Our Bear Facilities
For the rehabilitation of black bears we have a well treed 3.5 acre enclosure containing a transportable den built for hibernation. This transportable den can be used for winter releases.
In a winter release the den is transported to the selected release site and left there, in the spring the bears wake up from their hibernation and come out of the den, in their own time, to find themselves in a new world!
We were fortunate, for our 2006 bear release, to be allowed to winter release our bears on federal land near Cold lake Alberta. this is a protected area with no bear hunting for our bears are very lucky bears! Once the bears have left their transport/hibernation den, the den is winched back onto the trailer and brought back to CEI by Alberta Fish & wildlife department. All CEI bear releases are undertaken in partnership with the Alberta fish & Wildlife department. Previous bear releases have been undertaken in the late Summer when wild food sources are plentiful, but with increased oil and gas exploration and increased logging it is getting harder and harder to find areas to release bears where they will not come into contact with people. That is why we are so appreciative of DND’s offer to accept more rehabilitated wildlife if the protected habitat at Cold Lake is suitable.