Myrtle Creek Bear Cub 'Orphan' Steals Cops' Hearts

Friday, 23 May 2014 09:31 AM

By Michael Mullins

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A Myrtle Creek bear cub in southern Oregon warmed the hearts of local police officers after being dropped off Monday night by an area boy and his mother who found the cub alone, whimpering in a bush outside their house.

The teen transported the 12-pound cub in a large plastic storage bin to the police station, where the baby black bear remained overnight, entertaining his temporary foster parents in uniform and according to Myrtle Creek Police Chief Don Brown was "very well behaved," The Associated Press reported.

According to Brown, wildlife is abundant in Myrtle Creek, where residents frequently report sightings of bears and cougars in the area around their homes.

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"We've had two baby rattlesnakes brought into the station, but nobody has brought in a bear in the last nine years I've been here," Brown added.

In an attempt to locate the cub's mother, police and officials from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife searched the area near where the cub was found and employed a device that mimics a cub's distress call to no avail.

Following their unsuccessful attempt to locate the mother bear, police searched for any report of a dead bear in the area, either from a hunter or bear being hit by a car and found along a road. According to the AP, authorities were unable to find any evidence that a bear had been killed in the area recently.

Citing a report from a local biologist, Myrtle Creek officials instructed the public to leave bear cubs alone in the wild even if they appear abandoned because mothers are known to leave their young for short periods of time before eventually returning to them, KPIC-TV reported. Also, mothers can be extremely aggressive towards people if they have young nearby and feel they are being threatened.

Oregon is said to be home to some 25,000 to 30,000 black bears.

Another black bear cub made news earlier in the week, when a tornado chasing photographer caught a black bear mother saving her cub from a busy highway outside British Columbia’s Kootenay National Park and caught it all on camera.

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