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Bear cubs found by California highway may have been poached

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife released these photographs of orphaned bear cubs.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife released these photographs of orphaned bear cubs.(KOLO)
Published: Mar. 16, 2019 at 12:01 PM PDT
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Wildlife officials say they believe someone illegally separated two bear cubs from their mother and left the young animals along a Northern California highway.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife says its investigators are processing evidence discovered with the cubs March 9 along State Route 96.

Game wardens say they couldn't find the mother, so they took the cubs to be evaluated by wildlife veterinarians who determined they were healthy.

The cubs were then transferred to a rehabilitation facility in South Lake Tahoe.

Investigators from the department are seeking tips from the public. They said there are only a few hundred wildlife officers spread throughout California and they need help from residents to combat poaching.

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CDFW is seeking information about two orphaned small bear cubs that were found along a highway in Siskiyou County. ...

Posted by California Department of Fish and Wildlife on Friday, March 15, 2019

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