Every summer, Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care (LTWC) rehabilitates hundreds of wild birds and animals. And at this time of year, orphaned and abandoned bear cubs especially find themselves in desperate need of care, food and shelter until they are old enough to care for themselves and thrive in the wild. That’s where you come in…
As I’m sure you can guess, bears are some of the hardest and most costly wild animals to care for. Their size and voracious appetites, combined with their high level of intelligence, requires that they not only receive significant amounts of food but also enrichment projects to keep them motivated and entertained every day. Mental stimulation is a key part of a bear cub’s development in order to thrive in the wild as adults.
This severely malnourished baby Sequoia bear (pictured right and below) came into our care last fall, weighing only seven pounds. She was found in Sequoia National Park by a park ranger that noticed her alone, scared, and begging for food. She was painfully thin and extremely dehydrated. This baby bear clearly needed help.
Fortunately, this cub arrived at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care the next day where we were able to save this baby Sequoia cub from certain death.
When she arrived at our facility, this baby bear only weighed seven pounds. Other Sequoia cubs her age typically weigh between 40-60 pounds. She was so malnourished that we didn’t allow her to go into hibernation as she typically would have during the fall and winter months. Instead, we fed her throughout the winter to ensure she would have the weight necessary to survive on her own in the spring.
During her time at LTWC, this baby Sequoia made friends, including another male cub that came into our care just a few days after her. They would spend their days playing and wrestling and at night, they would snuggle and sleep side by side. Last month, once she was finally healthy enough to survive on her own, we released her into the wild where she will now thrive in her natural habitat. She left LTWC weighing a very healthy 70 pounds!
This year, hundreds of other animals, including bear cubs like this Sequoia cub, will need our care. Day or night, our team of wildlife specialists springs into action to save these helpless animals.
As a non-profit organization, we rely on the generosity from kind people like you to be able to save more lives. From a handful of people in 1978 with an idea to help wildlife in their area, LTWC has grown to an organization that now provides a service to more than nine counties in California and Nevada surrounding the Lake Tahoe region.
So much of what we do this summer depends on the money we are able to raise right now. Your gift towards the 2016 Bear Cub Support Drive will save more lives. Can we count on your support today?