Cottonwood Rehab was founded by Dr. Kathleen Ramsay to continue her passion for the rehabilitation of New Mexico’s official state mammal, the American Black Bear. With over 35 years of experience, Dr. Ramsay assists other various organizations across the country to provide world-class care for injured wildlife of all species. Injured or orphaned bear cubs typically arrive emaciated.
- Bears in wildlife rehab often cost up to $10,000 for food, shelter, and veterinary care
- Orphan cubs require up to 6 months worth of care before being released back into the wild
- Growing bears require up to 10,000 calories per day ($1,600/month) to meet their winter needs
- Diet while in rehab consists of fruits, veggies, nuts, various protein sources (roughly 10lbs of food per day)
- Enclosures require constant cleaning and maintenance to maintain a safe and healthy environment for growing bears