COLEMAN, Alta. – Alberta has rescued its first orphaned black bear cub under a new policy that allows for private rehabilitation.
Officials with the province say the bear was rescued yesterday by Fish and Wildlife officers in southwestern Alberta.
This orphaned black bear cub was rescued by @FWEnforcement May 23 near Coleman, AB & is now on its way to a wildlife rehab centre. It was likely abandoned due to small size & poor condition. Call the Report a Poacher line at 1-800-642-3800 if you suspect an animal is orphaned. pic.twitter.com/mEjRDICf4t
— Alberta Environment (@AB_Enviro) May 24, 2018
The cub is now on its way to a wildlife rehabilitation centre.
Alberta Environment says the bear was likely abandoned due to its small size and poor condition.
A ban on rehabilitating orphaned bears was lifted in April after being in place since 2010.
It allows Alberta Fish and Wildlife staff to work with private facilities to allow the rehabilitation of black bear cubs that are less than a year old.