Getting Pedals The Help He Deserves
$22,725 of $15,000 goal
Please check it out here and share the story and campaign with your family and friends, https://www.gofundme.com/orphanedbearcub.
Yes, Pedals was killed on 10/10/16 by a hunter. We are devastated as I'm sure many of you are. But again this campaign was closed last year and refunds were issued within the GoFundme refund guarantee time window.
Dear Janice, It is difficult for me to write a response to your paragraph without being disrespectful, but I will try my best and I suggest you read my entire post as I read yours in its entirety. Anyone who knows anything about animals can clearly tell that this bear is underweight. There really isn't a need for a scientist to say it. Simply because he survived 2 winters doesn't mean he'll survive this one. If a woman survived breast cancer and was cancer free for 2 winters, does that automatically mean she'll be fine for every winter after that? Maybe insurance companies should stop paying for PET scans and CAT scans and MRIs on cancer survivors on the anniversary of their 3rd winter solstice. I'm sure if that happened you'd have a problem with it. Just because bears can walk on their feet doesn't mean it's ok or normal for them to do it all the time. It's impossible for a bear to sneak up on prey when they're standing, and it's impossible for a bear to charge prey if they are walking - instead of running. On a similar note, just because humans are able to crawl on all fours and swim doesn't mean we'll survive if we're demanded to do it for the rest of our lives. I dare you to tread water and see how long you last. You certainly won't last 2 years. I dare you to see how long you last crawling on all fours - without any assistance - before your knees hurt and your wrists hurt and your neck hurts. And just when someone is willing to offer help to you, someone else grabs them by the hand, and says "she's not worth it, you need to go help this person instead, they are more worthy." To properly fatten up for winter, bears need to literally consume fat, and this is in the form of animal fat. Human food scraps - though tasty - will not provide a bear enough nutrition to live a normal life span. Would you like to try eating dog food, or cat food, or maybe fish food for a week and see if how you feel. Do you enjoy it enough to want to eat like that for the next 3 years? To me, this bear most likely lost both of his paws in an old fashioned bear trap, which means humans did this to him. If you are religious, you are supposed to respect all of God's creatures, and not just the ones in human form. Humans did this to this bear, and if humans are capable of righting their wrongs, it should be done. Are you religious Janice? Have you ever said a prayer for someone you know with breast cancer? I don't care what charities you believe in and what charities you don't, it is flat out disrespectful and rude to get on a GoFund forum and challenge someone else's fundraiser (on their page!) saying it is unworthy and that "your's" is better. There is plenty of money going to breast cancer "research" and "awareness". Susan G Komen is a BILLION dollar non-profit enterprise. I think the good people of New Jersey are asking something like 0.002 % of what Susan G Komen has, and that's just for THAT particular non-profit division of breast cancer "research" and "awareness". Unfortunately, the pink ribbon campaign has raised so much money and created so many jobs, they stand to fair better if a cure for breast cancer is never revealed, and they have already been accused of promoting carcinogenic products and suppressing data about cures and prevention of breast cancer. See Janice, unfortunately, people like you are part of this entire, whole, BIG problem. People who disrespect animals usually disrespect Mother Earth. Those who disrespect Mother Earth are large contributors to issues like climate change and why our planet is going to hell in a hand basket. The cesspool that our world is turning into from people like you CAUSES cancer. Janice, were you aware that in the United States only 10% of breast cancer is definitively attributed to "bad" genes? That means, by mathematical default, up to 90% of breast cancer in the US is caused from toxins and radiation in our environment. I highly suggest you watch the movie Pink Ribbon, Inc. and educate yourself a little more on some of these topics.
Janet, I live in town as well and have encountered him numerous times. The video attached is my personal video. What you dont see is thay right before I started filming he was laying down exhausted, panting and foaming the mouth from being chased by a carload of teenagers. The video of him dragging himself on his stomach was taken by a personal friend in town. She posted it a couple of weeks ago but did not realize that it never went through. Once she realized that it never showed up on her page she immediately posted it again yesterday. That is why you haven't seen it. I've also encountered Pedals lying in the middle of the road at the bottom of a hill too exhausted to keep walking. You are wrong he is not fine. He had much more weight on him last fall. He is too thin to survive the winter and the experts we have been working with will attest to that. Imagine him dying od starvation alone in his den, or not denning soon enough do to his hunger and dying from exposure. This sanctuary wants to get him the proper care and vetting. Their goal is to always rehab animals and release them but sadly sometimes they cannot. He's not entertainment for Oak Ridge he is a suffering animal that was injured by humans. He has no way to defend himself and our neighborhoods are not his natural habitat. Scrounging for garbage because he has no other choice is not a fair life for him.
Janice The Woodlands sanctuary has never even seen Pedals in person neither has NJ F&W. They did not even know he was missing a paw until I told them this year. They thought he would be walking on 4 paws by now. HE DOESN'T EVEN HAVE 4 PAWS! Plenty of money goes to breast cancer awareness and research. Feel free to stop by one of their donation sights and make a donation if you haven't done so already. It is not for you to say where people should donate their money.
I first want to say bless you Sabrina and all those trying to help this poor bear. I made a donation and hope others continue so the goal may be reached. I read the statement on the fish and wildlife website. Unbelievable. I find it hard to believe that they have actually seen this bear lately. While we all choose to contribute to what ever charities we feel close to it is an unescapable fact that this bear needs help. I still believe much can be told about a society by the way they treat their elderly and animals.
Governor Christie [sent via web site mail]: As you should be aware, there is a group of New Jersey citizens trying to help a bear named "Pedals" that lives in the Oak Ridge, NJ area. Pedals is missing one of his front paws and the other is so badly injured that he walks on his hind legs looking for food. The NJDEP Fish and Wildlife Division has unnecessarily delayed issuing a permit to capture Pedals so that he can be transferred to the Orphaned Wildlife Center in Otisville, NY, which agreed quite a while ago to accept Pedals. Over $22,000 has been raised by a GoFundMe campaign to provide for Pedals' care. The GoFundMe campaign for Pedals the bear asks that messages to the New Jersey officials be polite, but I find that somewhat difficult. I can think of no good reason why helping this bear has been delayed so long, other than possibly he has just not been sighted lately. Do NJDEP staff need to be present when this bear is captured? If not, what would be the problem with issuing a permit? Hunting and killing animals is OK, but when people want to help an animal, it seems these days that agencies charged with management and protection too often become obstacles leading to senseless tragedy. It is getting late in the season and winter will soon be setting-in. Pedals will soon be denning and hibernating, and maybe impossible to find. It’s questionable whether he has been able to store enough fat to survive the winter. Many people say, “Let nature take its course” but we don’t live in a completely natural world anymore, and certainly Pedals is not in a natural condition, missing one front paw and unable to use the other. Wildlife today faces many challenges caused by humans, such as roads, development, degraded habitat, hunting, harassment, species imbalances, and even climate change. This winter could be particularly disruptive to the hibernation patterns of bears because of the forecast El Nino. This is likely to cause higher temperatures, but also increased precipitation in the eastern US, which could come as large wet blizzards. If Pedals was out of his den during one of these storms, it’s questionable whether he would survive if the snow became too deep for him to walk. I don’t know that anyone knows whether Pedals has actually survived a winter yet in his current condition. Are so many people these days incapable of compassion and just being helpful? Please help compassionate New Jersey citizens to help Pedals as soon as possible. I ask that your office make an inquiry with the NJDEP and strongly encourage them to issue a permit to transfer Pedals to a secure home at the Orphaned Wildlife Center in New York. Thank you, William Collins Manager, Ecologist Huron Ecologic, LLC Executive Director Thumb Land Conservancy
Hopefully the NJDFW will give their blessing and release him. He obviously is not doing well and getting by as previously stated by that agency. The Orphaned Wildlife center said he may not adapt well there either but to do nothing could prove fatal also. Logically the best thing is for NJDFW to release him. N.J. would be minus one bear from the population, it would appease those who support Pedals (including myself) His condition could be evaluated and medical needs addressed so he would benefit as well.. If it doesn't work out at the sanctuary he would have to be released back into the wild but his health and medical condition could be greatly improved giving him the chance to survive better on his own. So all around it would be a "win win" situation for everybody
Joe Chromcik it's sad when people believe everything that they hear just because it comes from and Agency such as NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife. Are you aware that they have never even come out to look at this bear? Are you aware that they did not even know he was missing 1 paw completely until I told them in July. As a matter of fact Mike from the bear division stated that they thought for sure he would be walking on all fours a very long time ago. He doesn't even have 4 paws!!!!!! Now since they have been "monitoring him" wouldn't they know that? We were requested us to report his sightings so that they can get a visual on him to get a true understanding of his condition (since they had not done so at any point in time ever!). We reported his location numerous times, he was in the same exact area for 4 or 5 days at a time. He was on the same street for hours. Do you think they came out??? Nope they never even got back to us. They just continue to copy and paste the same generic facebook message over and over and then eventually delete it when we start asking questions. Let me ask you...how many times have you encountered him in person? If you had you would realize that you are wrong as is NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife. He is not in his natural habitat. Scrounging for garbage is not his natural habitat it's his only option. He has a chance to get the proper care that he deserves. The NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife has completely desensitized when it comes to NJ black bears, it's all about the hunt these days! He has a shot here, he would no longer be their problem. There are animal sanctuaries and rehabilitation centers for a reason, and he is a perfect candidate. Many residents love having him around for entertainment but I can assure you that those of us who have been up close and personal with him numerous times see the true desperation of his situation. Watching him drag himself across someones yard on his elbows is absolutely heartbreaking.
Jance: Breast cancer? They're thieves, a for profit organization and I find it amusing that you state how animals can "heal and adapt" but you support breast cancer research? Why can't humans heal and adapt and need boggus organization to "research"? Also, I live in rural WI and have encountered numerous bears and your neighborhood bear is in serious trouble. If you ever worked with DNR or Fish and Wildlife, you'd know that a lot of them talk a lot of B.S. (includes denial, making things up even when there is evidence; but that's another story I won't get into). So Janice, If you have never seen wild bears then you have no idea what a healthy, normal bear looks and behaves like. This poor guy is not, nor is he healed or adapting well.
Janice - If Pedals is found to be able to live on his own in the wild, he'll be released to do so. However, I'm not sure how you can heal a missing front paw and a severely fractured 2nd paw. Have you seen the video from a few days ago of him dragging himself on his super thin belly?
So it sounds like F&W are thinking about it? These organisations can't be trusted with the welfare of wildlife. This quote is from the Center for Biological Diversity: " The U.S Department of Agriculture's misnamed "Wildlife Services" program apparently has no interest in changing its deadly ways. New data reveals this secretive program killed more than 2.7 million animals during fiscal year 2014. Despite increasing calls for reform, the program last year wiped out 322 gray wolves; 61,702 coyotes; 580 black bears; 305 mountain lions; 796 bobcats; 22,496 beavers and nearly 3,000 foxes. It's an ugly killing campaign carried out every week of the year with aerial snipers, exploding poison caps and cruel traps. The Center for Biological Diversity is pushing for a sweeping reform of this rogue program, which is also under investigation by the Agriculture Department's inspector general. Wildlife Services continues to thumb its nose at the growing number of Americans demanding an end to business as usual," said the Center's Amy Atwood. "This appalling and completely unnecessary extermination of America's wildlife must stop." The longer F&W are allowed to procrastinate over this, the greater the chance of Pedals being hit by a car. The media should be used to put a great big spotlight on them, forcing their hand and getting the decision we all want.
Janice Mikowski Bakera no actually it is not official enough for me or any other supporter. Please see all of the comments on NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife's facebook post. And please stop posting fake pictures of this poor bear on his facebook page trying claim that he is fine. The bear is clearly not him. Wrong paw missing, different height, different lenght legs, different size ears. You are posting false information trying to discredit everyone involved. We found the original picture of the one you claimed to be Pedals and it's shameful that you would post it on his page.
Janice, there is no proof of this out there it's all heresay and opinions. If this was true there would be photographic proof. We all have our causes that are important to us and no one is judging one as more important than the other. Please be respectful and only post information you can back up with solid proof. Thank you.
@ Michelle Miranda, perfectly said! Thank you! And I must thank Janice for reminding me that Woodlands Wildlife Refuge put out a statement about Pedals that wasn't accurate. I left this review on their fb, and I don't expect that it will there for long: "I am very disappointed that you made a misleading statement about Pedals the bipedal bear in NJ without ever verifying his true physiological condition. To me, it is highly irresponsible to do so, and jeopardise the credibility of efforts to get him help that you cannot provide for whatever reason. I will keep your sanctuary in mind, and be sure never to like or recommend it."
I'm sorry to say this Sabrina but I really believe they're playing you as I can't believe they're incapable of sending out animal specialists to track the bear and, given the amount of publicity Pedals has had, if they were ever going to do this they'd have done it by now. They're probably playing for time in the expectation that the problem will go away. Any value in reaching out to Jon Stewart who is setting up an animal sanctuary in New Jersey - his high profile might generate some pressure on these people?
From: William Collins Sent: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 10:52 PM To: bob.martin at dep.nj.gov Subject: Pedals The Bear The GoFundMe campaign for Pedals the bear asks that messages to the New Jersey DEP be polite, but I find that somewhat difficult. I can think of no good reason why helping this bear has been delayed so long, other than possibly he has just not been sighted lately. Do NJDEP staff need to be present when this bear is captured? If not, what would be the problem with issuing a permit? Hunting and killing animals is OK, but when people want to help an animal, it seems these days that agencies charged with management and protection too often become obstacles leading to senseless tragedy. It is getting late in the season and winter will soon be setting-in. Pedals will soon be denning and hibernating, and maybe impossible to find. It’s questionable whether he has been able to store enough fat to survive the winter. Many people say, “Let nature take its course” but we don’t live in a completely natural world anymore, and certainly Pedals is not in a natural condition, missing one front paw and unable to use the other. Wildlife today faces many challenges caused by humans, such as roads, development, degraded habitat, hunting, harassment, species imbalances, and even climate change. This winter could be particularly disruptive to the hibernation patterns of bears because of the forecast El Nino. This is likely to cause higher temperatures, but also increased precipitation in the eastern US, which could come as large wet blizzards. If Pedals was out of his den during one of these storms, it’s questionable whether he would survive if the snow became too deep for him to walk. I don’t know that anyone knows whether Pedals has actually survived a winter yet in his current condition. Are so many people these days incapable of compassion and just being helpful? Please do what it takes to help Pedals as soon as possible. William Collins Manager, Ecologist Huron Ecologic, LLC Executive Director Thumb Land Conservancy