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Black bear cub headed to sanctuary

Fish and Game says cub is not habituated to humans
Posted at 2:17 PM, Oct 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-23 19:40:51-04

BOISE, IDAHO — A bear cub that Fish and Game confiscated from a Boise man is headed to a rehabilitation sanctuary.

The State Veterinarian has been treating and evaluating the health of the cub, which officers confiscated from Boise hunter Charles Erickson Monday.

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Fish and Game veterinarian Dr. Mark Drew gave the bear a thorough examination, treating the bear for an abscess, infection, abrasions and dehydration.

“The bear was not habituated to humans, our primary concern when evaluating a bear for rehab,” Fish and Game regional supervisor Brad Compton said. “This cub wanted to steer clear of people, and a bear that acts this way in captivity will likely exhibit the same behavior in the wild.”

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The bear was taken to Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary near McCall, where it will share a paddock with another cub at the facility, which operates under a permit issued by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

Fish and Game plans to release the cub next spring when it is one year old.