Two orphaned bear cubs lives are in jeopardy because while they were looking for food, they happened upon a free garbage bin meal in North Vancouver. While bear sighting’s are a regular occurrence there, leaving unsecured attractants exacerbates the situation, one where the wildlife always loses out.
In the case of these two North Vancouver cubs, they experienced the ordeal of witnessing their mother’s death while they scurried up a tree. Luckily, these cubs were rescued and found their way to Critter Care Wildlife Society in May 2018.
Both of them bawled for days and suffered severe stress and uncertainty as they mourned the loss of their mother, who was gone forever. You could hear them from all corners of the property.
Eventually, though cautiously at first, they began to leave the den and explore their new surroundings. They were named Seymour, and River, after the North Vancouver area. Two fully-trained, full-time staff are required to care for these cubs, and human contact is kept to a minimum.
In September, our cubs were introduced to a new orphan, a female named Cedar. She came to us from Squamish, when her mother met with a fatal accident. Cedar immediately bonded with Seymour, and now follows him around close to his side. These three will winter with us, and remain until the Spring when they are old enough and strong enough to have another chance in the wild.
What We Do
At Critter Care Wildlife, we ensure that all of our animals are not only transitioned through a series of age-appropriate enclosures, but also have a fulfilling environment mainly based on their Natural History. All of our animals receive large portions of natural feeds including skunk cabbage for our bears in the spring and lots of leafy greens to restart their digestive systems after a long winter’s hibernation. Enrichment also includes anything from logs to climb, honeycomb to discover, or berries on bushes, and even natural materials needed so they can build and prepare their dens for the winter.
Every day in British Columbia, our wildlife is out there fighting for their lives. If it’s not the urban sprawl encroaching on their homes, or the threat of wildfires wreaking havoc, it’s trying to find food while avoiding humans that poses an increasing challenge for them.
Rehabilitation organizations like Critter Care Wildlife are our wildlife’s only chance when they get into trouble. When our BC native mammals are injured or orphaned, Critter Care is there to help. While raising and caring for these beautiful animals is costly, we treasure the opportunity and take the task very seriously.
How You Can Help
However, we need your help! We need to provide a full year’s care for these three cubs and do not receive government financial support. When you consider the wildfires in British Columbia during this past year, how many bears and cubs will survive the fires? Will they have enough food this Fall? We don’t have an accounting of how many bears we have in British Columbia, and if you consider the potential losses, we believe that River, Seymour and Cedar’s lives are even more important than ever.
We ask you to consider that if you value your grandchildren’s heritage, our legacy, you will want to ensure that these animals are here for generations to come. If you find it in your hearts to help us raise Seymour, River, and Cedar, please donate so we can continue to provide the best food, medicine, care, and enrichment so they can be released with a real chance at a second life next year.
We don’t know what this fire season will ultimately cost in decreased numbers, but we do have three cubs that have a chance – if you help. By donating to the Sponsor a Bear Cub fund, you get to tell your children and grandchildren that you made a difference. Let them know that every life matters and every being deserves a second chance.
Our Goal is to raise $50,000 for the care of these three cubs.
One Time $20
To pay for den box bedding
(changed on a regular basis)
One Time $85
Will feed and take care of one bear for one day.
One Time $170
Will feed and take care of both River and Seymour for one day!
You will receive a sponsorship certificate as a thank you.