According to an email from ADF&G regional wildlife supervisor Larry Van Daele, the cub had been seen for the past week in Bells Flats near the Kodiak Fairgrounds without any sign of its mother.
On Wednesday, the cub moved on base, and base officials issued a warning to stay away. Military police, Alaska Wildlife Troopers and ADF&G responded after the bear climbed a tree.
After the bear was tranquilized, Van Daele said he discovered it was extremely underdeveloped, loaded with parasites and emaciated. Despite being 11 months old, Van Daele said the bear was the size of a 5-month-old animal and the smallest he has ever seen in December.
While initial plans were to capture and transport the cub to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage, Van Daele said the bear’s condition made its survival unlikely.