A six year old mama bear named Jackie and her year old cub Russell are now safe and in their forever home at the 1,400-acre Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch in Murchison, Texas.

The duo recently arrived from southern California where they were rescued in 2019 by the Fund for Animals Wildlife Center — now called Project Wildlife Ramona. The mom and cub were becoming too comfortable near humans in a suburban California community and it was not safe for the bears or the public. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife relocated them 70 miles away, to the outside edge of their territory. After they returned and CDFW attempted two more relocations, the bears would have faced a dire outcome if the wildlife center did not take them in until a permanent sanctuary could be found.

Noelle Almrud, director of the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, said, “Jackie and Russell can now safely live out their days here with no human interference. They are thriving — exploring their one-acre habitat, climbing trees, splashing in their pool and foraging in the leaves and grass. The duo already has their favorite trees — the huge oaks with plenty of branches for exploring. They can see and hear the other sanctuary resident bears — Sammi and Eve — in their own nearby habitats and their caregivers hear them all making calls to one another. It is an amazing happily ever after.”

Bears and other iconic wildlife are losing their natural habitat as suburban development expands across the country.

The Humane Society of the United States, whose affiliate the Fund for Animals operates Black Beauty Ranch, offers tips on how to prevent conflicts with bears for those communities affected on 

Founded in 1979, the 1,400-acre Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, operated by the Fund for Animals in partnership with the Humane Society of the United States, is one of America's largest and most diverse animal sanctuaries. Located in Murchison, Texas, Black Beauty is a permanent haven to nearly 700 domestic and exotic animals rescued from research laboratories, circuses, zoos, private pet ownership, roadside zoos, captive hunting operations, and government roundups. Residents include tigers, bears, primates, bison, tortoises, horses, burros and more. To respect the peace and privacy of the animals, the sanctuary is normally open to the public only twice a month for intimate prescheduled Ranch of Dreams Tours. However, due to COVID-19 concerns, tours are on hiatus until further notice. Visit

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