Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Run, then hibernate!

You raise them up and then you let them go. That's what the Colorado Division of Wildlife did for two bear cubs last week. The cubs were captured last summer north of Pagosa Springs when their mother was killed by a campground operator after she repeatedly foraged in dumpsters and campsites. Her cubs were only 10 pounds when they were captured and taken to the Frisco Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. When they were released in a wilderness area north of Pagosa, they each weighed more than 100 pounds. These siblings had developed a taste for garbage when they were with their mother, but DOW officials hope that they'll forget during their hibernation and emerge as good, law-abiding bears. - Deb

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