Baby bear getting better

Male cub found injured in Chimney Rock State Park
May. 16, 2013 @ 05:32 AM

A bear cub rescued a month ago from Chimney Rock State Park near Rumbling Bald continues to recover and gain strength said Matt Popowski, public relations and events manager at the park.

James Ledgerwood, park ranger, responded to a callfrom a park visitor on April 16 about an injured bear cub on the Rumbling Bald Trail at Chimney Rock State Park.

The cub was found alone with an injured leg and was taken by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission for rehabilitation in a safe home.

"The male bear cub is doing well," said Popowski. "Somehow its left leg was injured, either by a fall or a birth defect. A wildlife biologist took care of it the first night.The next day it was eating well and walking around, although it was still favoring its left leg,"Popowski said."It was transported to a private rehabilitation center and will remain there until it is old enough to be moved to a state rehabilitation facility. After a full recovery at the state facility, bears usually go back to the same region they came from and are released in bear sanctuaries."

He said wild bears do not associate with developed areas, depend on natural foods and are afraid of humans and human-related smells. Bears are generally not dangerous to people if they are left alone.

Bears can become a nuisance if they find food around campsites, dumpsters, picnic areas, in coolers, or in vehicles that are left open. Food conditioned bears have lost their fear of people, frequent developed areas, become dependent on human-related food and garbage, cause property damage, and injure people. They are likely to be killed by poachers, hit by vehicles, or must be trapped, relocated, or destroyed.   


Popowski reminds the public: 


° Never feed bears;

° Store all food in a secure area;

° Remove all items that might smell like food from campsites;

° Remove all garbage and place it in a secure trash can.