “It’s a Wild Life,” (Lesher Communications Inc., 1988); “Isis,” (Lesher Communications Inc., 1989); “Raptor Rehabilitation, with Dave Garcelon, (Lindsay Wildlife Museum, textbook, 1972); “The Raccoon Next Door, Getting Along With Urban Wildlife,” (Heyday Books, 2003) Presently working on “My Backyard” series of children’s books with Heyday Books. First in the series, “There’s an Opossum in My Backyard,” due out in 2006.