2016 Bear Cub Support Drive


Bear 1Every 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.

Bear 2When 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?

2015 LTWC Training Seminar Registration Now Open!

Registration for the 2015 Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care Training Seminar is now open!

The seminar is intended for those interested in working as a wildlife care volunteer with LTWC, caring for injured and orphaned birds and animals.

The seminar will take place Saturday May 16 and Sunday, May 17, 2015. The seminar is $75 for the first family member and $55 for each additional family member.

Seats are limited, and the seminar is expected to sell out. Please click here for more information and to register.


Today is #GivingTuesday!

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 https://www.paypal.com/webapps/mpp/search-cause

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).

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.


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): https://www.facebook.com/laketahoewildlifecare


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