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San Diego Humane Society’s Ramona Wildlife Center releases bears into San Bernardino National Forest

Two orphaned siblings of California black bears were recently released into the wild

Recently, two orphaned siblings of California black bears were released back into the wild.

SAN DIEGO (FOX 5/KUSI) — Two orphaned siblings of California black bears were recently released back into the wild after spending 10 months at the San Diego Humane Society’s Ramona Wildlife Center.

The bear brothers are now back in the San Bernardino National Forest, where they were rescued in July 2023 after their mother was found dead. As the Humane Society explained, the cubs were only 5 months old at the time and were considered too young to survive on their own.


While being cared for in Ramona, the bears were kept in an outdoor enclosure that the Humane Society said mimicked their natural environment. It included native plants such as California oak, pine, clover, mulberry branches, fruit tree branches, mulch, hummingbird sage, sumac, chamomile flowers and herbs.

Additionally, wildlife rehabilitation specialists monitored the bears with minimal contact to ensure they did not become accustomed to humans. Once the bears demonstrated that they could successfully forage for food and survive on their own, it was decided that they were ready to be released.

“It’s a delicate skill to raise wild bears in captivity,” said Andy Blue, campus director of the San Diego Humane Society’s Ramona Wildlife Center. “Bears eat more than 10 pounds of food per day, so ensuring they feed without our staff being seen and have enough enrichment to exhibit their natural behaviors without leaving behind human odors requires meticulous planning.”

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Bear cub siblings in care in Ramona, California (Credit: San Diego Humane Society)

The bears have been fitted with microchips and GPS collars, the Human Society reported. They will be monitored to ensure a healthy return to nature.