are pleased to share this story from an IBBR volunteer about a rescued and
released bear cub
particular cub was pretty special. The little guy was only 23 pounds and
should have been at the least twice that size.
Cinnamon in color with ears, nose and ankles darker brown, he really was
And, he was really a mess. He had been out on his own for a several weeks.
Rich (WA Fish & Game Officer) had been given some of John Paul Pet Wipes
to try for his dog, he purposely brought them along to use on the cub with
The IBBR (ID
Black Bear Rehab) Boise Idaho is a nonprofit organization that cares for
orphaned and abandoned bear cubs. These cubs would never survive alone
through the first winter without their mothers. Fish and Game Departments
in different states determine if cubs are to be transferred to the IBBR for
The goal is to release cubs the next spring or summer to live back in the
wild where they belong and desire to be.
In a recent year the IBBR had 53 cubs sent to them from Idaho and several
surrounding states. The young bears did not have to contend with fires and
years of droughts which had led to poor food sources.
Bears are released back into the state they came from and stay up in the
mountains where they should. The mission is to keep them wild. Humanizing
them leads to failure in the wild.
The IBBR has a great reputation worldwide for their success rate with bears
from a rehab not becoming nuisance bears.
Rich had to sedate
the cub to transfer him into our cage. Sometimes we don't have to sedate
bears, and prefer not to, but had no choice in this case. Rich took the
opportunity to clean up this cub while he was sedated.
We laid the cub
on the tail gate and then proceeded to gently clean the cub with John Paul
Pet Full Body & Paw Wipes. Rich loves what he does and it shows.
This was going above and beyond the job description, but didn't surprise
Dirty paws big time.
After John Paul
Pet Body & Paw Wipes ...
Wow, that's a clean bear paw
John Paul Pet
Products used on a bear!
Now that's a soft and clean smelling cub.
One more last
feel of the sweetest smelling and softest bear ever to come to IBBR. Bears
are not usually sweet smelling, trust me.
This will be the last human contact he has until he is sedated for his return
trip to Washington State for his release.
The last WA bear
was 10 pounds when we picked him up, still bottle feeding and was 190 pounds
on return for release. This cub will wake up soon to his own picnic for his
trip to IBBR. We named him Wasaka which is Native American and means strong.
He thrived and was released.
Terri, Rich and
By the way, Rich loves his dog too. His dog is part of his life and
job. It's an officially trained Karelian Cougar/Bear dog that joins in on
Thank you Terri
and Rich, for your compassion and for all the good work that you do. -
Bear Rehab Inc. (IBBR)
6097 Arney Lane
Garden City, Idaho 83714
Since 1989, IBBR
has accepted cubs from Washington, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming, California, Nevada,
make a donation: http://www.bearrehab.org/funding.html
IBBR is a
not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization
"When the last individual of a race of living things breathes no more,
another heaven and another earth must pass until such a one can be seen
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