What’s cuter than a baby black bear getting a new lease on life? For the dedicated folks North Island Wildlife Recovery Association (NIWRA), they’re a regular occurrence. Young cubs arrive to the centre at about 2.5 kilograms and are released back into the wild about 18 months later.

In 1997, NIWRA made the decision to create a bear program for Vancouver Island Bears. Since then the center has spent approximately $170,000 to construct examining rooms, play areas, nursery and a 120’ x 120’ enclosure with a cave, pond, and a catch and receiving chute. The above video offers a peek into their Black Bear Rehabilitation Program.