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.
For more information, visit www.lionstigersandbears.org.
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.