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.
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): https://www.facebook.com/laketahoewildlifecare
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 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!
LTWC received a message from the US Forest Service that their video highlighting Chips the Baby Bobcat is now the most popular Forest Service YouTube video ever, with nearly 210,000 views as of this writing.
Chips was just four weeks old when she was rescued by a firefighter during the Chips fire in August 2012. LTWC rehabilitated the cub and released her successfully back into the wild in April 2013.
You can check the heartwarming video out for yourself below.