Policemen aren’t the only mammals that like doughnuts! NH Fish and Game Officer, Chris Rines, was able to lure two orphaned bear cubs into a safe trap by using doughnuts soaked in half and half. The bear cubs were rescued after their mother was struck and killed by a car on Route 25. The cubs are about 5 months old and each weigh about 8-10 pounds. They are now in the care of bear rehabilitation expert, Ben Kilham, an independent wildlife biologist of Lyme, NH. Ben is a nationally recognized bear expert and author of “Among the Bears: Raising Orphan Cubs in the Wild”. They are being held in a separate enclosure until they get their sea legs and then will join the other 10 cubs in an eight acre enclosed forest. This has been an extraordinary year for orphaned cubs – some coming from their mothers being killed in car accidents others from mothers being shot by NH residents. In a normal year, there would only be about 5-6 orphaned bear cubs. The cubs will spend a year in the enclosed forest, socializing with the other bears before being released back to the wild in northern New Hampshire. It costs about $1500 per year to rehabilitate a cub so if you would like to help monetarily you may send a donation Ben Kilham at PO Box 37, Lyme, NH 03768. If you are a NH resident, New Hampshire Wildlife Services provides free electric fencing to protect property from bear intrusion. Two years ago, we were saddened to find at the end of our driveway, a young bear cub killed by a motorist. So as you travel NH’s rural roads and especially at night, drive slowly and safely being on the lookout for mother bear and her cubs as well as other wildlife.
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May 25th, 2012 by donnanandersen