It’s not often that a cat or dog gets in your home, but that’s exactly what happened to the little critters in Murphy bed, a natural resources property owned by the National Park Service.
The property is surrounded by wildlife, but is also home to a few rare, endangered species of animals.
Murphy bed is surrounded on all sides by a 1,200-acre protected wildlife preserve.
According to a National Park spokesperson, the park was forced to remove the animals because of a recent change in the law in Washington state.
“It’s not just the animals that are going to be affected, but also the people,” park spokesperson Stephanie McCarty said in an email to HuffPost.
“In the past, people have been allowed to bring animals into the park, but they have been limited to bringing them inside the preserve, which is prohibited in the park.
That means people are no longer able to bring their animals into these areas.”
“This is really a sad situation, because this was a part of a national park and it was a very good place to live,” Murphy bed resident Stephanie Breslin told The Huffington, adding that she has been saving money to send to her family since her dogs were moved from their home.
Breslin said she has also donated funds to the nonprofit shelter where the animals live and the local animal shelter.
The animals’ sanctuary is located in the middle of a wilderness area called the “Wilderness Reservation,” which was developed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service in the early 20th century to provide a safe, ecologically sustainable place for wildlife to live and work.
As the wildlife preserve expands, the land will likely expand too, according to McCarty.
She said that the reserve will likely have more wildlife than it has space for.
“We know that some areas have wildlife populations that are so large that they may not be able to accommodate them,” she said.
A new refuge area is scheduled to open in the fall of 2019.
There is a long history of animal control on Murphy bed.
In the late 1800s, animal control officers were sent to the property to protect the animals.
In 1903, a fire burned down the preserve and killed at least two of the animals, McCarty explained.
Since then, animals have been moved from Murphy bed to other areas of the park to create a new habitat for the animals and to allow for better habitat for other species, McCarty said.
In 2014, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) lobbied the federal government to create an animal refuge in Murphy, and the USFS granted the NWF a permit to begin building a new refuge, which will take years to complete.
Today, Murphy bed is home to two endangered species, the endangered golden eagle and the threatened golden grouse.
It is also known as the Wild Turkey Ranch and was once home to the endangered brown-tailed deer, which has become extinct due to hunting.