NORTH VANCOUVER – Orphaned black bears from the Lower Mainland will have a new place to learn the survival skills they’ll need when they’re eventually released back into the wild, thanks to a $400,000 investment from the provincial government, Environment Minister Barry Penner announced today.
“Our government wants to give
orphaned black bear cubs a better chance of being successfully rehabilitated
before they are released from care,” said Penner. “The new facility will give
juvenile black bears a chance to develop their natural foraging and denning
skills. There’s a much better probability that they can become independent,
healthy wild bears on their own when given this opportunity.”
The new black bear
rehabilitation centre, located on
“Critter Care will be actively involved in the planning, implementation and ongoing activities of the project,” said Gail Martin, Critter Care founder and executive director. “All bears transferred from Critter Care will be carefully monitored to ensure successful release into the wild.”
Dr. Ken Macquisten, managing
director and veterinarian for the Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered
“This new centre will allow orphaned cubs to be kept in a wild state and released as wild creatures through an innovative, progressive program of minimal human contact and opportunities for their natural development,” said Macquisten.
“A major benefit of this centre is a better survival rate for orphaned bear cubs,” said Joan McIntyre, MLA for West Vancouver-Garibaldi. “However, the project will also provide the Ministry of Environment with the potential to increase understanding of the successful rehabilitation of black bears into the wild.”
The $400,000 provided by the provincial government will be held by the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation to be dispersed as funding requests are filed through the program’s implementation plan. A committee, including a Ministry staff expert, will oversee the implementation of the project.
“The issue of black bears
becoming habituated to human food on the
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The public is encouraged to report human-wildlife conflicts that threaten public safety or result in significant property damage, or to report dangerous wildlife spotted in urban areas by calling 1 877 952-7277. Information provided to emergency operators is used to identify and respond to high-risk conflicts that threaten public safety.
Ministry of Environment
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