Orphaned Grizzly Cubs Released Into Wild
Last fall four grizzly cubs were orphaned, in separate accidents in the Bella Coola Valley of British Columbia. The orphaned cubs were sent to Northern Light Wildlife Society in Smithers, and rehabilitated over the past 7 months. This was part of a government-backed pilot project supporting the rehabilitation and release of orphaned grizzly bears. The International Fund for Animal Welfare is also involved with the project. This is the third release that the project is responsible for. The best place for grizzlies is in the wild.
The cubs were sedated, examined, and then the journey began. It was a 12 hour drive for the animals in the back of a truck to Bella Coola. Then the cubs were airlifted by helicopter and released at 2 different locations at Owikeno Lake.
The release was bittersweet for the workers at Northern Light Wildlife Society, but they are rooting for the bears. From the Times Colonist.