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Mystery of bear cub found near Lake Tahoe now solved

Mystery Of Bear Cub Found Near Lake Tahoe Now Solved

Officials were puzzled by a cute, fluffy bear cub left alone on the driveway of a California wildlife organization called the BEAR League. Well, it seems they might have learned what happened.


NBC reports, 'An anonymous man phoned the bear league in Lake Tahoe this weekend and said he found the cub at a state park 400 miles away crying and hugging her deceased mother. Officials believe the call was legitimate.'

The BEAR League, which used its Facebook page to update people on the story, also pointed to the phone call's credibility:

'He knew the answer to every question regarding where she was placed, what else was out there, the color of the blanket in the kennel etc. He said he found her ... near the Humbolt Redwoods State Park.'

The caller said he notified authorities but was told to leave the 10-week-old baby bear alone. Instead, he took the tiny cub to the wildlife organization.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife said it will run the bear's DNA to pin down her origins.

The bear - named Tahoe - will be released back into her native area when she's ready.

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hollieannemiller April 28 2014 at 1:38 PM

I know you're not supposed to interact with nature, but I would have done the same thing. Good man!

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m4lucky April 29 2014 at 8:21 AM

what is fish & wildlife telling the guy to leave the cub alone? he said the cub was hugging the mama bear! so of course the babe bear will die? thank god the founder has the common sense to get the bear to the wildlife group. fish & wildlife just don't care and they're lazy! like a ten week old cub can take care of itself! thank you sir the rescuer may god bless you as you go on your way.

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James April 28 2014 at 1:45 PM

Such a cute little bugger! Good idea to take it for care then to leave it starve in the wild,
coo-doo's!!!

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talon3811 April 28 2014 at 1:49 PM

So glad this person didn't listen to other folks, but let his heart dictate what to do with this precious bear cub! Gpood for you!

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japalombo April 28 2014 at 1:49 PM

One man can make a difference - he did for this baby bear's life! Great story. I wish more people would interact positively with wildlife.

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Cathy711 April 28 2014 at 1:43 PM

I'm glad this guy used his common sense instead of listening to the "experts"...seems common sense is lacking these days.

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craimeze Cathy711 April 28 2014 at 1:53 PM

Look at king obama...need I say more? USMC

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grimesclrcbg craimeze April 28 2014 at 2:06 PM

MSMC, from Command Master Chief E9 with 34 years of dedicated service in the US Navy glad you were not on my ship with that attitude. Where's your pride? Obama did not twist your arm to join the MC it was your choice, deal with it, or get the "F" out.

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gramargo Cathy711 April 28 2014 at 4:57 PM

I can't believe the people in Humboldt told him to leave that cub alone. There's no way such a small baby could take care of itself in the wild, and it would undoubtedly have died within a short time.

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abudotcom April 28 2014 at 1:43 PM

Anyone know how the mother bear died? What a cute cub, to bad they grow so-big and so-fiery….

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grimesclrcbg abudotcom April 28 2014 at 2:08 PM

The mother was hit by a car and killed, as the article states.

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armandsmith grimesclrcbg April 28 2014 at 2:23 PM

says nothing about being hit by a car but that does happen,, people drive way too fast in areas where animals are known to roam.

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patsy_davis1 April 28 2014 at 1:40 PM

TAKE CARE OF THAT POOR CUB SINCE HER MOTHER IS DEAD!!!!!!!!!!! SHE IS NOT OLD ENOUGH TO TAKE CARE OF HERSELF! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU GUYS - NEEDING IDS, ETC.! TAKE CARE OF THE POOR THING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Denise April 28 2014 at 1:40 PM

Poor baby...

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Allien April 28 2014 at 1:38 PM

Good luck Tahoe. it's a terrible place for a bear to grow up in a world of too many humans. Me included.

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