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- Summer 2014 Update -


This one's just for FUN! A few weeks ago we successfully moved 10 bears into their new habitat. Shortly after, we received bear cub #11, "Tornado". All 11 cubs are happy in their new enclosure which includes a pond, stream, waterfall, two dens, two climbing structures, several tunnels, lots of greens, and an occasional shower! Enjoy this video of bears having fun!  Click here to see the photo album of their moving day! It takes a lot to care for these animals. Donate towards their care by clicking here.

- May 2014 Update -

Lady Jane Canadian Lynx Explores Her New Enclosure For The First Time!
YOU made this possible through last year's Gala Cat House donation challenge!


                                                     

- January 2014 Update -

- December 2013 Update -

Woodlands Wildlife Refuge is proud to announce that its founder and Executive Director, Tracy Leaver, received the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ's Women & Wildlife Inspiration Award on Dec. 4.

See Hunterdon Democrat Article Here

- December 2012 Update -

Alexandria Township's Woodlands Wildlife Refuge announces 'Broke Leg Bear' book wins award - December 1st, 2012- Hunterdon County Democrat

- August 2012 Update -

"N.J. wildlife refuge gives injured, orphaned animals a second chance"- Aug 14, 2012- Hunterdon County Democrat

- June 2012 Update -

May 10, 2012

Many thanks to The Record! Click Here to read the story regarding a yearling (18 month old) bear.

April 23rd, 2012

Click Here to read the Suburban Trends article featuring the release of our latest endangered bobcat, "Tina"! See the release video here!

- December 2011 Update -

December 18th, 2011

Many thanks to Courier News! Click Here to read the front page story featuring Woodlands Wildlife Refuge!

- March 2010 Update -



In October, all 8 bears were moved to the large bear enclosure to continue their journey toward release in the spring. The bear that suffered a bad concussion was determined completely healed and functional in December. It was a great day when we watched as he ran and climbed a tree after some of the other bears!


All of them are denning in the same den. It must be very cozy in there. This winter's snow storms have given these bears something to sleep through as well as play in! Watching yearling bears romp and roll in the snow is just too funny. They must do it in the wild as well. As one person said while watching, "If they could make and throw snowball I am sure they would!"



These 8 bears will be released in the early summer to start again, their lives in the wild as wild bears. We truly appreciate everyone's support in caring for the bears.

- July 2009 Update -

Click above image for more photos!

In a mere 5 weeks we have once again received 8 orphaned bear cubs to care for!

One is from an unknown reason, as the cub was observed wandering Motherless throughout neighborhoods in northern Jersey.

One fell 27 feet inside a hollow tree. Its Mother tried for three days to dig him out until rescuers
cut a hole for him. Unfortunately, Mom never returned.

One was found lying in the road after being hit by a car and suffering from serious heat trauma.
After five days of unconsciousness this little one is back on his feet and slowly regaining all of his senses.

Two are siblings of a Mother that had to be destroyed after repeatedly breaking into a garage.

Three siblings were brought to us after their Mother was killed by a car.

As always, it is only through the support of a very generous public that can continue the work we do for New Jerseys Wildlife.

Read about Woodlands Wildlife Refuge in our Fall/Winter 2011 Newsletter below!

Also, please click on the links below for press coverage that the 2008 black bear
release events received!

"Woodlands prepares for bear release" - May 28, 2008 The Record Online (video)

"2 bears released back in the wild" - May 29, 2008 The Star Ledger (story)

"Back into the wild" - May 29, 2008 The Star Ledger (video)

"Orphan bear cubs released into wild in NJ" - May 29, 2008 WNBC New York (video)

"Bears go wild"- May 29, 2008 The Record Online (video)

"2 bear cubs that spent past year in refuge released" - May 29, 2008
Associated Press
(story)

January 2008

The Bears Have Moved Into Their New Cage!

Click here to see photos of their big day at Woodlands!


Bear Enclosure Stories!

Please click on the links below to check out the news stories as regarding the bears and the cage enclosure build in 2008.

"Orphaned Bear Cubs Move to New Habitat" - The Advertiser-News

"Orphaned Bear Cubs Get Bigger Digs" - NorthJersey.com (The Record)

"Providing bear necessities" - The Star-Ledger

"Ten bears need bear necessities" (with video!) - ABC News Story

"Big bears, once little orphans, strain nonprofit's resources" - Newhouse News Service

"Orphaned bear cubs to be released" - NorthJersey.com (The Record)

December 2007

The Bear Update

The bear cubs that arrived in June have grown a lot and are doing very well. We recently moved Wicked (the first bear that arrived in May) with “Broke Leg Bear” and they are both quite happy! This is very good for Broke Leg Bear as she has not been with another bear since her injury in June. Her recovery from a serious leg repair surgery took quite some time. She is moving pretty well now and there are few doubts she will be strong enough for release in the spring. Click here for photos and story of "Broke Leg Bear".

The new bear enclosure so many of you generously donated towards is almost complete! This large construction project got started just this month after many delays. The wonderful out pouring of volunteer help to make this happen in record time has been magical. We are expecting to move the bears into their new home very soon. Click here for photos of the 10 bear cubs including photos of the bear enclosure project!

The bears are all doing great and thanks to ALL of you who have already donated generously. We really need these funds...so please keep them coming!

A Bobcat at Woodlands!

Thanksgiving week brought us a badly injured bobcat. She had been struck by a car and took the full force in the face. Here injuries included several broken teeth, a badly lacerated tongue and a bottom lip just about torn off. To make it even worse she had a deep puncture wound above her tail and was suffering from a bad concussion. A quick emergency trip to the Clinton Perryville Animal Hospital and a few x-rays later amazingly showed no additional injuries or fractures. Dr. Niebojeski pulled remaining tooth fragments from her lip and sutured it back into place. After a few days of a soft diet (not easy to convince a bobcat to eat) she began to be able to bite small amounts of harder food. Within 10 days she was eating her regular food and behaving in more normal fashion. We are happy to say that she has been moved to an outdoor enclosure and will be released soon. Having the opportunity to help one of NJ's endangered species is truly a wonderful experience. See her before and after photos here!

For a copy of news stories about the orphaned bear cubs, please click the links below:


The Advertiser News (6/15/2007)


The Bergen Record (6/27/2007)


The Express Times (6/12/2007)


Hunterdon Democrat (6/14/2007)


The Star-Ledger (6/9/2007)


TV Jersey Story (6/19/2007)


WABC News Story (6/7/2007)

For an informative brochure published by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection about living with bears in New Jersey, click here.

Please note working with almost 600 wild animals a year and preparing them for release prevents us from being open to public visits. Please continue to check our web site for updates on these precious cubs as well as other wild comings and goings on at Woodlands.

Everyone at Woodlands greatly appreciates your support and generosity.


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