A young black bear is getting some much-needed care after being found malnourished and injured in southwest Colorado.

The bear cub was spotted wandering around and eating from bird feeders, just north of Durango, emaciated with bloody paws.

"This bear cub couldn't get to sleep," tweeted Colorado Parks and Wildlife. "It was found wandering a subdivision north of Durango, emaciated with paw injuries."

Wildlife officials were able to locate the malnourished bear cub with injured paws on Monday after receiving multiple calls. It's unclear if the bear was abandoned by its mother.

The cub was sedated and transported to the Frisco Creek Rehabilitation Facility for evaluation and treatment of its injuries. According to officials, the cub will remain there until it's ready to be released back into the wild this spring.

If you encounter wildlife that appears sick, injured, or in need of care, please contact your local Colorado Parks and Wildlife office.

Editor's Note: Do not feed the bears! Not only is it dangerous, but it's also against the law. Whether it's a dirty grill or a hummingbird feeder, be sure to remove all attractants and haze bears away that come near your home. Garbage cans should also be securely stored inside a locked garage, shed or, barn. 

Breanna Sneeringer writes about news, adventure, and more for OutThere Colorado as a Digital Content Producer. She is an avid adventure seeker and wildflower enthusiast. Breanna joined OutThere Colorado in September 2018.


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