Liberty was brought to Lions Tigers & Bears on July 4, 2010 (hence the name “Liberty”) by Fish & Game Field Agent Kevin Brennan. 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. “A fed bear is a dead bear” says Fish & Game Agent Brennan, urging the public to use restraint, “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 & Game is called in and since most bears are not able to be re-located, they are euthanized. Each year 6 to 12 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 the 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.
Donations are still needed to maintain her permanent home. Please help Liberty by donating today.