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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