Liberty was brought to Lions Tigers & Bears on July 4, 2010 (hence the name “Liberty”) by Fish & Wildlife. Liberty was living in the Angeles National Forest and had to be removed because she had learned how to get food from the campers. Each year, yearling bears like Liberty leave their moms in search of food and their own territory. Many of these bears wander into campgrounds, where their chances of survival are doomed. According to Fish & Wildlife, “A fed bear is a dead bear. Enjoy seeing the bears, take pictures, but please don’t interact with them or feed them.”
Once dependent on humans for food, these bears continue to frequent the campgrounds and become a danger to campers. At this point, Fish & Wildlife is called in and since most bears are not able to be re-located, they are euthanized. Each year too many bears are euthanized due to human contact, but thankfully, Liberty’s story has turned out differently.
Thanks to numerous donations and efforts, Liberty now has a lifetime home at Lions Tigers & Bears, comfortably situated in a four-acre bear habitat. Liberty is an omnivore, which means she eats meat, fruit and vegetables. Her favorite foods are salmon, avocado, eggs and anything sweet. Liberty loves to lounge around in her hammock and often takes a dip in her pool to cool off.