A 12-lb bear cub was dropped off at the Myrtle Creek police station in Oregon by a teen and his parents. The teen said he heard the cub whimpering in the bushes and when he went to investigate this baby bear popped out, according to Fox News on May 23.
The teen put himself in danger picking up the cub because if the mother bear was nearby he could have been mauled. The mama black bear could have been as big as 300 lbs., report authorities. Female black bears grow to that size.
According to the Register-Guard today, Myrtle Creek Police Chief Don Brown said that if you come across any wildlife in distress, like this baby cub without its mother, it is important to call the authorities to come out and retrieve the animal. This is for your safety and the animal's safety.
The teen said that the mother bear was nowhere in sight. The teen had the bear in plastic storage bin and it spent the night at the police station. Police and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife returned to the area where the bear was found and used a device that mimics a cub in distress, trying to entice the mother bear to come out.
After an extensive search of the area, no mama bear was found. The female bear cub was checked out by a vet and found to be fit as a fiddle, other than being a bit underweight. Next stop for the abandoned baby cub is a zoo, but which zoo the cub will go to has not been determined as of yet.
The police officers spent an enjoyable night babysitting the bear cub. They fed the well-behaved cub and played with her to keep her amused. It is a mystery what happened to the cub’s mother.
Although bear hunting is in season, it is against the law to kill a mother bear with a cub that is under a year old, like this cub. Police have no reports of a female bear killed by a vehicle. Since the cub was a bit underweight, it could have been without its mother for a short time.
Myrtle Creek is 90 miles south of Eugene and it has its fair share of Oregon’s 25,000 – 30,000 black bears living within its boundaries. Bear sightings are frequently called into area police departments.