- Associated Press - Friday, June 19, 2015

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says a malnourished, underweight yearling bear found begging for food near a Willamette Valley reservoir on Memorial Day weekend has been sent to ZooAmerica in Pennsylvania.

Spokeswoman Michelle Dennehy said Friday that the bear gained weight and regrew some hair under the care of state wildlife veterinarians at a wildlife health lab near Corvallis. Its hair had been sparse.

Agency veterinarian Colin Gillin says it’s great news that the bear found a new home but it should never have been taken from the wild in the first place. Gillin said when the bear was found that he thought it might have been taken from the wild as a cub last summer and then released before winter, after it became accustomed to humans. He says someone may have picked it up thinking it was orphaned, kept it temporarily, then returned it to the forest.

It was found east of Sweet Home.



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