Last week a black bear cub was released back into the wild at the Sagehen Creek Field Station, near Lake Tahoe. This is the third orphaned bear cub to be released in this area. All three cubs mothers were killed by being struck by an automobile. Releasing the cub:
involved sedating the cub, transporting him via snowmobile to the release site, placing him in an igloo-style plastic dog kennel with his bedding and covering the entrance with pine and fir boughs.
Here he can sleep in throughout the remainder of the winter. With the amount of snow that fell last weekend I am wondering if the cub will be able to digs its way out to take a look around. But I am sure the experts have thought of these things. I am happy that biologists have been able to assist these young bears in survival in this big bad world without their mothers.