In our last post we reported on the release of four of our yearlings on April 11, 2016.  Today we will share with you the release of three more healthy yearling bears.

Tedford Bear arrived at ABR in October.

Tedford-October

This is how Tedford Bear looked in October 2015. He weighed 16 pounds.

Tedford-Nov

In November, Tedford was released into a Wild Enclosure.

Tedford-Dec

In December, he hung out in trees, despite the weather.

Tedford-March

By March it was obvious that Tedford had gained weight!

Tedford

When weighed for release, Tedford was 100 pounds!

Tedford

His eyes were covered to prevent them from drying out.

Tedford-paws

Tedford has good-sized paws.

Tedford

After workup, Tedford was ready to go back to the wild.

The next yearling to be prepared for release was Beaufort Bear.

Beaufort-Nov.

Beaufort was checked out at the UTCVM in November. He weighed 15 pounds.

Beaufort-Nov.

He hid in the log den in his Acclimation Pen.

Beaufort-Dec.

Beaufort was released into the Wild Enclosure in December.

Beaufort-Feb

In two months he had grown steadily.

Beaufort

In February, Beaufort seemed to think he was a ferocious, wild bear.

 

Beaufort

April 11th – Beaufort is carried to the staging area to prepare for release.

Beaufort

Beaufort Bear weighed 76 pounds

Beaufort teeth

He has a healthy mouth and healthy teeth.

Beaufort ready

He gets his lip tattoo and GPS collar. He’s ready to go back to the wild.

Cedar Bear came to ABR in January, suffering from a head injury that left his legs in a very weakened state.  He weighed 20 pounds.

Cedar-Jan

Cedar Bear in January. His head injury was a concern.

Cedar

Cedar was housed in a pen in the Cub Garage to allow him to strengthen his back legs.

Acclimation pen

Curator Greg showed how the Acclimation Pen was modified to encourage climbing.

Cedar

Cedar Bear climbed in the modified pen in February.

Cedar

In February, Cedar was released into the Wild Enclosure.

Cedar

Cedar Bear in March. He spent a lot of time on the ground.

Cedar

Cedar Bear in a tree in the Wild Enclosure in April. He does climb!

Cedar to staging

Cedar Bear on his way to the staging area.

Cedar

Cedar Bear weighs 94.5 pounds!

Cedar

There was no sign of the head injury. It had healed completely.

Cedar-tattoo

Cedar gets his lip tattoo.. He is ready to go.

Cedar-truck

Cedar Bear into the truck for his return to the wild.

In our next post, we will share the releases of more ABR yearlings.