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July 9, 2010 (Alpine) – For years, the only “Bear” at Lions, Tigers and Bears, a facility in Alpine for rescued and abused big cats, was a miniature horse bearing that name. But now a black bear cub named “Liberty” has been brought to the facility by California Fish & Game Aget Kevin Brennan, who captured the yearling at a campground near Mt. Baldy in Angeles National Forest.

“A fed bear is a dead bear,” said Brennan, who has indicated had no other alternative other than to kill the bear. Approximately six to 12 young bears are killed each year due to contact with humans.

Bobbi Brink, owner of Lions, Tigers and Bears, now seeks a total of $250,000 in donations to build a larger enclosure that will be a permanent home for Liberty. At sixty pounds, the bear will soon outgrow its temporary pen. In addition to monetary donations, the center seeks donations of the following items for its newest inhabitant: fish (salmon, tilapia), dried fruit (no sugar), avocados, nuts (unsalted and raw), and “boomer balls.”

Future plans at LTB rescue also call for a Native Species Conservation Station, where rescued bears, mountain lions and other native California wildlife can live as well as a rehabilitee center, with the ultimate goal of releasing back into the wild as many bears as possible.

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Members of the nonprofit facility will also have an opportunity to view the new bear cub on Saturday, July 10th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. during Members Day. For more information on membership, visit the website above or all (619)659-8078.

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Liberty the Black Bear Cub

Liberty is a very handsome cub and I am very happy that he (who did nothing wrong) will not be killed. I hope Lions Tigers & Bears can get the donations they will need to provide him a good home!

I heard about a live bear den cam being broadcast on the internet and watched Lily the Black Bear before/during/after the birth of her cub, Hope, this spring. The cam was by the North American Bear Center: a site with much research by Dr. Lynn Rogers who has been studying bears for over 40 years. I was amazed at my misconceptions :-) Lily the Black Bear also has a facebook page: Much fun reading and learning!