Vernon and North Okanagan
Cub gets a home, needs a name
Oct 2, 2013 / 3:30 pm
Lumby’s now infamous Pole-ar Bear has made her way safely to Smithers and is making a new home at the Northern Lights Wildlife Society.
She will spend the next few days in quarantine for the safety of other animals before being released into the bear area to meet her new foster siblings.
“She has four playmates (four other cubs) here that she will be introduced to. They will get fattened up for the winter and they actually do hibernate with us,” explained Tanja Landry daughter of the founders of the Northern Lights Wildlife Society.
She made a quick overnight trip to Smithers thanks to Bandstra Transportation Systems Ltd. who have a long standing relationship helping transport animals for free to and from the Wildlife group.
“We work with Bandstra. They donate a lot of their services and they help us bring animals from all over the province up to our neck of the woods so we can take care of them and they do it all by donation,” says Landry.
She will stay in Smithers until June next year when she is approximately 18 months old. Then her and her playmates will be measured and re-assessed for their release.
“So sometime in June she will be released into the Lumby area,” says Landry.
The society always releases the bears back where they were born as to not upset any form of subspecies that may exist in certain parts of BC.
The Northern Lights Wildlife Society is ‘one of a kind’ and was created in 1989 by two Canadian immigrants.
“My parents, Angelika and Peter Lagan, are both trained zoo keepers from Germany who immigrated and saw a need for animals to find some help. They have been running the shelter since,” shares Landry.
Apparently after living in Smithers for several years, they became aware of the fact there was no place for injured and/or orphaned wildlife to go to and that such animals ended up being killed.
After years of discussions and formulating permits, their dream finally became true in 1989.
“We take in all native BC wildlife - anything from the little guys like squirrels all the way up to the bears. We specialize in the bears and moose - we are the only facility in the world right now that rehabs grizzly bears as well," says Landry.
"We do a wide range and we are just there whenever it is needed and we take bears and animals from all over the province,” proudly shares Landry.
But maintaining such a place is expensive and a constant struggle as the group receives no funding from the government or other sources. Public donations are their life line and according to Landry donations were especially low this year
So, what’s next? Well they need donations and she needs a name so…
Northern Lights & Castanet’s name the Pole-ar Baby Contest!!
We will collect all the name ideas and then Northern Lights working with Castanet will pick one of your names for the Baby Bear.
Deadline for entries is Wednesday October 9, 2013.
If your name suggestion is chosen you will receive a $50 gift certificate! So be creative, have fun, and support a wonderful organization!
Donations can be made through their website via Paypal or Canadahelps.org. Alternatively, cheques can be sent to Northern Lights Wildlife Shelter, 17366 Telkwa High Road, Smithers, B.C. V0J 2N7
Send your proof of donation and name suggestion to [email protected]
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