Brainerd Kennel Club Sponsors Bear Cub

The Brainerd Kennel Club is showing its support for all animals, not just dogs, by sponsoring a bear cub!

From club member Pat Cunningham

Brainerd Kennel Club (BKC) has sponsored a baby bear cub from the Wild & Free Rehabilitation Center after their May “Paws & Tails” presentation at a BKC meeting.  By sponsoring this little cub, she will be able to grow up as a wild bear at the rehab center and once she’s able to survive on her own, she will be released back into the wild.  

“The bear cub was found on April 18, 2015, in  Cass County, Minnesota. It was then brought to the Wild & Free Wildlife Rehabilitation Center the same day by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).   

After speaking with the DNR officer, it was determined that the bear cub had been found lying in a ditch on the side of the road. We believe that it had been in the ditch for three to five days before being found and the whereabouts of the mother was unknown.

The two veterinarians at Wild & Free performed an examination and found that it was a female weighing 3 lbs., 11 oz. Since she probably hadn't eaten anything for three to five days, she was suffering from malnutrition and dehydration, and was very cold and weak.  She also had a problem with one of her front paws and the veterinarians were worried that the leg may have been broken.

The bear cub was put on a high nourishment feeding program to try to strengthen her before any other tests were performed. Within two days, she was more alert and showing signs of getting stronger. At that time, an x-ray was taken of her front leg and it was negative.  Apparently, the muscles were just weak and the hope was that the leg would regain strength as she recovered.

The cub was sent to the Wild & Free building where our volunteers and the Garrison Animal Hospital technicians continue to give her fresh food and water each day. She continues to get stronger and the hope is that  she will be healthier and back to normal within the next few weeks.  Her prognosis is good as she has a feisty disposition.

During the first week of May, we also received two more bear cubs after their mother had been killed by a car. The three cubs have been put together in one of the rooms at Wild & Free and all three are doing very well at  this time.” - Wild & Free

To follow this little guy's progress and to check out Wild & Free, click HERE.