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Cape Breton bear cubs saved from being euthanized after mother’s death

The abandoned cub nicknamed ‘Little Bear,’ comes out of his cave in his temporary enclosure along the wildlife trail at Two Rivers Wildlife Park. The cub was rescued by Michael Sylliboy in Whycocomagh and nursed back to health at the park. Johnny Huntington, park manager, said the options for the cub are not good, as they have to have an 18,000 sq. ft. enclosure built by the end of the year or the cub will have to be destroyed, as he’s too young to go in with their park bears and cannot be released back in the wild. He said after a story about the cub was published in the Cape Breton Post on Saturday, the public has jumped aboard to help save Little Bear.
The abandoned cub nicknamed ‘Little Bear,’ comes out of his cave in his temporary enclosure along the wildlife trail at Two Rivers Wildlife Park. The cub was rescued by Michael Sylliboy in Whycocomagh and nursed back to health at the park. Johnny Huntington, park manager, said the options for the cub are not good, as they have to have an 18,000 sq. ft. enclosure built by the end of the year or the cub will have to be destroyed, as he’s too young to go in with their park bears and cannot be released back in the wild. He said after a story about the cub was published in the Cape Breton Post on Saturday, the public has jumped aboard to help save Little Bear.

SYDNEY, N.S. — After the death of a mother bear, her cubs were found Monday hiding in trees in Inverness County. The mother bear climbed up an electrical pole and was killed, and the cubs’ future was uncertain due to Nova Scotia’s policy on bears in the wild.

But in the case of these two cubs, both will be saved. One of the bear cubs has been placed with Two Rivers Wildlife Park in Mira, while the other was moved from the Department of National Resources (DNR) in Whycocomagh to the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park for care.

Bob Petrie, Director of the Wildlife Division a DNR spoke about the future of the bear cubs.

“There are facilities that are qualified to hold and rehabilitate wildlife for release,” Petrie said in an email. “However, as bears quickly become used to humans, there is a high chance that they can become nuisance animals in a province like Nova Scotia, where we have a much smaller landscape with fewer remote areas compared to other provinces.”

Nova Scotia is one of two provinces that do not allow bears to be saved and then re-introduced to the wild. The policy states that one of the bears would have been taken to a wildlife park, while the other would be euthanized.

The predicament of the two orphaned bear cubs was first raised Monday by Inverness MLA Allan MacMaster, who took to Facebook in the hope to raise awareness for the two bear cubs.

“The more interest people take, the greater the chance these cubs will have to live,” MacMaster wrote in a Facebook post on Monday. “Why not let Hope For Wildlife have a chance to try.”

Hope For Wildlife had offered to take the bear cubs in with a plan to release them into the wild, if not for the policy. The organization was founded in Seaforth, N.S., in 1997 and specializes in the care, treatment and rehabilitation of injured or orphaned native fur bearing mammals, sea birds and songbirds. The facility has treated and released thousands of mammals and birds representing over 200 various species.

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