Fast action last Thursday – the last day of January – by a Maine Game Warden kept alive three bear cubs exposed to bitter cold temperatures, who had been abandoned by their startled mother, spooked by a nearby logging operation.
After being rescued and warmed back up, in a team effort the cubs were successfully grafted onto receptive denned-up-mothers who had been located by their tracking collars.
The full details of this amazing cub rescue tale were clearly written up in this heart-warming article by BDN’s John Holyoke. Read it and you will learn something new today! Caleb, Jim & Megan
“Three tiny bear cubs are resting peacefully in new dens after their original winter home was disturbed by a logging operation on Thursday, and their startled mother fled…
“‘I certainly wasn’t expecting that type of den,’ Farrington said. ‘They told me [it was] a hole in the ground, and I was thinking of a typical bear den, with two cubs in it.’
“Instead, there were three cubs that weighed about three pounds apiece, according to Randy Cross, a biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Cross leads the state’s bear den crew, and he and his crew also headed toward Woodville to pitch in. The bears were likely just a few weeks old, he said.
“Farrington found three cubs in the ground nest, and two of them weren’t moving. Without their mother present to provide warmth, they were in danger of succumbing to the elements, Cross said.'”