Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary Competes in Aviva Community Fund Competition
A little bit more about the Sanctuary and what they do….
Bear Creek Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary Inc. is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1989. We have been in operation for 24 years. We are funded by donations and staffed by volunteers, high school, college and university co-op students, and offer community service hours required for graduating.
We believe that an understanding of the plight of indigenous, exotic and endangered species is critical to the future survival of life on earth. The greater the knowledge we have of the creatures we share the land with, the greater chance we have of preserving our way of life. Part of this enormous undertaking is the education of our children to understand and respect the value of the creatures around us. For many of the animals here, Bear Creek was the last resort prior to euthanasia.
Bear Creek Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary (a provider of last chance, forever homes to hundreds of animals since 1989) is planning to build a Wildlife Rehabilitation Nursery to provide a safe, nurturing and natural setting for displaced fawns who will be cared for and returned to the wild when they are ready to care for themselves. Although we are a permanent home for exotics and indigenous animals, e.g. previous pets, zoo surplus, abandoned and surrendered animals, every year we come across a large problem, dealing with orphaned and injured wildlife. Although there are many wildlife rehabilitation facilities throughout Ontario, not all are able to take in and care for those that are in need. Certain facilities deal with only certain species. They fill up fast. They no longer have any room and that end result is euthanasia. Whether the animals are healthy or not, simply need a little boost in life, they will get euthanized when there is no one to take them in. Our biggest concern as far as rehabilitation goes, at the moment is for fawns. Every year we receive many calls regarding fawns. Not because of injuries, but because they have been taken from where they were left by the Doe’s. Unfortunately, many people do not realize that a fawn will be left in its place by a Doe, anywhere from 6-8 hours at a time. When the public finds a fawn, they automatically assume it has been abandoned and will remove it with the intention that they will find a rehabilitation facility that will take it off their hands. The unfortunate truth is, they are wrong. Recently, we tried desperately to find a facility to take in 3 fawns that were orphaned, and taken late in the season. After about several calls to different facilities, the responses were, “We have too many already”, “We are unable to take any from that area as we do not have a means of transportation when it comes to release time”, “We are no longer rehabilitating fawns”, and so many more reasons. Through all my calls, I was able to find 2 facilities that still rehab fawns but both were unable to take them in. As much as we try to educate the public when confronted with these situations, we ask that they please return it to where they found it, their response is that they forgot the location, or cannot get back there. We all know that every animal has a better chance with its own mother, but unfortunately, when we humans interfere, it is our obligation to correct it with the best possible care, to allow that animal to live a life as it was meant to live. In August 2013, we had a dedicated sponsor of the Sanctuary purchase 27 acres of forested land. The property is landlocked, it has no road access to it. The property is located directly behind and attached to the property that our sanctuary is on. Our sponsor has donated 15 acres of this property so that we may use it as we need it. We currently relocated 1 Black bear, 5 wolves, and a cougar from a sanctuary that had to close down. We have the opportunity to use this land for the purpose of rehabilitating wildlife with having them surrounded by natural forestry. We are asking for funding for these reasons. #1. Nursery for young animals, prior to outdoor experience. #2. Fenced in areas and outdoor enclosures for step two of rehabilitation on new property.. #3. Shelters for outdoor enclosures on rehabilitation land.
At the moment, after sourcing rehabilitation facilities for fawns this spring, we found two locations, one in Rosseau, Ontario, who are not equipped to transport fawns back to their found location, and the other in Niagara Falls, Ontario, they do not take in fawns that are too far for transportation upon release.
Building healthy and vibrant communities begins and ends with CARING. A healthy community is filled with people who care about each other, their community, the world outside their community and the environment as a whole.
As well, this initiative provides a place for caring people from the community to volunteer, learn about wildlife and their importance to our environment and, in turn, these people help to educate others. Our Outreach Program has been a great success since starting in 2001. As more people learn about the importance of native species to their environment, they will begin to care about the choices they make that impact that environment. An informed public is essential for a healthy community.
We would be the first location in Simcoe County and surrounding areas. Please visit our website at www.bearcreeksanctuary.com
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