Spring is when bear cubs leave their den with their mother. Unfortunately it is also the time of the year when many young cubs are orphaned. Two projects supported by GreaterGood.org seek to rescue these orphaned cubs, raise them to maturity, and release them into the wild.
In Canada, many bears are injured or killed when crossing roads or cubs are orphaned by poachers or natural disasters.
The Northern Lights Wildlife Society provides a safe haven for injured and orphaned bear cubs like Tony (pictured right). After being raised at the Society's facility in British Columbia, the bears are released in a manner that minimizes their future contact with humans. Tracking their bears via radio collar and GPS to make sure they are successful in their new lives, NLWS works to create sustainable rehabilitation standards for bears.
In Russia, many bears are orphaned by the country's tradition of a winter bear hunt. Working with the International Fund for Animal Welfare, Professor Valentin Pazhetnov provides care and safe reintroduction into the wild at the Orphan Bear Rescue Center.
IFAW also works to motivate the public to prevent cruelty to animals and to promote animal welfare by supporting conservation policies that advance the well-being of animals and people.
To learn more about the Northern Lights Wildlife Society and their work with bears, please click here
. To learn more about IFAW and the Orphan Bear Rescue Center, please click here