Monthly Archives: July 2014

Critter Care Wildlife Society News July 2014 via Bears Matter

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Romeo and Juliette the first bear cubs                                  alt

The first bear cubs of 2014 arrived on March 17 from Revelstoke, BC. Early in the morning a group of loggers showed up at their logging site to find two little bear cubs out stumbling around. The owner of the company shut down the site and left the two cubs to see if mom would come and collect them. By 3pm the cubs were still there. They looked around for a den and any sign of mom, but found nothing. So Critter Care took the cubs into care. This brother and sister duo will stay with us for about 15 months (till June 2015). The family that was responsible for their rescue named them Romeo and Juliette.

Tips for Homeowners PDF Print E-mail
raccoonIt’s mating season!  Many wild animals such as raccoons, skunks and squirrels will be actively looking for nice dry, warm, dark, safe places to den and give birth to their babies in the Spring, so now is the time to have a really good look around your property and make sure that your attic, shed, garage or under your house is not accessible. Tree branches that extend over or close to your house need to be cut back because they provide all sorts of wildlife with a direct route into your home, and some will just dig right through your roof.  Board up or fence off any spaces under buildings and make sure your chimney has a squirrel proof cover.  Check all around your roof line for ways into your attic.  If you have a hot tub or a pool and you don’t want a family of raccoons living under there all summer, make sure there is no way to get underneath.Critter Care does not provide wildlife removal services, and although we are happy to recommend humane companies that will help you evict critters from your home, they do not come cheap so prevention is definitely the way to go.  If you find an entry point and you’re not sure what to do about it, there are many resources with suggestions on-line, just MAKE SURE there aren’t any animals already inside before you block of the exit! Baby season is just around the corner, so do the work now, and avoid having your home turned into a nursery in the next couple of months.
Generous Donation   Print E-mail
Cooking For A Cause - CookbookVancouver based law firm Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP has raised a considerable amount of funds with the sale of their new cookbook “Cooking For A Cause” and is donating the proceeds to Critter Care Wildlife Society and Lions Gate Hospital Foundation.These funds will go towards the specialized milk formula for the babies. A huge thank you goes to Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP, their staff and supporters and all the buyers of the cookbook! Cookbook Fundraising Group


Critter Care Wildlife Society provides short and long term care to native mammal species and, through rehabilitation and public education, helps prevent suffering of injured and orphaned wildlife.



Pacific Wild’s Spring 2014 Newsletter via Bears Matter


Spring 2014 E-News



#1 – Pacific Herring


Sunshine, hail, rain and snow in quick succession are common spring indicators that herring season is here – when herring drop their tiny eggs by the billions and all manner of hungry predators come out to feed on the flush of nutrients this keystone species brings to the coast. But this season there was a new sign of the impending spawn: heavy RCMP presence in Heiltsuk territory, preparing to protect a controversial commercial   IMAGE: A wolf feasting on herring roe.  Pacific Wild is hosting  filmmaker Jeff Turner during the herring spawn. Jeff recently completed the Wild Canada series and is now filming for the BBC.
gillnet opening for herring. Federal Fisheries Minister Shea went against the advice of her own scientists and declared the central coast open to a commercial gillnet roe herring fishery. Pacific Wild continues to support First Nations opposition to this unsustainable fishery. Without herring, we would not have bears, salmon, whales or wolves.

What you can do:
Help us make sure that this was the last year that the herring spawn was marked by controversy and an unsustainable fishery. Write to Federal Fisheries Minister Shea and urge her to protect this critically important species that has supported our coast and communities for countless generations.   Twitter @CPCGailSheaRead Ian McAllister’s blog piece Lament for Herring.

#2 – A New Season for Great Bear LIVE

Thanks to your support of last fall’s Indiegogo campaign and other generous donations, we have added underwater and night vision filming to our repertoire. Check out our live streams today and watch the Great Bear Rainforest come to life as the herring spawn along the shore. We have been capturing incredible footage of seals and sea lions chasing herring from both above and below the water. 

Pacific Wild is once again expanding our hydrophone network this year and incorporating HD remote cameras to photo ID whales and other marine mammals. The data gathered with this project will help to increase understanding of whale movements and habitat use, as well as the potential impacts of increased shipping noise on these acoustically-sensitive animals.

What you can do: Sign up for Great Bear Alerts and follow us on Twitter for live updates when there is action on the cameras and hydrophones.

 #3- Spring Grizzly Hunt is OPEN


The B.C. spring grizzly hunt is upon us but the province’s “rationale” for allowing the hunt doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. Budget estimates that show provincial revenue from trophy hunting at a paltry $414,000, while bear-watching tourism already generates over 12 times the revenue in visitor spending and 50 times the number of jobs as trophy hunting. Worse yet, approximately one third of the 3,500 grizzlies shot from 2001-2011 were females, many of them leaving orphaned cubs behind. Approximately 1,800 tags have been issued, the highest in decades. Pacific Wild continues to press for a ban on trophy hunting of grizzlies.
LISTEN to a podcast from April 6, 2014 with Charlie Russell discussing the hunt on CKNW.

What you can do: visit our Take Action page and let the B.C. government know that you oppose this brutal hunt.

#4 – No Tankers


Several Gitga’at Nation women in Hartley Bay are drawing the line on Enbridge’s proposed tanker route through their territorial waters by crocheting a line that will stretch from the village right across Douglas Channel on National Aboriginal Day, June 21st, 2014. The Gitga’at have filed for a judicial review of the JRP process and are fighting Enbridge and the panel’s support of the project.

What we can all do: In the brief time leading up to the federal government’s decision on the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project, we can support First Nations’ legal battles against this and other pipeline projects that threaten aboriginal constitutional rights.  Join others as they get creative in finding ways to keep saying NO to Enbridge and tanker trafficContact your MLA and MP.  Educate yourself and others through social media and other channels.

Also, stay informed about the cumulative social and environmental effects of proposed LNG development in northern B.C.. Stay tuned for dates and locations of a Pacific Wild speaking tour to discuss impacts of LNG and oil development as they relate to the Great Bear.

We want to know what YOU think!

Contact us or visit our Facebook page with your ideas on how we can best confront these issues together. All of our projects and campaigns rely on the support of individual donors, supporters and volunteers like you.

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Bears Matter Refreshed & Reinvigorated after June’14 visit to the Khutzemateen in Great Bear Rainforest

Hello Bear Friends, 

This June I spent a glorious two full days viewing bears from a zodiac in the Khutzemateen with 7 other ‘like-minded’ nature lovers. Bear and people heaven! Just cameras, binoculars, pepper and bug spray…and no guns!!! My second visit to the ‘Khutz’ after 9 long years has made my summer and year! Thank you so much to the wonderful crew of Ocean Light II!

I now feel refreshed and reinvigorated to go forward and continue to help 6 of 8 species of bears stay ‘alive (though some rehabbed) and wild’ in B.C. and in other parts of the world where bears are seriously, seriously in peril and in need of our lobby efforts and funding (I personally concentrate on: Brown,Sun,Moon,Spectacled,Sloth Bears and orphaned Black Bears though much work has to be done for polar and panda bears)

We must one day put an end to the relentless prosecution, trophy killing and demonization of all bears- everywhere! “If we have the will, we can find a way!”

Please go to the Bears Matter Action Page to see how you can help us STOP the Trophy Killing of our B.C. Grizzlies(petition and letter writing campaign). Also you can go the Resources Page and see the bear organizations Bears Matter endorses and supports in various ways and please do the same.

Here are a few photos from my little camera of what I now hold as memories in my heart and brain from a trip to ‘Canada’s only Grizzly Bear Sanctuary’ where the bears can be bears and don’t have to fear their human visitors. 

Cheers and Enjoy, Barb of Bears Matter