LAKE TAHOE, CA - The Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care Center is now caring for the first bear cub of the season. The four and a half month old black bear cub arrived on Memorial Day. He's described as in very good health, and weighs roughly ten pounds.
The cub was found near it's mother, which was dead. Tom Millham of the Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care Center said it is not clear how the mother died. The cub was found on the Hoopa Indian Reservation west of Redding.
"Obviously a mountain lion or some other large animal might be able to cause (the cub) problems," Millham said. He said the cub will remain at the center until it's ten times as big as now. Then, the cub will be released in the area it was found.
"Some of the other volunteers call him: 'Hoopa,'" Millham said.
The bear is being fed fruit and lettuce, and will soon be moved from a smaller cage to a larger one, Millham said.
"The normal practice is to release them during the winter time when they're in hibernation, we put them into hibernation," he said.
Until then, the bear will have minimal contact with people, Millham said.
He added it would not be unusual for more cubs to arrive at the center in the coming months.