Newborn bear cubs found at Camden County residence

Published 12:05 pm Wednesday, February 12, 2020

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Two bear cubs were found in a box outside a residence in the 300 block of North River Rd. in Camden County on Jan. 28 around 7 p.m. The person who called in the discovery had stated that someone had left “puppies in a box at his residence.”

Once deputies had arrived on scene, they quickly determined that the “puppies” were a pair of very young bear cubs. Camden County Sheriff Kevin Jones said the sheriff’s office “has no idea who could have done this and why.”

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Courtesy Camden County Sheriff’s Office

The deputies did not have the means or resources to take care of the cubs, so they contacted the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission to assist. Jones said a game warden came out and took possession of the bears. At that time, the game warden had told deputies that the bears would be transported to the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro.

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After a follow-up call with the zoo, Jones said the cubs are not in the possession of the NC Zoo. The cubs are being provided care and treatment at a private facility elsewhere in the state of North Carolina. Jones said that the sheriff’s office cannot release the name of the facility because the caretakers do not want people coming to see the bears while they are being treated.

Jodie Owen with the NCWRC said Tuesday, February 11 that the cubs are with a black bear rehabber that has over 25 years of experience in rehabbing young cubs. “She specializes in orphaned cubs,” Owen mentioned.

Owen said the cubs are about three weeks old and very vulnerable right now. As far as she knows, the cubs are doing well.



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