March 29, 2015
She's only 10 weeks old and already a handful.
But Gracie, a black bear cub, is adjusting to her new home at
Animal Ark Wildlife Sanctuary near Reno.
The cub was brought to the nature center three weeks ago after
being found in a backyard east of Winnemucca.
State wildlife officials said someone in Elko bought the bear
from a licensed entity in Utah, then sold it illegally to a
resident in Golconda. Charges are pending.
"They don't even make good pets at this age, much less when
they're 200 to 300 pounds," said Carl Lackey, a biologist with the
Nevada Department of Wildlife.
"She's a handful now and not even 20 pounds."
Because the bear likely was born in captivity, it will remain at
Lackey said cubs stay with their mothers for about 18 months.
Gracie will be fed milk from a bottle for a few months. She also
likes rice cereal and applesauce, and will be introduced to new
foods over time.