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."
This bear cub couldn't get to sleep! It was found wandering a subdivision north of Durango, emaciated with paw injuries. After being called, wildlife officers found the cub Monday morning. It's been taken to Frisco Creek for rehab. @COParksWildlife pic.twitter.com/uqooquVnWP— CPW SW Region (@CPW_SW) January 5, 2021
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.