In The News!
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
thanks to The Record! Click
Here to read the story regarding a yearling (18 month old) bear.
Here to read the Suburban Trends article featuring the release
of our latest endangered bobcat, "Tina"! See the release video here!
December 2011 Update -
thanks to Courier News! Click
Here to read the front page story featuring Woodlands Wildlife
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.
about Woodlands Wildlife Refuge in our Fall/Winter 2011 Newsletter
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
"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)
The Bears Have Moved Into Their New Cage!
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
"Providing bear necessities" -
"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)
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.
for photos of the 10 bear cubs including photos of the bear enclosure
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
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,
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.
for past comings and goings - click on the year below
last updated April 29th, 2014