What do you do with an orphaned bear cub?
This is a problem the Pennsylvania Game Commission sometimes faces. In this case, a sow was disturbed from her den and never returned for her cub, so humans had to get involved.
Instead of putting the cub in captivity for the rest of its life, the Game Commission places the cub with a foster mother. The way they do this is fascinating.
Orphaned Black Bear Cub Gets a New FamilyBlack bear dens blend in well with their surroundings. Every year, some dens are accidentally disturbed which may result in orphaned bear cubs. Recently, Pennsylvania Game Commission State Game Warden Mark Fair and Bear Biologist Mark Ternent gave an orphaned black bear cub a second chance by placing it with another sow and her cubs.
Posted by Pennsylvania Game Commission on Thursday, March 15, 2018
A construction crew scared off the mother of the cub in this video, leaving the cub alone.
In order to place the orphaned cubs with a new home, it seems they essentially trick the radio-collared mother bear and give her an extra mouth to feed. The Facebook post that went along with this video says this method is highly effective, boasting a near 100-percent success rate.
What a great job by the Pennsylvania Game Commission on helping give these young bears another chance!
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