The plight of a grizzly bear, which was transferred to Smithers after being picked up in Nicholson, has inspired the owners of Golden Cinema and Kicking Horse Movies to try and help out the Northern Lights Wildlife Society.
Owners of the cinema, Stuart and Trish Angus, have started collecting donations for the society and made a $1,000 donation. The family had only been collecting donations for a week when they had raised the $1,000 between what people gave and a special showing at the theatre in which all the money went to the bear sanctuary.
“I just put the tin out and it just seemed like the right thing to do,” Trish said.
She added that after going on the sanctuary website and seeing what the group is doing was inspiration enough to try and help.
“We did this because we had heard about it and were looking at the pictures. When I was thinking about it and saw this poor little bear which had come to humans and it needed help. It was desperate,” Trish said. “Without the help of humans she would have died. I know people in Nicholson and Parson were feeding her which was awesome.”
Wendy Chambers is the official volunteer for Northern Lights Wildlife Society in the Golden area.
“I help them with any bears which can be rehabbed in the Golden area. They rely on donations. They have 27 bears at their refuge in Smithers. The bears will be rehabbed and released,” Chambers said.
She added that the money raised in Golden is going to go a long way to help all of the animals the group is currently looking after in Smithers.
“It is huge. This will cover some medical costs, food and shelter. They also have moose there and a lynx has just come in. It is a diverse array of Canadian animals,” she said.
She also wanted to thank everyone who has donated money.
“We are very thankful to Trish and Stuart for that. We are overwhelmed by it. They have done an amazing job,” she said. “Thank you (to those people who have donated) very much because they are making a great difference.”
The Golden Cinema will continue to take donations for the Northern Lights Wildlife Society.