SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Officials say a malnourished bear cub found near Green Peter Reservoir will likely be heading to a zoo.
The Statesman Journal reports (https://stjr.nl/1PQg7fZ ) Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife veterinarian Colin Gillin will look for a zoo to take the bear in pending the bear’s physical exam tests.
The thin bear weighs 25 pounds and has lost hair on its back and rear, indicating malnourishment.
Police picked up the bear over the weekend after campers at Yellowbottom Recreation Site had reported the animal begging for food and showing no fear of humans.
Gillin says someone may have taken the bear in, thinking it was orphaned and then returned it to the wild.
The department says the situation demonstrates why wild animals should never be taken from the wild.
Information from: Statesman Journal, https://www.statesmanjournal.com
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