Rescued bear cub released into hibernation den near Truckee |

Rescued bear cub released into hibernation den near Truckee

TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) ” An orphaned bear cub should soon be snuggled into a hibernation den near Truckee for a long winter’s rest.

State Fish and Game Department officials moved up the release of the 80-pound cub to Wednesday to beat winter storms predicted the rest of the week.

The cub was rescued in September after her mother was hit by a car near Truckee. The cub has been cared for since then in a pen at the department’s Rancho Cordova facility near Sacramento.

Game wardens think the cub now weighs enough to survive the winter on her own.

She is the first of five orphaned cubs set for release this winter.

The department says that is an unusually large number of rescued cubs. They blame the increase on a dry year that forced more bears into closer contact with humans.

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