Rescued Colorado bear cubs healthy and happy
Nov 4, 2011
Baby bear cubs are thriving at a wildlife sanctuary in Colorado after their mother was shot by a Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) officer in August, KRDO News reports.
The black bear cubs had a "very low chance for survival" after their mother was shot, Jennifer Edwards, founder and lawyer with The Animal Law Center said in a press release, according to The Huffington Post.
The mother bear was killed after reports of another bear were filed with the DOW for killing a goat on a nearby farm. Elaine Johnson, owner of the ranch where the black bear was shot, said that the officer had pegged the wrong bear. She had been watching this mother play with her cubs on her property for a period of time and knew that she was not responsible for killing the livestock of the neighbors.
Despite their difficult beginnings, the baby bears are thriving at The Pauline Schneegas Wildlife Foundation, a rehabilitation and education center in Silt, Colorado, the news source reports. They will remain at the facility until early next year, officials expect, when they will be released into the wild.