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Orphaned Grizzly Bear Cubs Rescued In Canada

Orphaned Grizzly Bear Cubs Rescued In Canada

Three orphaned grizzly bears were rescued and transported safely to the Northern Lights Wildlife Society (NLWS) shelter in Smithers, British Columbia early last week.

The bears’ mother was killed when she charged a conservation officer checking bear traps in the area. The three rescued cubs join two other grizzlies rescued earlier this month.

Grizzly bears face increased threats ranging from habitat loss to conflict with humans,” said NLWS Director Angelika Langen. “We are thrilled to be able to rescue these five little bears and look forward to caring for them day and night until they are ready to go back to the wild.”

The endangered bear cubs will be treated to several months of rehabilitation before they are released back to the wild. The effort is part of a cooperative pilot project between the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), the B.C. Ministry of Environment and NLWS.

Since 2008, NLWS has rehabilitated four grizzly bears and released them back to the wild. The grizzlies are fitted with satellite collars that provide valuable geospatial data after release.

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4:47AM PST on Mar 5, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

5:19AM PST on Jan 19, 2013

BC needs to find a better way for work with bears like this.

2:15PM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

Conservation officers should have a non lethal method of defending themselves when checking bear traps. He could've used a tranqilizer gun on her. She only charged because she had babies with her and he got too close. Darting her then keeping an eye on her and the babies until she woke up would've been the humane way of dealing with this situation. That being said, I'm glad the babies were rescued and are being rehabilitated for release back into the wild.

10:53PM PDT on Oct 1, 2011

Another reason why people should just leave wild animals alone.

7:15PM PDT on Sep 30, 2011

It's too bad that mama charged and got shot, but she has no way of knowing he didn't want to harm her cubs. She is just reacting as any good mother would do if she thought her child(ren) was in danger.

10:30AM PDT on May 13, 2011

A hit and run incident left a mother Kermode bear (possibly better known as the "Spirit" Bear) dead at the side of the road, and her cub orphaned. Northern Lights rescued the cub. The story is probably still on their website. They are very careful to keep human contact to a minimum to be able to introduce them back into the wild. Check out their website, it's very interesting.

8:37AM PDT on May 12, 2011

It is time NOW to put a stop to the annual B.C. grizzly bear hunt (on right now). It is bad enough we must infringe on and destroy precious habitat, but must we put a quota on them too? And, now, inept conservation officers not prepared and having to shoot them too? There will be a day when these and all animals will only be seen in captivity. Let's wake up now. Look at the expense we go through to rehabilitate and care for injured or orphaned animals, and the trauma they experience is unimaginable.. Wouldn't it make more sense to leave them alone and protect them instead? Sure would save us a lot of trouble in the end.

5:17AM PDT on May 12, 2011

so cute

6:09PM PDT on May 9, 2011

You signed on November 27, 2010. for the petition and god bless awwww

9:17AM PDT on May 9, 2011

these stories are great but after caring and rehab, they go back into the wild and face the same fate their mothers do. we must stop killing and trapping bears in the first place

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