Each year, the WIL oversees the rehabilitation and release of orphaned bear cubs throughout the state. With the help of non-profit wildlife rehabilitation facilities, cubs are cared for until they reach an age at which they can survive on their own in the wild.
A winter release, sometimes called a soft release, requires creating artificial dens for the cubs, encouraging them to go into hibernation. Spring releases do not require dens. Instead, the animals are released on site and hazing methods are used upon release to discourage habituation to human presence.
To learn more about the rehab and release process, check out this short video.