Jackson the bear cub was all alone. One rainy spring night he lost both his siblings as well as his mother. Suddenly, his whole world, his whole family, was torn from his tiny paws.
When Jackson was rescued by wildlife rehabilitators he was beyond consolation. He isolated himself and became withdrawn, exhibiting symptoms of depression and severe anxiety. And the most heartbreaking part: he climbed to the highest point in his enclosure and cried a heart wrenching mewling sound for days.
Jackson refused to eat and he didn’t want to play with any of the other bears. He was heartbroken and all alone simply because his family was deemed a “nuisance.” The saddest part is that Jackson was one of the lucky ones – most orphaned bear cubs never get rescued.
Jackson’s story is not an isolated case, nor are bears the only animals in Canada who have their families ripped apart by human-wildlife conflict. Beavers, coyotes, wolves, skunks, raccoons, squirrels, foxes, bobcats, lynx, and cougars are some fur-bearers unfairly referred to as a “nuisance.”
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Photo by John E. Marriott