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$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.

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 17, 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 bears Sampson and Cinnamon are 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. He was taken from his mother when he was two weeks old and sold as a pet. 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.

When Winston, another young black bear arrived at our Galt sanctuary, 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.

 

 

 


$125 Annual Adoption*

 

 

 

Cinnamon (Black Bear, Ursus americanus)

Cinnamon, born February 13, 1996, arrived at PAWS' Galt sanctuary in July of 2003, along with three other bears, Sampson, Oma and Scarface (now 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 and Cinnamon now live in the Bob Barker Bear Habitat at ARK 2000 where they were moved in June of 2011.


View story and photos
here.

 


$125 Annual Adoption*

 

Jack (Black Bear, Ursus americanus)

I
n 2007 PAWS received a request for help from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, which contacted us seeking a permanent home for a recently captured American Black Bear. The bear had been deemed non-releasable due to problematic interactions with humans and was scheduled to be euthanized within a week if a suitable home could not be found. PAWS' co-founders Ed Stewart and the late Pat Derby agreed to take the bear who would later be named Jack. Because Jack's need for placement was urgent, Ed and a crew made up of staff and volunteers immediately got to work remodeling a large habitat for him at our Galt sanctuary. The project included building a swimming pool for the bear.


Jack, who was estimated to be around seven years old, arrived at PAWS and began to settle into his new home. As is common with so many wild animals forced into captivity, he never seemed completely content or satisfied in his Galt sanctuary home. Pat and Ed dreamed of giving him more room to roam, in a habitat that would provide him more of what he was missing from his former life in the wild. That dream became reality when construction on the Bob Barker Bear Habitat was completed at ARK 2000 in the summer of 2011. In October, Jack was moved from our Galt sanctuary to his new California foothills home in San Andreas. (See video below.)

 

Jack's two-acre habitat was built in an oak forest - full of grass and natural vegetation, fallen logs, rocks and a custom pool - providing him with opportunities to express natural bear behaviors such as exploration, foraging, digging, and climbing. Jack enjoys the natural foods available to him which vary with the seasons. When acorns are plentiful he shakes the oak trees to make the tasty nuts fall down to the ground where they are eagerly devoured. In early spring, when the tender green grass sprouts, Jack grazes to his heart's content. (Yes, bears eat grass!) In addition to the abundant, naturally-available foods in his habitat, PAWS' dedicated staff of animal caregivers also provide Jack with a variety of protein, vegetables, and fruits each day. Part of his diet is cleverly hidden in multiple locations throughout the spacious enclosure so he can use his keen sense of smell to forage and find these hidden treats.

 

On hot summer days Jack, like all the bears living at ARK 2000, swims and splashes in his pool. After a satisfying swim in the cool water he can usually be found napping on a thick bed of leaves in the shade of a large oak tree. At night Jack can choose to sleep indoors in his cozy den or remain outside under the stars.

 

Jack's neighbors at ARK 2000 are Boo Boo and Winston, two rescued, captive-born male black bears purchased as babies by individuals who tried to keep them as pets.

 

Human-wildlife conflicts frequently end in the death of an animal. Fortunately, Jack's life was spared. Unfortunately, he will never again be able to roam freely in the wild where he belongs. The best we can do is to provide him with as much of a natural life as is possible in captivity.

 

Watch a video of Jack's first day in his new habitat by clicking here.

 


$125 Annual Adoption*

Oma (Black Bear, Ursus americanus)

Oma, born February 12, 1994, arrived at PAWS' Galt sanctuary in July of 2003, along with three other bears, Cinnamon, 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.

In early September, 2011, Oma was moved from our Galt sanctuary to her new home in the Bob Barker Bear Habitat at ARK 2000. Boo Boo and Winston are now her next door neighbors on one side, with old friends Sampson and Cinnamon on the other.

 

After her arrival at ARK 2000, Oma, the smallest and sweetest of the two female bears from Galt, happily explored her spacious, tree-lined habitat and pool.

 

Bears are the only animal species that walk plantigrade, with the heel of the foot touching the ground, like humans. They walk with a shuffling gait, and often exaggerate the gait while urinating to mark territory.

Oma spent her first few days after the move walking the perimeter of her enclosure, alternating between shuffling and urinating and exploring and foraging. Several dips into her large pool have become part of her daily routine which was much more sedentary in Galt. She is obviously loving her new home!

View photos of Oma here.

To view a video of Oma in her new habitat, click here.

 

 


$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 (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 and Cinnamon now live in the Bob Barker Bear Habitat at ARK 2000 where they were moved in June of 2011.

View story and photos here.

Watch 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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