Virtual Visitation

NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – Most of the bears that arrive at Bear With Us must be returned to the wild. Because of this we cannot allow visitors to see any of the wild bears (cubs). The bears chance at wild survival has been our primary concern since the inception of Bear With Us.

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Current permanent residents: Three Bears, One Wolf

Circus name Clyde. We named her Molly (at Bear With Us)
Species – Ursus Americanus – North American Black Bear
Origin – Canada
Born – January/February 1986
Sex – female
Weight – healthy 200 to 275 pounds depending on time of year
Arrival to Bear With Us – December 9, 1994
Ear tag ID, right ear, tags-#208,#209

MollyMolly (Clyde-her circus name) was an ex-circus bear who spent much of her performing life in Ireland.  Forced to be a dancing bear (trained by putting the bear in a small cage, forcing it to stand on hot steel plates and playing music; the bear learns to associate the music with the pain of having it’s feet burned), Molly developed terrible stereotypic behavior.  She was sold to a private menagerie and not well fed or cared for.  The Irish SPCA and most notably a man named Brendan Price was responsible for Molly’s arrival to the Bear With Us Sanctuary in Canada, the place of her origin.  Zoocheck Canada helped Mike McIntosh of Bear With Us financially to get Molly situated in her new country and home at Bear With Us.

Molly resides with Yogi in a densely forested 3,717 sq. metre (40,000 sq ft) enclosure which includes a pond for drinking and cooling off. 2015 celebrates Molly’s 21st year at the Bear With Us Sanctuary. Molly will be 30 years old January 2016.

Molly is a beautiful bear still shy of men.  Negative or stereotypical behaviors ceased to exist many years ago. Molly and Yogi have not been allowed to produce cubs, captive born cubs is not what we want at Bear With Us. Even though Molly can never be returned to the wild, bears are beautiful animals that should be wild and free if at all possible.

Want to know more about Molly Bear and how bears have to coexist with more and more humans?  Molly Bear has her own page on Facebook – Molly Bear and Friends ! 

Yogi: (name given by circus owner)
Species – Ursus Americanus – North American Black Bear
Origin – exact location unknown
Born – January/February 1990
Sex – male
Weight – a healthy 450 to 500 pounds
Arrival at Bear With Us  – April 19, 1995, very fat and healthy
Ear tag ID,right ear, tags -#214,#215

YogiYogi also a circus bear was never forced to perform.  He was aquired as a young cub and was kept as a pet or mascot.  Well fed, Yogi’s owner heard about the plight of Molly through the media in England.  Looking for a good home for his maturing and growing bear, Yogi’s owner called the World Society for the Protection of Animals in the UK and asked them to help find Yogi a home.  The owner of the English circus was put in touch with Mike McIntosh of Bear With Us in Ontario, Canada and it was decided that Molly should have some companionship, and Yogi would be it.  The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) in the UK coordinated with the WSPA office in Canada and Yogi’s flight was arranged from the UK to Canada and paid for by the WSPA.

Bear With Us does not want captive born bear cubs.  Yogi was given a vasectomy.  Molly and Yogi have been companions to each other since 1995.

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Bennie: We have a new addition to the bears that we will keep as permanent captives. His name is Bennie. Bennie arrived as a small cub July 2014. He had been hit by a vehicle. Bennie suffered severe brain damage and was blind. He has recovered but not enough to be returned to the wild, not enough for Bennie’s well being. He has regained much of his sight. Bennie was born January 2014. More on Bennie the Bear Cub later. Ear tag ID, RT ear 184,189, metal ear tags.

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Wolves: May 15 2014, the Bear With Us Sanctuary committed to giving three beautiful gray wolves a permanent home. The three wolves were born in an Ontario roadside zoo in 2000. They are in their twilight years and very old for wolves. There is two females and a male. They were siblings. The gray wolf is the largest species of wolf. The gray wolf may be gray, black or white. The arctic wolf is a gray wolf sub-species. We lost two of the wolves this year (2016). The wolves are 16 years old as of spring 2016. Tala, the white female is the wolf remaining. She now has the company of two very special bears, Molly and Yogi. They get along wonderfully.