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Ponderosa the black bear cub now housed at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care | South Lake Tahoe

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South Lake Tahoe, California – Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care has a new guest in residence, Ponderosa, a bear cub.

The 25-pound black bear arrived at the South Lake Tahoe facility on Thursday. It is monitored by the community of Ponderosa which is located east of Porterville, California, near the Sequoia National Forest. It is not known how he separated from his mother.

The cub will be 10 to 11 months old in the LTWC until it is ready to live on its own. They will feed him and teach him the skills needed to survive in the wild. Since he is eating he will not go into hibernation. Ponderosa (most cubs in the LTWC are named after the region they come from) are generally healthy, well-fed, and have no obvious injuries or health problems.

This new arrival marks the first new resident of the bear since the 2021 fire season, completion of renovations to bear enclosures, and renewal of a bear rehabilitation license from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. LTWC expects to welcome additional bear cubs during the 2021/2022 winter season.

“We’ve been through with flying colors,” LTWC spokesperson Greg Ervani said of the license renewal.

Over the summer, Cub Tamarack escaped his ban at LTWC and is now thriving, even with his claws burning. Improvements have been made in the center to the satisfaction of fish and wildlife.

There is an opportunity for people to support the care facility, either by making a donation through December 31 which will be met by two senior supporters or helping with food and care needs. Become a wildlife champion by visiting LTWC.org and following them on Facebook or Instagram.

The Ponderosa community had been watching him and hoping his mother would return, but after weeks of being alone, California Fish and Wildlife decided it was best to send him to the LTWC for his overall care and well-being.

LTWC will continue to update everyone on its progress via its various social media pages.

Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, founded in 1978, strives to protect and keep wildlife healthy. Through our mission to rescue, rehabilitate, and release orphaned and injured animals, LTWC has successfully released more than 18,000 animals back into the wild with the support of our Wildlife Champions. We are one of three black bear rehabilitation centers in California. LTWC is a Tax Recognized Federal Nonprofit Charitable Identifier (94-2799765) with 501(c)(3) status. They partner with educational institutions to use the latest technology and animal care practices to rehabilitate the animals and birds in their care.


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