Rescued grizzly returned to the wild

Jenna McMurray, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:19 PM ET

CALGARY ─ Littlefoot is back where it came from.

It's believed the young grizzly bear was orphaned last fall and somehow survived the winter alone.

"It's very unusual that he survived," said Angelika Langen, co-founder and manager of the Smithers, B.C.-based Northern Life Wildlife Society (NLWS), which rehabilitates bears.

"He was not in good shape."

Littlefoot, who is about 1 1/2 years old, was found by a conservation officer at the Fernie, B.C., ski hill in June, weighing just 49 lbs., said Langen.

He was transferred to NLWS, which has been rehabilitating grizzlies since 2007, and has been rehabilitating black bears since 1990.

The rescue, transport and release of orphaned grizzlies is part of a pilot project between the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), NLWS and the B.C. Ministries of Environment and Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.


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