There’s a very special place in West Virginia where a retired farmer has been rescuing bears for the last seven years. At Point View Farm, Joel Rosenthal has found his passion – the American black bear.

Joel rescued his first black bear seven years ago, and since then, he’s never looked back. He now has five young bears living with him on his farm, and he says one of his greatest pleasures in life is to go hiking in the woods with them.

Joel began rescuing bears around hunting season. On his farm, no hunters are allowed. Here, on Point View Farm, the black bear is protected by a kindly old man who just wants the bears to have a chance. This is Joel’s incredible story …

Thankfully, not everyone wants to hunt the magnificent black bear. Some people would rather it was protected. One such person is the aforementioned Joel Rosenthal, a kindly retired farmer from West Virginia.

Joel’s passion for conserving, rescuing and releasing black bears started 7 years ago when he rescued a young bear cub after its mother had been shot by hunters. Joel decided he wasn’t going to stand by and let the cub suffer a similar fate, so he decided to take it in. It was the start of a whole new chapter in his life.

Over the next seven years, Joel rescued lots of bear cubs. He provided them with shelter, love, care and attention. When the bears were ready – and when hunting season was over, of course – Joel released them back into the wild.