Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday! GivingTuesday–a global day for giving back–is today, December 2. Please consider making a difference in the lives of injured and orphaned wildlife by making a donation to LTWC today.

LTWC relies on donations from generous supporters like you to help us raise, rehabilitate and release injured birds and animals. Every donation makes a difference.

This year, the PayPal Giving Fund is matching 1% of all donations made through the portal below. Please follow the steps to donate to LTWC.

1. Visit

2. Type in “Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care” in the field asking for nonprofit name or keyword and press “search”

3. Select Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care to make a donation!

You can also make a donation by sending a check or money order to Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, 1485 Cherry Hills Cir, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, or by phone by calling us at 530-577-CARE (2273).

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Cinder heads home

On Friday, November 21, Dr. Kevin Willitts, the official volunteer veterinarian for Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, officially released Cinder from his medical care. On Sunday, she headed one step closer to home, via an 8-hour car ride to the Idaho Black Bear Rehabilitation Center, just outside Boise, where she will spend the rest of the winter.

Her enclosure at IBBR will be next to a first year bear cub for at least a short time, until they get to know each other. Over the next four months, her now-healed paws will have a chance to toughen up.

In the spring, Sally Maughan, founder of IBBR, will inform Washington wildlife bear specialist, Rich Beausoleil, when she is ready to go, then Rich will pick Cinder up and take her on her last car ride to release her in a suitable habitat where she will be free in the wild!

Click below to see a story on Cinder that CBS Evening News aired Sunday night.


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Owls taking flight on ABC 7 tonight!

ABC 7 KGO San Francisco will be airing a story on LTWC’s owls tonight on the 6pm News!

Not in the Bay Area? Check out the ABC website later tonight for the video!

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LTWC on ABC-7 News, KGO TV San Francisco tonight at 6pm

If you’re in the Bay Area, be sure to tune into ABC-7 News on KGO TV tonight at 6pm for a story on Cinder and the other bears in LTWC’s care.

Not in the area? Check out ABC-7′s website for the story tonight.

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Cinder on KOMO TV 4 in Seattle

Check out the great piece about Cinder that KOMO TV 4 Seattle aired last night!

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Looking for bear updates?

Welcome! As you may have heard, we have our hands full with bear cubs this year!

We have received many requests for updates on Cinder, the burned bear cub who was flown to LTWC from Washington. Cinder’s paws were badly burned. Her burn management includes changing her dressings every other day, and keeping her on pain medication for the time being. However, she is healing as expected!

We are currently developing a page just for updates on Cinder and the other bears in LTWC’s care. In the meantime, please visit our Facebook page for the most current updates (you can see updates even if you do not have a Facebook account):


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Join us at the LTWC Open House August 3!

Come join us during the Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care Open House!

When: August 3, 2014 from 10am  until 4pm.
Where: Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, 1485 Cherry Hills Circle, South Lake Tahoe.
What: during our annual Open House, LTWC opens its doors to the general public for tours. You will get to learn about our facility, see animals live on our exclusive closed circuit monitors (even the 9 bears!), and of course shop for goodies.

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about local wildlife and the work that LTWC does. We look forward to seeing you on August 3!

LTWC Open House

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Mystery of Unbearably Cute Cub Named Tahoe Solved

NBC News has posted a story with more information about our new little guest. Check out the full story here, and enjoy the BEAR League’s video of Tahoe, below.

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Bear Cub Video!

The video shows the little bear cub LTWC received last week chewing on a blanket and “chortling,” which is a noise bear cubs make when they are in a happy state.  Enjoy!

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5-lb Bear Cub Arrives at LTWC!

LTWC welcomed our newest guest last night — a 5.4-lb bear cub! This female cub is likely only about 10 weeks old, given her weight and overall physical condition. She is just beginning to walk (she doesn’t quite have the hang of it yet!).

So far, we have no details on this little cub’s story or where she came from. She was dropped off at the Bear League’s door yesterday with no note or additional information. Her condition is good overall, young age aside, and she is eating pretty well. Stay tuned for more details!

All photos courtesy of Dan Thrift.

5lb bear cub arrives at LTWC, April 15, 2014. Photo courtesy of Dan Thrift.

5lb bear cub arrives at LTWC, April 15, 2014. Photo courtesy of Dan Thrift.

5lb bear cub arrives at LTWC, April 15, 2014. Photo courtesy of Dan Thrift.

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