Bear Rescue Briefly Closes Heavenly

Photo courtesy Liesl Kenney, Heavenly Valley Ski Resort
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CA - An injured bear forced part of Heavenly Valley Ski Resort to close Monday.

The cub hiked to the resort, even right where skiers were descending from ski lifts, according to Carl Lackey with the Nevada Department of Wildlife. Lackey tranquilized the cub and Chris Grasso with Heavenly Mountain Ski Patrol took him down the mountain.

Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care (LTWC) has taken over the cub's care. LTWC's Tom McMillham says the bear was checked out at Alpine Medical Center for a limp and contusions on his right front leg. The bear, which weighs 49 pounds, was a little dehydrated.

McMillham says the bear is believed to be a first-year cub that probably weighed 60 to 70 pounds when it went into hibernation.