SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAINS WILDLIFE SOCIETY
April 29, 2010
"Bears With Us" a bear education program I developed and direct has become my mission. As a bear advocate I give presentations at schools and community events. I respond to bear nuisance calls, evaluate the problem, educate the homeowners and have hazed bears back into the forest - emphasizing "A Fed Bear is a Dead Bear." In 2003, two day old bear cubs, Quincy and Woodie, ignited my passion for bears. Sadly, both died, leaving me with my commitment that through education our mountain residents could co-exist and live in harmony with bears. My continual education consists of attending bear symposiums, visiting renowned wildlife biologists, bear trainers, anything - Bear. I have been a caregiver to Little Bear and Snickers since 2005. They teach me on a daily basis! Native American legend believes bears are head of the Animal Council because of their strength, courage and fairness. These are attributes I endeavor to achieve. The bears have given me purpose and renew my life.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
Being able to make a positive impact on a captive bears quality of life. Being an educator and hearing positive feedback from the public. An example, "My granddaughter saw you at her school and told me to call you about a problem bear."
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every week
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Volunteer & Bear Trainer/handler and educator.