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Bear found at Squaw may be moved to Texas

The bear cub that was taken from the slopes of Squaw Valley USA in March may be shipped to a Texas wildlife preserve.

The hungry, 30-pound orphan, which is about 14 months old and 80 pounds, was picked up by the Lake Tahoe-based Bear Preservation League because it had been hanging around humans and begging for food – a bad habit for a wild animal whose only chance for survival is learning to get food on its own.

She was taken to South Lake Tahoe’s Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, and California Fish and Game took the famished bear to its Rancho Cordova, Calif. facility for rehabilitation.



“It’s still at our facility,” said Fish and Game Capt. Ken Nilsson. “It’s anemic but it’s gaining about 10 pounds a week. There are no outward signs of its being sick, and a Texas zoo has shown interest in having it.”

Bone marrow tests will determine what is causing the anemia.



“Now we just have to work out who will do the testing,” he said. “If they want to do it or if we’ll do it here.”

Removing a bear from its natural habitat is illegal. Fish and Game is taking statements and writing reports on the incident and still may prosecute whoever is responsible.


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