Orphaned Bear Cubs Released Into Hibernation On Pikes Peak (Colorado)

Orphaned Bear Cubs Released Into Hibernation On Pikes Peak (Colorado)

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Orphaned Bear Cubs Released Into Hibernation On Pikes Peak (Colorado)

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“Truth is, there is no graceful way to slide a 131-pound bear cub into a den. It takes muscle and determination. Once inside a drug was administered to reverse the tranquilizer and awaken the bears. Hopefully they’ll remain inside until spring.” -CPW SE Region Twitter

Two bear cubs, whose mother passed away last summer and were under the care of humans since her death, were placed in a man made den on top of Pikes Peak in Colorado on the morning of Friday, January 28th.

The two cub’s mother was shot and killed near Woodland Park in July, and the bears were taken to Wet Mountain Wildlife Rehabilitation where they were taught basic skills to living in the wild, like a fear of humans, and fed foods that they would eat in the wild.

The nearly one-year-old bears were placed in a den to hibernate until spring, when they will hopefully emerge as true wild bears, avoiding humans and accepting their new lives doing bear things.

The process of releasing the animals was documented on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Southeast Region’s Twitter.

The search for the individual who shot the cubs’ mother is still ongoing, and any information regarding the incident should be directed to CPW at 719-227-5200, 877-265-6648, or game.theif@state.co.us.

Images and Video Credit: CPW SE Region Twitter

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