He was hand raised by staff at the centre, led by the owner Robin Campbell who developed a life-long bond with Knut.
Throughout his life at the centre, Knut helped educate carers to better understand black bears and led to the development of the centre’s rehabilitation program, which has cared for and sent hundreds of sick, injured or orphaned cubs back into the wild.
Knut will be laid to rest at a special site in the recovery centre which will be accessible to the public.
North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre staff and volunteers rehabilitate hundreds of injured and sick Vancouver Island animals every year, primarily birds ranging from ducklings and eagles, to ravens, hawks and owls.
About 20 animals unable to fend for themselves in the wild, including black bears, are permanent residents of the non-profit refuge just west of Parksville in existence since 1985.
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