Jim and Susan Kowalczik run a center for orphaned wildlife in Otisville, New York. Their center is home to a Kodiak bear they’ve named Jimmy, a massive 9-foot, 1,400-pound bruin that the couple has taken care of since he was a cub.

While this video clip might look cute and fun, Jim and Susan are putting the 11 bears they house at risk. Judging by how close and personal they are with the bears, it would take only one deadly incident to put the kibosh on this wildlife center.

Very simply, putting yourself in a situation where a bear could tear you to shreds is dangerous and irresponsible.

Consider this: Jimmy is a wild animal, regardless of the fact that he’s spent his entire life in captivity and has a name. A mature bear could turn on Jim in a split-second, without any warning. If Jim were to be fatally injured, Jimmy the bear would automatically be killed for its violent behavior.

Image from Barcroft Animals Facebook

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7 thoughts on “Wildlife Center Irresponsibly Putting Bears at Risk

  1. If they are rescuing the cubs in a safe and hospitable environment that’s fine…but have them adapt to an environment where they can eventually be released to the wild. Lets not have Kodiak bears as pets!!!! Come on!!!!

  2. It seems unlikely that the bears pose a real risk to them, but it could happen I suppose. However, I feel that you guys should just mind your own business, since this might catch the attention of some kind of dumb law authority and they often have no idea of what they are doing and like to throw their weight around. For Pete’s sake, just leave these nice folks ALONE!

  3. So what is the point. I don’t beleive your reporting correctly the whole story here. You call it a Wildlife Center but please don’t give readers the impression the place is a rehab center/nature center like using the term Wildlife Center. This is a privately owned place, no different than a zoo, circus, etc. The owners must have all permits, etc or it would not exist…The article states that ” by putting yourself in a position where a bear could tear you apart is irresponsible” is nonsense. Bear hunters and other hunters do this all the time. Even some dog owners do this because of the type of dog they may have. Beleive me, don’t think any big animal cannot hurt you. This article is very poorly researched and written.

    1. I can see why the author of this…. story ….is anonymous ! Northern Michigan Boy is right . I see nothing to indicate these bears are more dangerous to them than a domestic horse or cow , or even my 115 pound German Shepard was to me .

  4. And Jimmy is 21 years old!! He sure looks healthy, as well as the other bears do. I’d say the couple seems to know what they are doing. I’m sure they know all the risks.

  5. It’s a shame that the NJ bear Pedals couldn’t have found a home with this couple. Instead, NJ wildlife officials let him become the target of a sick SOB who got his jollies by shooting a bear who’d become habituated to humans, who posed no threat to humans, only to die because of some sicko who thought he’d have fun shooting a defenseless crippled bear.

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