The Tumbler Ridge community has been following the story of two grizzly bear cubs orphaned in 2007. Suzy was brought to the Northern Light Wildlife Society (NLWS) on June 26, 2007 and Johnny joined her on November 11th, 2007 after his mother was killed on the highway outside of Prince George.
In July of 2008 the two cubs, Suzy and Johnny were released back into the wild after on-going rehabilitation from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the Northern Light Wildlife Society (NLWS).
Between the months of September to November of 2008 the collars on the bears began to fail and eventually stopped signals altogether. Aerial surveys have been used to monitor the bears as well as sighting from hikers or hunters. The bears, now approximately 2 to 2½ years old are believed to have wintered well.
Angelika Langen, director with Northern Light Wildlife Society, and who worked on the rehabilitation project states, ?No news is good news?, and is hoping with the upcoming hunting season that people will see the bears and hopefully give the NLWS any news that they can. The bears will be easy to spot as they are both still wearing their *GPS collars. Any information would be valuable as the society would like to know if the bears are hibernating and surviving okay.
Two new grizzly bear cubs have since joined the rehabilitation project and have been released. Espen and Koda, siblings, were orphaned last summer and were since released early in July of 2009, with a team of researchers collecting data. The collars on these two cubs have been working normally and show both Espen and Koda managing fine in the wild and are avoiding areas where humans may be.
The story of the bears can be read online at www.tumblerridgenews.com Please click on archives and type in Suzy and Johnny. *Note: The collars are expected to fall off in September, 2009 as noted in the June 4/08 story.
International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) 1 Nicholas Street Suite 612 Ottawa ON K1N 7B7
Northern Lights Wildlife Society
17366 Telkwa High Road Smithers, BC V0J 2N7 (250) 847-5101