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NDOW Catches, Saves Orphaned Bear Cub's Life

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Last Thursday, we told you a female bear and one of her cubs were hit and killed by a car on old Highway 40, in Verdi.

Over the weekend, one of the mother bear's cubs was caught by the Nevada Department of Wildlife.

NDOW says the nine-month-old cub is only 30 pounds and would not have survived winter without the mother.

Chris Healy, public information officer for NDOW says they caught the cub over the weekend, but how they did it is what's unique.

"What we ended up doing was using the carcass of the female in a trap in order to trap the other cub that was a littermate of the cub that had been hit and killed by a car. That was on Friday night we decided to do that and we placed it in the trap and had some good fortune."

Healy says the cub walked into the trap between late Saturday night and early Sunday morning.

He says NDOW microchipped the cub and gave it an ear tag.

Healy says the cub was taken to Animal Ark, so it could survive the winter.

Animal Ark staff will feed it and try to keep it away from humans as much as possible to prepare it for release in a few months.

In a month or so, the cub will go into hibernation.

"Then, sometime in February, maybe even early March, those plans have yet to be made, the cub will be taken into the Sierra back country and placed into an artificial den."

Healy says there is a possible third cub out there, but they aren't sure. NDOW is leaving the trap out Monday to try and catch it. If it is in the area, they will try and help that one as well.

To report bear activity, you can call the NDOW hotline that's 775-688-23-27 or 688-BEAR.

Written by Chris Ciarlo

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