The Betty White Challenge raised $10,827 for the Northern Lights Wildlife Society

So far Northern Lights Wildlife Society has received five grizzly bear cubs from Bella Coola this year (NLWS photo)So far Northern Lights Wildlife Society has received five grizzly bear cubs from Bella Coola this year (NLWS photo)
Northern Lights Wildlife shelter is nursing a trio of baby foxes back to health after their mother was injured in a trap. (Contributed photo)Northern Lights Wildlife shelter is nursing a trio of baby foxes back to health after their mother was injured in a trap. (Contributed photo)
A rescued black bear cub from the 150 Mile House area will be spending the winter at Northern Lights Wildlife Society in Smithers. (Northern Lights Wildlife Society photo)A rescued black bear cub from the 150 Mile House area will be spending the winter at Northern Lights Wildlife Society in Smithers. (Northern Lights Wildlife Society photo)
Bears at the wildlife shelter have been reluctant to hibernate this winter. (Submitted photo)Bears at the wildlife shelter have been reluctant to hibernate this winter. (Submitted photo)
Bears at the wildlife shelter not hibernating this winter. (Submitted photo)Bears at the wildlife shelter not hibernating this winter. (Submitted photo)
The wildlife centre has many visitors throughout the seasons. (File photo)The wildlife centre has many visitors throughout the seasons. (File photo)

The Betty White Challenge raised $10,827 on Jan 17, for the Northern Lights Wildlife Society (NLWS) which was a very unexpected and welcomed financial support, according to staff.

“What an incredible way to help beyond your lifetime,” Angelika Langen, owner of NLWS, said.

“The recent Betty White Challenge has been an amazing example of Legacy Giving. Though most of us don’t have that kind of popularity we still can have a meaningful impact on the cause we support.”

People around B.C. opened their wallets and donated to animal welfare organizations on Jan. 17 in honour of the late TV icon and animal lover Betty White. Jan. 17 would have been White’s 100th birthday.

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NLWS was founded in 1990 by Langen and her family on property outside of Smithers.

NLWS provides orphaned or injured wildlife with a temporary safe haven, before releasing them back to their natural habitat. The shelter also focuses on educating the public and research activities.

The shelter accepts animals from across the province and works in close conjunction with other shelters. They specialize in carnivores (mainly bears) and ungulates (moose & deer) but accept all mammals and birds.

Birds typically are forwarded to other shelters that specialize in their care. The Society is actively involved in a number of research projects and is also active in public education about peaceful co-existence with wildlife.

In 2007, NLWS started the first official Grizzly Rehab program in the world in cooperation with the BC Government. A total of 36 grizzly cubs have been admitted so far and are being monitored via GPS collars after their release.

Over 630 black bears have come through the facility and so far 89.6 per cent of those have been released back into the wild.

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