On a bitter cold day – the last day of January – three baby bear cubs were abandoned by their mother who had been scared off by the noise from nearby logging machines.
A Maine Game Warden rescued the endangered cubs and with the help of Maine Wildlife Biologists grafted them onto two hibernating radio-collared mama bears in the vacinity.
BDN reporter John Holyoke on Wednesday snowshed into the woods with biologists to check up on two of the bear cubs. Lucky for us he dragged along a video photographer. Jim
“Longtime wildlife biologist Randy Cross didn’t know exactly what he and his team would find in the snow-covered bear den they visited on Wednesday morning.
“He didn’t know exactly how many cubs the mother bear, named Funk, would be nursing. He didn’t know if he’d be able to recognize the cub that members of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s bear monitoring project tucked into the den a month ago, after its mother ran off and it nearly froze to death.”