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Letter — A cub was saved


We had reports of an orphaned cub at Northstar for the past several days. Ann Bryant, Bear League executive director, met with Fish and Game and Northstar Public Safety about rescuing this cub. Ron Adair of Northstar Public Safety called Ann about 5:45 p.m. July 22 to report the cub in a dumpster in Aspen Grove. By the time Ann arrived on the scene, the cub had climbed a tree.

Ann called Rosie and Monk Mann from Northstar and other members of the Bear League. There were a few Northstar guests watching this and the remained calm and quiet, knowing that we did not want to scare him away. The cub, about 25 to 30 pounds, was sitting on a tree branch about 50 feet high. We planned our strategy of proper rescue technique to make sure there would be neither injuries nor the club escaping. Everything went absolutely perfectly and when he was retrieved and placed in a cage, the onlookers clapped and cheered as this was a story of their vacation they probably will not forget.

Ann took him home and sang to him all night to calm him. The next day she took him to Rancho Cordova to the Department of Fish and Game Wildlife Investigative Laboratory for a health checkup. On July 25, representatives from Fish and and Game transported him to Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care at South Lake Tahoe, the only facility in the state licensed to care for orphaned bear cubs. This cub is the first Lake Tahoe bear to be placed in this facility for rehabilitation. In January 2003, he will be placed in a den constructed for his hibernation and when he awakens in the spring he will be a wild, free bear.

The Northstar Bear Team would like to thank California Department of Fish and Game, Ann Bryant, Dave, Kelly and John Baker of Bear League, Monk Mann, Tim Loux and Ron Adair of Northstar Public Safety for all their help. It is just awesome to know that we an all work together as a team to help our environment and wildlife, Lake Tahoe’s most valuable assets.

Rosie Mann, chairperson

Northstar Bear Team

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