Kodiak Daily Mirror - ADF G euthanizes abandoned cub
ADF&G euthanizes abandoned cub
by James Brooks/ editor@kodiakdailymirror.com
Dec 21, 2012 | 227 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has euthanized an undernourished and abandoned bear cub found near a playground in the Upper Government Housing area on Coast Guard Base Kodiak.

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.

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