International Fund for Animal Welfare

International Fund for Animal Welfare

July 13, 2007 10:30 ET

IFAW: Orphaned Grizzly Bear Cub Gets a Second Chance

SMITHERS, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 13, 2007) - A six-month old orphaned grizzly bear cub, who arrived at the NLWS (Northern Lights Wildlife Society) in Smithers, BC on 2 July, will be cared for night and day until it can be released back into the wild.

The BC Government, IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare) and NLWS have formed a unique alliance-supporting a grizzly bear rehabilitation pilot project to ensure that bear cubs like this one get a second chance.

NLWS has rehabilitated and released 107 black bear cubs but this is the first cub in the new pilot grizzly bear project, which will monitor and evaluate cubs post-release.

"This cub will be benefiting from the best care available and has an excellent chance of survival," said Kim Elmslie, IFAW spokesperson.

"IFAW has been involved with bear rehabilitation for many years and recently sponsored an international workshop on the rehabilitation and release of orphaned bear cubs. The workshop brought together experts from around the world, including Ms Angelika Langen from NLWS, to discuss methods currently being used to raise and release orphaned cubs.

"With grizzly bears facing increased threats ranging from habitat loss to conflict with humans, we are just so pleased to be able to give this little bear another chance," said Ms Langen.

IFAW and the NLWS said: "The BC Government is showing real leadership in finding positive solutions for orphaned grizzly bears that will see them returned to the wild where they belong."

Updates on cub's rehabilitation can be found on the IFAW website at www.ifaw.org or on Northern Lights website at www.wildlifeshelter.com.

About IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare)

Founded in 1969, IFAW is an international animal welfare and conservation organisation that works to protect wild and domestic animals and to broker solutions that benefit both animals and people. With offices in 15 countries around the world, IFAW works to protect whales, elephants, great apes, big cats, dogs and cats, seals, and other animals. To learn how to help IFAW protect animals, please visit www.ifaw.org.

Editors: Print quality photo of grizzly bear cub available on request

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