A young grizzly cub named Valentine is recovering well in Smithers after being rescued near Golden.

Cub found near Golden recovering

The young grizzly cub that was rescued from Kicking Horse Trail this past December is doing well in Smithers.

The young grizzly cub that was rescued from Kicking Horse Trail this past December is doing well in Smithers at the Northern Lights Wildlife Society (NLWS).

“Under the expert and wonderful loving care of Northern Lights Wildlife Society Valentine the grizzly from Golden now has a real chance at life after being at death’s door, he is growing stronger every day and  is starting to take more notice of his surroundings,” wrote Wendy Chambers on her Facebook page.

Chambers is a local bear activist and volunteer with NLWS.

The young cub named Valentine was found severely underweight on Dec. 5, 2014. At the time, conservation officer Alex Desjardins estimated Valentine would have survived only a few more days on his own in the wild.

It’s still too soon to know how he’ll do after being re-released in the spring. But Angelika Langen, founder of NLWS says that results have shown that much of a bear’s behaviours and skills are instinctual rather than learned, especially when it comes to building dens.

For more information on NLWS, or to donate to their efforts, go to http://www.wildlifeshelter.com.