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See that Meeks, Truckee and Heavenly are gone. Hope they enjoy their freedom of being wild and free. Thank you everyone.
Yes – they were all released today. Heavenly in one area & the other 2 in a different location. Should be updates as the day progresses! They were getting restless- time for them to go out on their own! No rest for LTWC this year with bears with our new arrival a week ago!
I am going to miss them but happy they were able to come here and get fat and healthy before they got set free. They must be so happy living the free life again.
One cub curled up and sleeping soundly on the high shelf. Lots of poop on the ground. Wild and free soon, kids!
Wow! A weird movie-length film before finding bears! Strange sunshine effect in the play room, one cub by the red ball, two up on the shelf. Dozing. Shhhhh!
Cameras are off air have been all day. Had been enjoying seeing the 3 bears getting closer to each other . Has been nice to see. Looking forward to seeing more before they are gone.
Okay, okay, stupid system. Jumping thru your hoops for the third time. This comment no longer inspired. I’ve been watching two round cubs really enjoying eating . . . melon? some critter? Hard to tell. Now two on the high shelf and one walking around doing his bear business. Sunshine slanting in. Happy spring, ositos!
Ok I can see the bears again here, thank you so much. Much easier here.
I can see the webcams on my I pad again also YAY! I’ll keep my eye on that door now & make sure it gets opened- Ha Ha!
Webcams a black screen again- DARN! That didn’t last long!
9:00 p.m. – Yea! Someone “finally” raised the door.
Poor Heavenly Cub seems to be locked up in the playroom with the snow covering everything. Did someone forget to raise the door maybe?
Well hope that Lebec has a good life. Saw Meeks, Truckee & Heavenly all sleeping on the same perch together. Was nice. Saw Tom showing someone that too. and taking pictures.
Funny how it seems that all the bears are trying to escape, especially the Heavenly Bear. They want to explore the world and be bears! I hope they will do well and be good strong bears, when their chance comes. I love our bears!
Thanks Tom, wasn’t sure about Heavenly. See ya in July
The Heavenly Bear still seems so out of sorts. He’s usually by himself and always stays back when the others are around, even when there’s food around. I feel bad for the poor little/big guy.
You are correct about the Heavenly Cub. He’s the ” new kid” and the other 3 have been together 8-9 months. The ” Lebec” cub can get close to him but the other 2 steer clear! When I go in to clean I watch them & Heavenly really makes “warning postures & noises” when the others get near him . Bears have distinct personalities & also are shaped by their past experiences so it is up to them as to how they relate to each other. If they were younger & had more time together I bet they would all become buddies! Fortunately they will all be released soon & can have LOTS of open space to interact with other bears- or not- their choice!
The google ads on the webcam include ads for Bear Hunting !?!? This is very inappropriate.
Sue. Thanks for your comment regarding the ads on our web cam page. Unfortunalely, we not have any control over which ads are shown. Sorry. Tom
The Webcams are not loading, have not for 2 days. Just comes up black, the Ustream does not show on the screen. Missing the bears. Other people are too.
KC, Not sure what is going on. I looked at the web cams from the web site on my computer and it appears to be working adequately. Try refreshing. I will send this note to our web cam guru and see if he has any thoughts for you. Keep watching. The Lebec cub will be released this Tuesday morning. Dr Willitts and I will go in the cage just after 6:30am to get him. Tom
KC, I’m sorry you’re having problems watching our webcams. The cubs are especially entertaining right now. FYI: I monitor the webcams several times per day I haven’t seen any problems with the streams recently. Our Streaming service “Ustream.tv.” will occasionally have issues, but usually for only a few minutes at a time – an hour at most.
If you’re seeing a black screen for a prolonged period of time (more than a few minutes) then the problem is most likely with with your network or browser configuration and its ability to display the UStream Flash media streams. You’ll need to check with your service provider to get that resolved.
When LTWC isn’t streaming or when we have a problem on our end then you’ll get our standard offline message “We’re sorry we’re not broadcasting live at the moment…”. We aren’t currently streaming our cameras 4-9 (because those enclosures are empty right now) so you’ll see that message on those streams to see what I mean.
- Bruce “webcam guy” Richards
Web cams have been working great here the past few days since cam #4 is back on.
Well I’m able to see the webcams on Ustreams site. They’ve done something so I can’t here.
I’m having the same issue. Just a black screen from my I Pad that used to be able to watch the webcams just fine? KC are you also using a pad to ” try” to watch the cams?
Yes Denise I am on an iPad other family members can’t get it either. Unless its a newer one. Can’t view on laptop either. So I’ve been going to their site then coming over here to post my responses. I liked it before. Glad it is not only me. By the way thank you for feeding and taking care of the bears. Was wondering if you were the one. 0-: )
Hmmm… Very strange. I’ve never seen the issue myself, so I’m not sure what could be the issue.
Let me know if the black screen happens before or after you get the initial advertisement video from Ustream. That could be a clue as to what’s happening. I have seen situations where the Ustream service has problems with their advertisement servers, and those operate differently on our LTWC site versus Ustream.tv. That can cause the video window to go black. So, let me know and we’ll take it from there. If the problem is on the Ustream end then there isn’t much we can do about it.
Also, the smartphone app for Ustream does a good job with out camera streams, too. And, you can avoid the advertisements on the phones while you can’t on the websites.
Bruce the screen is black like a chalkboard is not loading anything, no commercials, no bears or anything. It is like that on all webcams. I know if something is not viewable it would tell you it was off . Was viewable before. Hope you can figure it out. Thank you!
It is so nice to see all of them awake and playing around again. I hope Heavenly makes friends with them and gets to play with other bears before they are all released.
Heavenly enjoying the sunshine by him/her self while the other 3 cubs nap on the shelf in the sleeping room. Waiting for buffet lunch perhaps.
Bobbie D. Just an FYI. ALL four cubs in the bear cage now are males. Lebec will be released at 6:30am this Tuesday. Tom
Well nice to see all 4 bears sleeping in the same room here.
A nice lady was in to clean. Heavenly cub is now shut up in the Play area with his own stockpile of food and the other 3 cubs are in the Feeding area with their own stockpile of food. All is well. Heavenly cub should feel much better now. Thank you LTWC! By the way the time on this message board is still an hour off. It is now 2:15 p.m.
I hope someone at LTWC reads this – I don’t think Heavenly Cub is eating. He’s been in the Play Area since most or all day yesterday and he’s still there this afternoon. He’s not going into the Feeding Area as long as the 3 other cubs are in there. You may want to keep an eye on him.
Thanks for your concern! We ALSO noticed Heavenly was having trouble getting his share of food ( even though he gained over 20 pounds in the first 2 weeks we’ve had him!) He LOVES to eat ( what bear doesn’t?) so we now give him some “private time” to eat with a closed door before they all mingle again. The smallest cub is one of the most feisty of the 3 & out of all of them has the “biggest” attitude! “Small Bear Complex” I suppose!
All the bears are eating now. And enjoying it. Must be getting closer to being released.
You are so right! Just TODAY we started cleaning up their bedding & gave them their first food ( lettuce) & tomorrow will clean up their feed area. The bear from Southern Calif is scheduled to be transported back to where he (she?) came from in a few weeks so want to get a bit of weight on them before release. They all look great after their LONG nap!
Watching a little snow coming down. Hope the bears are cozy.
System works fine this morning, but no bears! They must be in the dining room!
Tried again. Damned blue wheel!
So we get hours of advertising and then the blue wheel and no bears???
No thanks, UStream!
Every year about this time, the cubs on camera spend a lot of their time sniffing the air and looking around. Something’s up! Snow! Food supply! Straw delivery! Big changes! Just now two cubs were on the high shelf. Another is sitting beside the red ball eating something, working on a drumstick or some such. Handsome critters just chilling. Nobody told them K-Mart opened at 6 a.m. this morning!
All 3 cubs trying to lay in the sun on the top shelf.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. May you have a day enjoying family and friends.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING to everyone from LTWC!
Happy Thanksgiving to you there too. Hope you all had a great day. The bears are sure entertaining.
Aww look, the biggest cubby is sitting and playing with the apple ball. They’ve all gravitated to that over the years. Amazing how much they’ve grown.
Happy Turkey Day!
I see snow in the play area!!! When do cubs start hibernating? They are just so cute…I’ve really enjoyed watching them grow this summer/fall.
Hmmm bear wandering from room to room, wanting more food perhaps?
Read in the paper about a bear cub whose mom and sibling were killed by a car around Reno. Still on its own. Hope they find it and bring it to you for the best care.
I read about the bears getting killed too up near Verdi. I hope they find the remaining cub soon before the big snows start. Poor little cubbie
they caught the cub yesterday….not clear if Tom and Cheryl will get the cub….NDOW may take it to Animal Ark.
NDoW took cub to Animal Ark. Possible 3rd cub still out there.
Article and video on NDoW fb and RGJ website
I am so happy they got the cub and hopefully if there is another cub out there they will find it too. Hopefully the animal ark will take good care of the cub.
Now all three cubs are up on the high shelf just hanging out. [Where's Goldilocks!] They’re really brothers now. They’re taking LTWC’s good care and creating a happy childhood for themselves, a memory of enough food, rasseling, tire swings, good stuff coming from logs, good stuff in the water . . .
Sorry I haven’t been here for a while. All three cubs are adorable. So fun to watch them play.
Buenos dias, ositos!!! All three are jostling each other on the top shelf. Now one cub has moved down toward the pool. Bright sunshine streaming in. And where are the people? Stoopid people gaming on FB when they can be watching real bears growing and playing! We are so lucky to have this cam system! Not much longer before denning! A last chance to administer cursor pats, contemplate authentic. Wild. Life. And send best wishes.
Too funny you mention curser pats Mimi because I do that lots around here while wishing they were real pats. I have been busy working and don’t get to watch these three as much as I wished I could.
I’m here quite often just being quiet for a change and watching the 3 kids bond and grow.
Now the pale kid is back on the shelf with the red ball. The other two are rasseling! Not well matched as to size, but the big kid is getting a good run for his munny! Whee! Only 5-6 weeks until denning!
Little pale bear playing on the shelf, really swinging the red ball. Then big dark bear brings his fish up there right in front of the red ball. Little pale bear watches for a while and finally grabs the ball again. But the big bear is really in the way. Finally big bear leaves the shelf. Little pale bear eats the leftover bits of fish and takes up where he left off with the ball. He’s a wirey little guy! Meanwhile the third bear has been swinging a tire and exploring the crossbar under the shelf. It is so human to want to hug them! Two still are not very big! . . . Volunteer luncheon tomorrow! I can’t wait to be with these dear people (and critters) — and hear the news.
Awesome to watch these bear cubs. Thanks for the laughs Charlie, blondie bear and littlest bear.
The cubs think because it is Saturday night that they can play late into the night in the playroom. Just like kids.
Three cutie bears sitting proud and high, too bad the newest one still stays slightly away by himself. I guess the other two have firmly bonded and he’s a bit of a loner? At least they all look healthy and happy! Ya’ll are right though, the middle bear (the tiny one) never has caught up in size. Guess they come in all shapes and sizes like we do.
Wonderful to see them interacting and playing together.
Yay! They are so cute together. Just watched all 3 of them huddle up together for a group photo. So wonderful to see the 3rd cub accepted by the other two. So happy for all of them. Thanks to LTWC for such great care of these cute cubs!
Sooo CUTE! What big babies!
Bears? Bears? Isn’t anybody watching the cubs? The camera was down yesterday. Nobody has posted in a long time. ?Que pasa? I hoped to see the little guy with the broken leg playing happily with his friends. . . I heard he had left the cast alone and graduated successfully. God bless!
Mimi, i’m so glad he is no longer alone
I have been watching the bears when I can and today I finally got to see all of them together. It does look like the one with the cast is still not buddies with the other two but it least they all three have been in the same room together.
Awww…..Truckee cub just wants to be friends!
He sure is trying hard…hope the other 2 cubs warm up to him soon. They are all such cuties and I can’t wait to see them playing together!
Sorry to have missed the family reunion. You all had been in my thoughts and prayers. Wish we could have been there! Miss you all!
5 years ago today, Lil Smoky was rescued. Memories, memories… Thank you Adam Deem! Thank you Tom & Cheryl and LTWC Volunteers!
I don’t comment often, but I’m a frequent visitor to this site. It is always a joy to look in on these amazing bears and watch them grow.
STB and bear hugs.
Thanks for the reminder. Saying a prayer that that special bear is healthy and thriving!
Wow! Sure enough two cubs! I grew up in Bakersfield, always going back over the “Ridge” to grandmother’s house. At Lebec there’s a sign about how Peter Lebec killed a “bar.” I always felt bad for that “bar”! Better to end up here. So their happy childhood is working out pretty good.
UHOH, looks like a bird got in and is not sure how to get out.
I have been busy with work and just noticed there are now two bears in here. Where did the second bear come from and how long has it been here? They are sure playful little bears!
Yes there are 2 cubs now. We just got the ” new” cub (left ear tag) from Lebec near Bakersfield. He was found alone at about 16 pounds / spent a few days at CALM wildlife park (also a few hours in a tree after escaping!) and was brought to LTWC Thurs. The first day or so the two weren’t too sure of each other ( funny to watch) but now they are buddies and are glad to have each other’s company!
In less than 24 hours, they are best buddies!
They’re frisky this morning! Tires swinging and kids running up and down that log! It’s a gorgeous morning here. These kids will be out in the wild before they can even dream! Meanwhile . . . a little more happy childhood!
Silly bears are just walking in circles up the big log, to the shelf and then back down the other side. It is cute when the little sister has to stop and spin around backwards to get off the top shelf to the bottom one. I am going to miss these two but knowing they are healthy and running free is a great thing to know. They are going to love it!
Today is one of Tahoe’s few gloomy days.l Rain that wants to be snow. No bears!
We have two beautiful bears sniffing around and walking the logs! Big storm last night. Thunder and lightning! I’m reading a book called Smiling Bears, by a clever and compassionate zoo-keeper, Canadian woman. She works to establish relationships with her bears. It is fascinating to read what various types of individual bears will do when treated well, their little games and tricks. These kids are standing on the upper ledge, sniffing all around — using their noses the way we use our eyes, to size up the scene. Beautiful bears with a whole new life in store for them! Amazing that bears can pig out all summer, roll in the hay, sleep all winter, and be fit for wilderness life come spring! Sure doesn’t work for people!
Awww I think they are liking their new “home”. Saw them exploring earlier, and one still is while the other naps.
Oh my goodness Ally and the Truckee bear must be who I am seeing in here today. I see someone under the shelf in the feeding room with it eyes open, maybe the little Luther bear wondering what the heck these bears are doing awake. Hope all of them soon will be back sleeping soon.
It is now 10:30pm on Friday, November 16, 2012. Last night, we got in yet another cub from F & G. This one came from the town of Llano, CA (east and south of Palmdale and Lancaster).
This little girl is very similar to the Ojai female cub we got in almost exactly one month earlier (Oct. 16th). Ojai came in at 11 pounds and Llano came in at 12.1 pounds. Other than some mites, she was in fairly good shape.
This afternoon, we put Llano into the bobcat cage AND, at the same time, we took Ojai out of the raccoon cage and put her into the bobcat cage. After about 30 minutes of facing each other (within a per carrier), we opened the doors and let them get ‘close’ to each other.
By the way – - – Ojai now weighs 22 pounds. She has doubled her weight over the past 4 weeks. Llano is lighter in color and has a patch of fur missing due to F & G taking a sample of the mites. Ojai is almost black in color.
The other seven cubs had their last meal last Monday (November 12th), ate some tree branches on Tuesday and were introduced to pine needles and straw on Wednesday. They are doing fairly well, for some first year cubs which all of a sudden have no food.
Bruce did some ‘management’ of the cameras today. Since there are no birds or animals in the raccoon cage, nor the flight area, he had deleted cameras 5, 6, 8 & 9. So, effective today, the only cameras (and their descriptions) which are working on our web site are; 1 (Play Area – BEAR Cage), 2 (Feed Area – BEAR Cage), 3 (Den – BEAR Cage), 4 (Bobcat Cage) and 7 (Looking at LTWC’s back yard).
Are you ready for some fun??? Well, it may be ‘fun’ for us, BUT – - – for our seven bear cub in the BEAR Cage at LTWC, it is not so much fun for them.
We are putting them into hibernation. Yesterday (Monday, 11-12-12), they ate their ‘Last Supper’. Today, they were introduced to some green tree limbs, supplied to LTWC by Ed Cook of Ed Cook’s Tree Service in South Lake Tahoe. The cubs knew exactly what to do with the limbs. They started chewing them.
What ‘was’ about 2 ½ buckets of poop a few short weeks ago, was less than 1/3 bucket today. Tomorrow, we will introduce the straw and pine needles to the ‘Magnificent Seven’ and they will begin their time in ‘Slumberland’.
Although, we never know. For those of you who have been around since Li’l Smokey, you remember the ‘Six Pack’. There was ‘ONE’ cub who didn’t want to sleep. SHE – - – the Yosemite little girl – - – wanted to play ‘Slap the Bear’!!! None of them got much sleep when she wanted to play.
Well, this should be entertaining AND educational. Be sure to watch on our web site (http://www.ltwc.org/?page_id=934) and see just ‘how’ and ‘where’ they decide to ‘make their bed’.
All 7 bears are in the playroom! Too bad their happy childhood can’t just go on and on. Little do they know their first denning (hibernation) is just around the corner. Food has already been cut back. Tomorrow is their last meal! No, this only sounds cruel! They will have branches to gnaw on — the bark plugs up the system, so no more poop for awhile. Hay will be delivered for bedding material. We can watch them push that around. They will have water available, but very soon they will be huddled together mostly sleeping. A couple at a time may play a bit or go get water, but it’s mostly snoozing and the picture will be rather dark. . . . I miss Lencho! He wrote poetry for L’il Smokey! And long-time watchers will remember L’il Smokey at this stage beginning denning. He looked all over his “studio” for leftover food. He was thrilled to find a neglected carrot in one corner! He had not liked carrots, but that carrot made him happy. Sweet dreams, cubs!
I am looking forward to seeing them go into hibernation but I am a little sad because they sure are fun to watch when they play. I will miss them when they are gone.
Do they know what they are going to do with the little Luther girl yet? I hope she dont miss her brother too much when he isnt with her anymore.
Seems like yesterday that the Lil Smokey family were all glued to the web cam watching to see what Lil Smokey would do when he didn’t get his dinner. Dang it, now the tears are flowing when I picture how smug and proud of himself he was finding that dried out carrot under the pallet. Sure wish Lencho would join us once again with his beautiful writings.
Oh NOOO! There is a bear way up on the wall of the room and the other bears just scared it into the corner above the big water bath. I hope it isnt the little Luther girl because I cant see her anywhere and she gets hurt falling down because the bears are all standing up making it crawl way up there.
It wasnt her but I still hope the bear who was up there didnt hurt itself when it came down rather hard on its butt.
LTWC board meeting last night and your “cub reporter” was there as a guest. The big bears will officially go into denning or hibernation next week. Tom said their last meal is Monday. They’re being fed only once a day now. Cheryl thinks the little girl in here is 50 pounds, but Tom frowned in some disagreement. Of course they are thinking hourly how the little girl can be managed, but don’t forget she tried to kill the smallest cub, Ojai girl! I will blog bobcat news at the bobcat house and Ojai bear news at the raccoon cage. . . . After the meeting, Dr. Willets examined a magnificent eagle who had been hit by a train — or maybe he hit the train. Dr. W. glued a cut over the right eye, put drops in the swollen “compromised” eye, gave him a shot to kill the bugs that began crawling out, checked the beautiful wings, and trimmed some inches off three big feathers that had broken. Good thing Tom is so strong! The feet were taped up beforehand with that tape that sticks to itself, and Tom had quite a job as eagles don’t like people checking them over! Cheryl wrote down the instructions and took charge of the eye drops. And another beautiful creature has a bright future.
Are you sure the girl tried to kill the other bear and wasnt just scared and reacting? Guess if she did then being in with big scary bears isnt unfair.
Hi, Sal! I’m not an animal behaviorist, but Cheryl was in the bobcat house with the two when the bigger one pushed the little one to the end of a high shelf and then pushed her to the cement floor below! Cheryl said the fall made a crunching sound. The bigger one had also been bullying the little one, not letting her eat. Whatever the motive, the little kid was losing the fight. It has taken the tiny bear a while to begin to eat well. And the bully has a brother among the large bears in the bear house. He’s smaller than the biggest ones and was an outsider anyway because he was a late-comer, but he appears to watch out for her. Cheryl knows a lot about bear psychology, and this is what worked out.
A big THANK – YOU to the nice lady with the ponytail for thinking to feed the little Luther Pass girl separately, she even received her own fish ! I’m so glad to see her eating her own meal. Thanks awesome team LTWC!!!
Lots of “bear wrestling” going on in here. Little girl and Big Bro sleeping alone in the sleep room. Wish they were able to interact more with the others – and I too notice the little one seems to wait til most of the food is gone before she gets brave enough to dig in.
I have watched the little one try to come into the room when all the others are eating and she gets chased out by some of the big bears! It is sad to see and hopefully they all will get along soon.
the lighting in the bear cub play area seems to have been bumped out of place
Our lil girl is sleeping alone, guess if bro is with the big boys, she feels like she can’t do much?
Besides being isolated , she also doesn’t seem to be eating very often, especially when the others are pigging out any chance they get. Does anyone know what the criteria is for Fish and Game release ? Is it based on animal size and weight? Thanks
What a plenitude of bear cubs! All seven in the playroom! It’s 46 degrees and will be sunny for several days. Meanwhile, huge clumps of snow falling from above. They’re really active, all over the equipment, trying stuff. Looks like the little bear with her buddy on the high shelf. He shook himself, and then she did it. She won’t try murder and mayhem in this crowd! These bears are magnificent!
Mimi, was she the one annoying the new little one, or was it vice versa?
Just spoke with Kim at the Ojai Raptor Center. It was a rancher next to us that rescued the small bear in Ojai that is now at your center. I was the one that initially contacted Kim and have been curious to know how the cub is doing. Is she in with the rest of the cubs on the bear cam? Kim said she was in pretty bad shape, hopefully she is getting stronger everyday and I look forward to the day she can be released back into the wild. Thank you for all you do for our animals.
She is on cam 4 I believe, too small to be in with all of these, but don’t worry, she’ll get great care here.
Thanks for letting me know she is on cam 4, I’ve been watching the 6 bears thinking she was the smallest but I guess she is even smaller than the smallest one since she is just 11 pounds. Hoping she comes out of the igloo so I can see her.
Diane, you’ve probably already gone to the cam for Bobcat House. Your baby is by herself in there — same as L’il Smokey. The small bear in the bear house was removed. I called Cheryl yesterday to get the story. It’s pretty dramatic! Now Cheryl is tending this smallest girl by herself! Amazing that this cub was born in Feb like all the others and was only 11 pounds! She looks filled out already, tho.
I haven’t seen her yet, I think she is hiding out in the igloo. Can’t believe she should be the size of the other cubs. I was told that she probably wouldn’t have lasted another night in the wild. So grateful to LTWC for taking her in and giving her this opportunity.
Looks like you had a little snow.
Yes, we did, Marcia! Not a lot. It’s 5:30 whatever LTWC’s clock says. I just came in from doing errands. Looks like a friggin’ Christmas Card out there and 29 degrees. Mostly sno-kone material. Will taper off to rain and be sunny by weekend. We have two cubs just standing on the top shelf looking puzzled. Now they’ve backed down the log and gone for cover! The other two rooms have a roof! But you knew that!
Looks like Luther Pass brother (large, blond) and sister (dark, little) on the shelf and ignoring the red ball that generations have enjoyed. They seem to be napping. All the others are elsewhere.
It makes me sad to see the original 5 bears all together and the one from Luther Pass all alone. It just has to be so sad to first miss his Mom and know his sibling is gone as well. Hopefully soon the other bears will make friends with him so he isnt so lonely anymore.
I think she’s in here now, and the new little one is alone. Seems that way at least. The bro has been hanging out with an awfully small dark bear, seems it has to be his sis.
I noticed yesterday that there as a tiny bear in here playing with the Luther bear, or I was thinking it might be the larger bear from Luthers Pass. If it is his sister I am happy they are reunited now.
SO where is the new bear cub? the new 2? I’m all confused!
Silly bear, climbing the wall. Now slipping…does he not know if he gets hurt he’ll be separated from his pals?
Four roly-poly bear cubs in here!
Four cubs up on the shelf. Okay, let’s see if I can put down what Cheryl just told me talking very fast:
The cub resting on the shelf in the bear house bedroom with the door down — he is alive. He hurt a back leg/foot and has been to the hospital. He’s on pain-killer and Dr. Willets wants him to be quiet and isolated. So he is just resting and healing. The other four were gathered around that door, almost like a prayer group. We will see a volunteer go in there to give him food and water, etc.
Chips and Sierra are in the aviary where Chips was before. They are fine.
The two cubs in the raccoon house — their mother was killed on Luther Pass last night and the police begged LTWC to just take them because Fish & Game could not be contacted.
Everything is essentially just fine, except for the dead momma.
Four handsome bear cubs up on the shelves. I’m betting this room has been cleaned, they’ve gotten their treats, and pretty soon the door will come up and they can go eat their supper. This is really a sight — gorgeous wild bears!
Hello! No bear cubs in here! Looks like they’ve had a great time with a lot of fresh fish. Big fish. Bits of skin and bones scattered all over.
Is it true bears have no human contact in your facility?
Is it true that you are the only licensed bear rehab facility in California?
Yes to both, Bill! This bear house has two electric “guillotine” doors. Typically, when the cubs are all in the eat and sleep side, we watch through a window in our door and lower the door. Then when the play area is thoroughly cleaned, fresh fish or at least peanut butter and marshmallow-krispie treats are put out ["good things come from logs"] and the door raised. The cubs race back into the clean play area for the treats, and the door is lowered again so the other side can be spiffed up. Buckets of fresh fruit and veggies are spread out, the people leave, and the door is raised. This cleaning and feeding happens twice a day. As they grow, there is more food — and a lot more poop. They aren’t named or cuddled or talked to. Very, very rarely they are hollered at, and rarely are sedated for examination or transport. That’s all. The best view of them is the cameras. I just volunteer there; if I didn’t know this little bit, I wouldn’t answer.
I just heard that LTWC has gotten a little bobcat orphaned in a wildfire. They’re probably too busy working with the animals to provide immediate coverage to us! See S.F. Chron which calls the kitten Chips for the fire he was in.
All five cubs playing on the tires and with the red ball and back in the corner. Last night I dreamed that the authorities wanted to put them in the wild right now! I thought oh, dear, no, the cubs aren’t big enough! They still have a lot of growing to do, a lot more fun, and lots of pumpkin to eat! Glad it was only a dream.
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