Grizzly Cubs Released into the wild

On Friday May 23th the Public Library featured a new Grizzly Bear Outreach Program. The Library was packed when the Smithers based Northern Lights Wildlife Society (NLWS) and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) representatives introduced their Grizzly Bear Rehabilitation Project.This is a pilot project that promises a significant solution to problems around orphaned grizzly bears. The NLWS and IFAW are working with the British Columbia Ministry of Environment to create standards and protocols for grizzly bear rehabilitation. The IFAW and NLWS presentation is a part of the work that needs to be done in order to prove this outreach program to be feasible. Input from the residents plays an important role in the success of the rehabilitation project. The residents of Tumbler Ridge were chosen for their familiarity with the grizzly bear incident last summer and the natural closeness to the habitat of Black and Grizzly Bear.The other two communities were Dawson Creek and Prince George.Last year Monkman Park Attendant Dan Cassan reported two grizzly bear cubs roaming in the area with no sign of their mother. After observation and much effort only one of the cubs was captured and brought to the NLWS Wildlife Shelter of Peter and Angelika Langen near Smithers. It was June 26th 2007 when the NLWS received this first orphaned grizzly bear. Underweight but healthy female cub was given the name Suzy. On November 11th 2007 the NLWS received the second grizzly bear, Johnny, who was entered into the program after his mother was killed on a highway near Prince George.