Sky-high gas prices are threatening the fate of orphaned bear cubs across British Columbia, according to a charity that operates an animal shelter in the northwest of the province.
The Northern Lights Wildlife Society in Smithers rescues abandoned cubs from across the province, rehabilitates them in a shelter, and releases them a year later in their native ranges.
It is one of only three shelters in the province permitted to raise orphaned bear cubs, and the only one allowed to rehabilitate and release grizzly bear cubs, according to B.C.’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.
The shelter travels great distances to release animals back to their native habitats — this year, about 33,000 kilometres by truck and helicopter
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