Two more bear cubs enter Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care center |

Two more bear cubs enter Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care center

Emily Aughinbaugh, Tribune staff writer

Just days after the first rehabilitated bear cubs in California left Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, two more entered the facility for help.

Two 10-month-old bear cubs, weighing 11 and 19 pounds, were brought to the facility Wednesday after being given a clean bill of health by the California Department of Fish and Game’s Rancho Cordova veterinarians.

The goal for Wildlife Care Executive Director Cheryl Millham is to fatten up the two underweight cubs.

Typically, bruins 10 months of age weigh about 80 pounds, according to BEAR League Director Ann Bryant, but Millham said she’s hopeful the cubs will pull through.

“They’re eating formula out of a dish that is baby formula, high in calcium and nutrients,” Millham said. “They have no reason not to sleep and eat and just gain weight.”

Because bear rehabilitation is so new in California, Millham said she is conferring with a bear rehabilitator in Idaho who has already seen 10 orphaned cubs this season.

Millham said the mothers of the cubs under her care could have died of old age, been legally killed by hunters, poached or hit by a car.

Millham said if the cubs get up to 50 or 60 pounds by spring they can be released back to Janesville, Calif., and Sorensen’s, where they were rescued.

Fish & Game requires the bears be released within 50 miles of where they were found.

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