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New Black Bear Enclosure needed

With a record number of 25 cubs Double of our usual intake at this time of year) in care space is at a premium at NLWS.  Do to some aging enclosures we only have room for a maximum of 30 Black Bears and with an average admittance of 20 bears in the fall month (September, October, November)  we are facing the very real threat of turning bears in need away.  The solution is a new enclosure and the repair of the existing enclosures to once again allow full use.  In order to meet the financial requirements to turn these plans into reality a couple of Fundraisers are coming up.  On August 10th,  John Marriott will feature NLWS  in his Exposed Series and combine it with some incredible prizes to be won by those that donate towards NLWS.

Two more cubs arrive at NLWS

Two cubs, that lost their mother in a motor vehicle accident near Castlegar, are the newest guests at NLWS. The two sisters have settled in well and will be in quarantine for a few weeks before joining the other cubs.  Names will be chosen on September 11th on our Facebook page if you want to participate. www.facebook.com/Northern-Lights-Wildlife-Society-237969809621081/

Nicole's Blog 1 (NLWS Volunteer)

I had thought thirty six bears would make a lot of noise. But except for the odd soft moan the cubs are pretty quiet. A few of them sit in trees, a couple more are chasing each other around like kids in a game of tag, and one sits comfortably propped up against the chain link fence that separates these orphaned bear cubs from freedom. If it weren’t for the fence and the generosity of so many people and businesses, chances of survival would be very slim for these bears and the hundreds of animals who have already been rehabilitated and released back into the wild by Northern Lights Wildlife Shelter in Smithers, B.C. 

My head is spinning with new impressions and information: how to clean the quarantine cages, where to put the feed buckets after cleaning them, what animals get how much of which food. “To cut up a deer bucket” is volunteer speak for chopping fruit and veggies for the deer fawns who also get a second chance here. One of the fawns currently in care owes her life to a farm…