Bowser will be getting a new home soon.
His owner, Stanton Pace, always wanted to increase the size of Bowser's living quarters, but now his plan is officially coming to fruition.
“If I could, I would fence in the whole 20 acres and go interact with him,” Pace said. “Allowing Bowser to experience nature and watching him just be a bear in a much bigger environment will be an amazing experience.”
Bowser's current home is around 4,000 square feet with six trees and a pool. His new home will be roughly 50,000 square feet with a real pond, a hill to climb and a more natural den dug into the hillside.
“This new enclosure will allow Bowser to experience several different environments within the same area,” Pace said. “The connection I made with Bowser and his spirit led me to making his home bigger.”
One of the new additions to Bowser's new sanctuary will be free visits and a safe place for those who wish to experience nature and meet a friendly Black Bear. Along with the new home, there will be several picnic tables and benches for those who want some peace and quiet in nature.
“We have never turned anyone away as long as they call ahead and make sure I'm here,” Pace said. “When Bowser's new home is complete, we will offer a judgement free place for those who want to share Bowser's amazing spirit.”
Along with Bowser, Pace has two horses, two American Bison and a pack of Great Danes that can be found roaming around the property and a few Redwing Blackbirds that call the cattails in the pond home.
“This is not only a place to come experience the spirit of these magnificent animals, but we want to provide a safe place for anyone who is hurting, depressed, overwhelmed, or feels like the world is crashing in on them,” Pace said. “I will never turn anyone away that wants to connect with nature or that simply needs someone to talk to.”
When first throwing around the idea of opening up a place for people to come and be with nature, Pace will admit he was scared.
“I started off with a sense of fear, thinking I needed to guard people from Bowser,” Pace said. “After I let go of that fear and realized that Bowser has a special gift and an amazing spirit, I knew we needed to do something to share that with people who need him the most.”
Pace is recovering from a battle with addiction and wants to help those going through similar situations to know they always have a place to go if they need someone to talk to or just get away from the day-to-day struggle.
“As a person in recovery, I don't want anyone to feel the despair that I went through,” Pace said. “There's no greater truth than coming out in nature. Compassion alone can change a person's life and that's what we want to offer here. We are not counselors, therapists, or tied to any group or medical facility. If you ask we can direct you to someone that knows more than us about treatment.”
On Saturday, May 26, at 9 a.m. Pace and a group of volunteers will begin adding fencing, pathways, benches, garden beds and improving Bowser's pen for his comfort.
Those wishing to help out ahead of the May 26 date, can contact Pace at email@example.com or donate to the GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/bowsershabitat.