Black Bear Rehab

NLWS rehabilitates black bears from across the province of BC, except from the Vancouver region and the Islands as they are covered respectively by Critter Care Wildlife Society and North Island Recovery Association. We often get the argument that there are enough black bears in the province and it is a waste of time and resources to rehab black bears. 


Everyone at NLWS beg to differ with such opinions. First and foremost every life has value and deserves to be treated accordingly.  Secondly Human impact on our wildlife species is growing at an alarming rate and what is common today can easily be endangered or gone tomorrow.

We have much to learn and the work we do with black bears can greatly aid in the protection and recovery of endangered bear species around the world. We share our work as widely as possible, work with Universities and other organization in a bid to answer important questions and aim to educate with each bear we raise and release.

Is it safe to release human raised bears?
After 26 years and over 300 bears we simply have to say:
"Yes it is"!
Bear rehabilitation is happening in many parts of our world with great success. As long as policies and best management practices are followed the bears have no problem to reintegrate into a life in the wild. 

Can everyone raise an orphaned bear cub?
As cute as they are and as much as you may want to, the answer to this question is "No"!
Bear rehabilitation is a specialized profession that requires specific knowledge, a great commitment of time (as cubs can stay in care up to 17month depending on arrival), species specific enclosures (the cute 2lb cub will weight 100lb + at release time) and specialized nutrition (to ensure optimal health at release time)


Please contact a licenced bear rehabilitator as soon as possible and give that little bear the best possible chance to return to the wild.