We need YOUR HELP to build a new structure needed to help rescue animals we have not been previously able to rehabilitate on site…BLACK BEARS! We are calling this facility the Apex Predator Enclosure, or APE.
Black Bear populations are returning and growing in our Sonoma County! However, the wonderful area that we share with bears has changed dramatically in the nearly two centuries since bear populations were decimated. The increase in wildfires is especially threatening to our bear population. Even if a bear was able to survive a wildfire, the resultant scarcity of food and the painful burns on its paws as it traverses the burnt landscape that used to be its territory makes survival questionable. This is especially true for cubs and young bears. Indeed, bear cubs commonly require rehabilitation due to disease, loss of habitat, fire injuries, or being orphaned.
Last year, on March 26, 2020, Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue became one of only a few sites in all of California to receive approval to rehabilitate black bear cubs. We hope you are as excited as we are by the opportunity and honor we have been given by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Since receiving our permit, we have spent considerable effort and time planning for what will be required for bear cub care. Now we need you!
We are fortunate to have the 8.3 acre property that the County of Sonoma allows us to use for rehabilitation of native wildlife. We have already identified a secluded location on our grounds to situate the approximately 20,000 square foot APE facility. In the past, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has also transferred orphaned or injured mountain lions into our care. This APE facility will consist of a building with a medical area and small rehabilitation enclosures with den boxes; a large outside rehabilitation area – all to be enclosed with escape-proof perimeter fencing. This facility will have the capacity to care for mountain lions as well as bear cubs. It is a quiet, forested location with a breath-taking view and is ideal for healing and growing!
There are 3 specific areas of support needed for the Apex Predator Enclosure to become a reality:
1. Financial Donations
2. Construction Consultation
3. Natural Outside Enclosure Construction
A project as important and significant as creating a bear cub rehabilitation facility is complicated. Of course, we cannot include all details in this first plea for your assistance. We have a team of 12 wildlife professionals who have created our vision for the Apex Predator Enclosure. We are very serious and ambitious about the APE.
We are eager to meet with anyone who has a way to help. If you need more details about the project plans, legal documents of approval for bear rehabilitation from the state, budget line items, or management plans to oversee these efforts, then just let us know. Please join us and help build the capacity for Sonoma County Wildlife to provide healing care to bear cubs who will be in need in our local community.
If you would like to make a donation towards our APEX Predator Enclosure, please use the link below. If you would like to support this project in other ways or if you would like more information, please reach out to Executive Director, Doris Duncan, at email@example.com.
Our staff veterinarian, Dr. Dan Famini, examining a local bear cub with severe mange.