‘Orphaned’ cubs not what they appear to be

brown bear cubWho can resist little bears? Apparently, not me. Here’s yet another story about a wayward cub on its way to a zoo or shelter.

Last year this blog told of cubs that fell out of a tree, or wandered inside a drugstore, or suffered bad burns in the Carlton Complex wildfire.

Now, a malnourished 25-pound cub that begged for food from campers near Green Peter Lake, northeast of Sweet Home, is in the care of Oregon Fish and Wildlife officials. A veterinarian suspects the cub may have been taken from the wild last year and became accustomed to humans.

Oregon Fish and Wildlife wants everyone to know that wild animals never should be taken from the wild. Each year people pick up cubs, deer fawns, elk calves, and other young offspring they perceive as “orphaned.”

Typically, the mother is not far away and will return – as long as humans don’t disturb her young.

“Never assume an animal is orphaned,” a state biologist told the Salem Statesman-Journal. “If you saw the parent killed or the animal is injured, call Fish and Wildlife, Oregon State Police, or a wildlife rehabilitator.”

Read the Statesman-Journal article and see pictures of the cub.

by  Jon Osterberg

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