A tiny 12-lb black bear cub spent the night in police custody after being turned in by a teenager who found it abandoned in the bushes outside his home in Myrtle Creek, OR (about 90 miles north of Eugene). According to Police Chief Don Brown, the female cub was “very well behaved” while spending the night at the station.
"We've had two baby rattlesnakes brought into the station, but nobody has brought in a bear in the last nine years I've been here," stated Brown.
He also reported that a thorough search of the area failed to locate any sign of its mother, either dead or alive. Although Oregon’s spring bear hunting season kicked off April 1, it is against the law to kill sows with cubs that are less than a year old.
The little orphan is currently being cared for at the University of Oregon, where she underwent a veterinary checkup. Fish and Wildlife officials said the cub is a female and is in generally good health, despite being somewhat underweight. She will eventually be placed in a zoo, yet to be determined.
Oregon is home to approximately 25,000-30,000 black bears. Once fully grown, the baby could grow to be about 300 lbs.