Orphan Cub Finds Home Plate for the Holidays
An orphaned bear cub decided to go to school today. The cub climbed up the fence behind home plate on the High School boy’s baseball field on Highway 96. Hoopa Valley Tribal Forestry wildlife biologist Mark Higley said the cub likely wandered down from the nearby mountains in search of food and became frightened. After getting a feel for how to maneuver on chain link, the cub decided to scale back down the fence. A team of Forestry wildlife technicians were waiting below with a live trap. “We hope to catch him before he ends up causing an accident or getting hurt on the highway,” Higley said. When the cub was back on the ground the team gently herded him into the live trap. Higley said it is a “first year cub” that needs its mother for at least another nine months. Higley said he’ll make “some calls” to see where to take the cub adding that release into the wild could mean a miserable death for the orphaned cub.