Smithers Wildlife Society Focus of New TV Program
Bear cubs play in an enclosure at the Northern Lights Wildlife Society – photo courtesy NLWS
Prince George B.C.- The Northern Lights Wildlife Society and its work to rescue and rehabilitate bears in BC will be the focus of a 12 part series being filmed for Animal Planet.
The half hour programs to be titled “Wild Bear Rescue” will follow the Northern Lights Wildlife Society as they rescue and work with bears through to the release of the animals back to the wild.
The Smithers based Wildlife Society says it agreed to the filming in order to “foster understanding of wildlife rehab practices and its benefits and limitations in wildlife management.”
Northern Lights Wildlife Society co-founder Peter Langen says agreeing to have this program made was not an easy one to make “The wellbeing of the wildlife is always our top priority. A special agreement was reached to ensure that our wildlife in care would not be negatively impacted by filming.”
The Langens are the only people in BC licensed to do this kind of work.
This has been a particularly busy year for the Society, with two dozen black bear cubs and an expectation of as many as 20 more bears this fall. The society is going to have to build another enclosure in the coming months to make room for all of the bears in their care.
The project is being developed as a Canadian production but will be pitched internationally in the coming months. Wild Bear Rescue is slated to air on Animal Planet Canada in 2017.