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Meet the Bears

It costs approximately $15,000 per year to feed and care for one healthy bear.

 

 


$125 Annual Adoption*

Arthur (Black Bear, Ursus americanus)

Arthur is black bear who was born in the wild and had been living in a culvert on the Sierra Star golf course in Mammoth, California. He was, sadly, another victim of human encroachment.

After receiving reports about a bear seen "hobbling on three legs" he was captured by the California Department of Fish & Game. Arthur was treated by veterinarians from both Fish and Game and UC Davis, and arrived at PAWS on March 5, 2002. His age, at the time, was estimated to be around 10 years.

Today, Arthur walks on all fours — though he suffers from arthritis and the effects of buckshot in his hips that xrays show is embedded too deep in tissues to be removed. He is given glucosamine, an anti-inflammatory and pain medication, and to date, is doing well.

Arthur enjoys his grassy habitat at our Galt Sanctuary— complete with pool, pine trees and honeysuckle vines. He loves food — grapes, apples and oranges are his favorite treats.

"Caged Bear Spurs Cries Of Outrage" - read this 2001 article from the Los Angeles Times

Click here to read "Fur flies over bear/State retires limping bear to life of luxury" — a 2002 San Francisco Chronicle report.

View video of Arthur, here.

 

 


$125 Annual Adoption*

Ben (Black Bear, Ursus americanus)

Ben is a black bear who was born in 2001. He arrived at ARK 2000 on August 10, 2012, and is now living in a 2-acre habitat with trees, grass and his own pool — one of six habitats designed specifically for bears in the Bob Barker Bear Habitat at ARK 2000. Black bear Sampson is his next door neighbors.

Ben was relocated to PAWS from a private North Carolina ranch/tourist attraction where he had spent six years living in a 12x22-foot chain-link and cement enclosure. His interaction with others was limited to being gawked at by visitors and an occasional piece of bread tossed to him by a tourist.

A lawsuit was filed on behalf of Ben by two concerned citizens and following more than a year of court battles, a judge finally ruled in Ben's favor. PAWS co-founder/director Ed Stewart accompanied Ben on his FedEx-donated flight to California — cheerfully dubbed "Bear Force One" by the flight crew.

View video of Ben here.

 

 

 

 


$125 Annual Adoption*

 

Boo Boo (Black Bear, Ursus americanus)

Boo Boo, a black bear, was born at a breeding compound in January of 1994, taken from his mother when he was two weeks old and sold as a pet to a family in Ohio. His new owners put a chain around his neck, locked it, and then lost the key. As Boo Boo matured, the chain grew into his neck. A concerned woman purchased him from the family, brought him to PAWS, and paid for a veterinarian to remove the chain from his neck. Boo arrived at our Galt sanctuary on December 6, 1994.

When Winston, another young black bear arrived at our Galt sanctuary in May of 1995, he was introduced to Boo Boo. The two youngsters hit it off and became best friends.

In December of 2010, Boo Boo and Winston were moved to their spacious new home in the Bob Barker Bear Habitat at ARK 2000.

Watch a video of Boo Boo's rescue. Click here.

Boo Boo and Winston move to ARK 2000. View video here.

Watch Boo Boo and Winston in their ARK 2000 habitat. Click here.

 

 

 


In Memoriam

 

 

Cinnamon (Black Bear, Ursus americanus)

Cinnamon, a female black bear, came to PAWS in 2003 along with three other bears, Sampson, Oma (deceased), and Scarface (now deceased). The four bears had been confiscated by authorities and were housed temporarily at the Houston SPCA before coming to PAWS. Prior to their removal, all four bears were part of a small, drive-through roadside exhibit where they lived in horrendous conditions. The owner of the dilapidated facility was cited for numerous violations and the animals were impounded. Cinnamon had been declawed by her previous owner, a travesty considering that bears use their claws in a variety of natural, essential activities such as climbing, digging, and ripping bark off of logs to find bugs and worms. 

 

Cinnamon had a special affinity for Sampson. After the bears' move in 2011 from the Galt sanctuary to ARK 2000, the two bears shared a large, oak forested enclosure in the Bob Barker Bear Habitat. Bears enjoy water, and Cinnamon and Sampson had their very own, custom-built swimming pool, which she especially enjoyed on hot summer days. Another of Cinnamon's favorite activities was to forage for acorns that naturally drop from the trees during the fall.

 

Cinnamon was appropriately named, with a gorgeous copper-red coat. Black bears can naturally have variety of different coat colors, from jet black to reddish brown and to almost blonde. Cinnamon made up for her smaller physical stature with her spunky, confident energy. She especially enjoyed curling up for a nap in a thick bed of pine needles under a tree.

 

Cinnamon began showing early signs of arthritis in 2013, with some stiffness in her legs. PAWS' dedicated keeper staff made sure that she received special medications and nutritional supplements to support her joints and to provide comfort as her arthritis gradually became more severe. She remained active, exploring her habitat with Sampson, until early summer of this year when she suddenly had great difficulty standing and walking. An examination by PAWS' veterinarians, and X-rays reviewed by a veterinary radiologist, confirmed that her entire spine was affected by severe arthritis that had caused damage to her spinal cord.

 

After heroic efforts to ease discomfort and restore Cinnamon's mobility, it became clear that she would never be able to walk again. Keeping in mind Cinnamon's well-being and quality of life, the incredibly difficult, but most humane decision was made to gently euthanize her to prevent future suffering. Cinnamon passed from this life on July 27, 2017, at the age of 21 years, surrounded by many who loved her. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and cared for her.


 

 

In Memoriam

 

Jack (Black Bear, Ursus americanus)

Jack was once a free-ranging, wild black bear in Northern California, until he became habituated to people and was captured in 2007 by wildlife authorities as a "nuisance" bear. It is truly a tragedy when, through no fault of their own, bears rely on garbage as a food source. This happens when people do not keep their trash in secure, bear-proof containers. Habituated bears can pose a threat to people and domestic animals, and often end up shot and killed, or captured to spend the rest of their lives in captivity.

 

At ARK 2000, Jack lived in a large habitat filled with oak trees, tall grass, and a pool. Wild bears are constantly busy, and the natural environment habitats at ARK 2000 provide the opportunity for them to express some of their natural instincts, such as foraging for acorns, insects, and other treats. Jack once climbed to the top of a 40-foot tall tree in his habitat to check out an unoccupied bird's nest.

 

As Jack grew older, he began to show signs of arthritis. Although he stopped climbing trees, he continued to enjoy a good swim in his pool and long naps under the trees. Over the last year, Jack's mobility began to decline rapidly and he also began to lose his eyesight. His exact age is not known, but he was at least 18 years old and probably much older, considering his advanced stage of arthritis and compromised vision. When Jack's arthritis reached the point where he was having difficulty standing and walking, and he was no longer responding to medications that helped him for many years, the decision was made to end his struggle and prevent suffering. Jack passed from this life on July 9th, surrounded by the love of many who cared for him. His spirit remained wild until the end, and his memory will remain in our hearts.

 

 

 


$125 Annual Adoption*

 

Mack (Black Bear, Ursus americanus)

On August 16, 2016, a 3-legged yearling American black bear named Mack arrived at PAWS' Galt sanctuary. The young bear had spent the last year under the loving care of the veterinarians and staff at The Fund For Animals Wildlife Center in Ramona, California.

Mack was captured by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife after he climbed a school yard fence, seeking human attention. Earlier, he had been spotted at a tree farm in the hills above Claremont, California, soliciting food from people. Only a few months old at the time, this little orphaned bear cub was missing part of his right hind leg. The injury – most likely the result of a snare (trap) – was completely healed at the time he was captured and he looked to be otherwise healthy. Because of Mack's injury, and the fact that he was very friendly with people, Fish and Wildlife officials decided he should not be released back into the wild.

Since his arrival, Mack has been settling in to his new home very well. He has a large pool to splash and play in, a cozy den, and a large grassy enclosure with a gently sloped hill and shady trees. Just as he has been learning about us, we have also been learning a lot about him. Mack appears to be a "night owl", preferring to nap during the day and being more active at night. Our 24-hour animal care staff see him playing in his pool at night, as well as exploring his habitat and resting on top of his grassy hill under the stars. He likes a variety of foods, but particular favorites are fish, grapes, avocado, dandelion greens and figs that grow on sanctuary grounds.

Mack is a gentle, playful bear who is full of energy and curiosity. The entire PAWS family is excited to welcome him to his forever home, and we look forward to watching him grow up with us.

 

 


In Memoriam

Oma (Black Bear, Ursus americanus)

2/12/1994 - 12/26/2017

Oma, born February 12, 1994, arrived at PAWS in July of 2003, along with three other bears, Cinnamon (deceased), Sampson and Scarface (deceased). The four bears were confiscated by authorities and housed temporarily at the Houston SPCA. Prior to their removal, all four bears were featured as part of a small, drive-through roadside exhibit where they lived in horrendous conditions. The owner of the dilapidated facility was cited for numerous violations and the animals were impounded.

 

 


$125 Annual Adoption*

 

 

Sampson (Black Bear, Ursus americanus)

Sampson, born February 12, 1994, arrived at PAWS' Galt sanctuary in July of 2003, along with three other bears, Cinnamon, Oma and Scarface (all deceased). The four bears were confiscated by authorities and housed temporarily at the Houston SPCA. Prior to their removal, all four bears were featured as part of a small, drive-through roadside exhibit where they lived in horrendous conditions. The owner of the dilapidated facility was cited for numerous violations and the animals were impounded.

Sampson lived with Cinnamon in the Bob Barker Bear Habitat at ARK 2000 until Cinnamon's death on July 27, 2017.

View story and photos here.

Watch this 2012 video of Ben the bear meeting his neighbors, Sampson and Cinnamon here.

 

 


$125 Annual Adoption*

Winston (Black Bear, Ursus americanus)

Winston, a black bear, was born at a breeding compound in January of 1993, and was bred to be someone's pet. He was kept illegally, and later confiscated by officials. After confiscation, Winston, still a very young bear, was kept with other older more aggressive bears and suffered a severe bite wound to his right hip. He was treated for the injury and eventually placed at our Galt, California, sanctuary where he became companion and best friend to Boo Boo, another young bear living at our sanctuary at that time.

In December of 2010, Winston and Boo Boo were moved to their spacious new home in the Bob Barker Bear Habitat at ARK 2000.

Winston and Boo Boo move to ARK 2000. View video here.

Watch Boo Boo and Winston in their ARK 2000 habitat. Click here.

Watch a video of Winston's arrival in 1995. Click here.

 

 

 

*PLEASE NOTE: Adoptions are symbolic only. The animal does not actually go home with you. Donations made via animal adoption are used for the care, feeding and maintenance of the animals.


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