Tiny bear treated at Tahoe doing fine in wild
The smallest of the first two bears rehabilitated at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care and released into the wildlands of California is alive and foraging about a mile from its den in the Marble Mountains.
Known as the “Trinity bear,” the 13-month-old cub was identified by a graduate student. The student was sent by California Fish and Game’s Redding wildlife managers to get a reading on the bear’s radio collar.
“That’s how we know he’s alive,” Fish and Game Senior Biologist Richard Callas said.
The collar was placed on the black bear in January, when Fish and Game picked it up from Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care to release it into the wild.
The bear lives on the rugged terrain of the west end of Siskiyou County in the remote Marble Mountains near the California-Oregon central border.
“This bear is on the fringe of the snow line,” Callas said.
The field trip by Humboldt State University student Aaron Diorio marks the first time Fish and Game located the bear since January. Callas said the agency plans to check on him in a few months by flying over the region in an airplane.
Wildlife managers are hoping the bear will keep his distance from civilization and other predatory, territorial bears, like his buddy from Yosemite that’s two months older.
Park rangers track the “Yosemite bear,” which also underwent rehabilitation at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care. This bear was located in his den via radio collar in March.
Black bears have doubled their numbers in the last two decades, which to the dismay of wildlife officials and environmentalists increase their chances of encountering humans.
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