|ABANDONED CUBS FIND HOMES|
|March 07, 2001 12:00 am|
After some searching, two black bear cubs, rescued by Brookings logger Dave Hodges, have found a home at Wildlife Images in Grants Pass.
Sara Corzine, Hodges sister, delivered the bears to the facility Monday, the same day it was discovered the wild animal rescue center would take them.
Hodges had been told by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to leave the bears where they were found, near Brookings, Corzine said.
The tree the mother and cubs were in was cut down, causing the mother bear to run off, she said. After three days the mother had not returned, so Hodges brought the bears home.
Daisy Schubert, a receptionist and member of the educational team at Wildlife Images, said the bears are about three weeks out of the den, which means they are about 2 months old.
Bear cubs spend the first four or five weeks in the den, she said. The cubs are starting to crawl and getting feisty, Schubert said.
Hodges did the right thing by contacting Wildlife Images and notifying Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, she said.
People who come across abandoned wildlife should contact the center immediately, she said.
Call the minute you find something.
The bears were cared for by Hodges for about a week, Corzine said.
At the center they will be fed a special milk replacement along with Pedialite, Schubert said. They wont be on solid food for sometime. The dont have teeth yet.
The cubs will stay in the custody of Wildlife Images for two years and then be released back into the wild in the Brookings area, she said.
(Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife) will transport the bears back up and release them, Schubert said.
Wildlife Images offers tours of its facility, but people wont be able to see the cubs, Schubert said. They are kept away from humans so they wont get attached to humans.
We wont even name them, she said.
The bears will be hand fed for six months, she said.
Right now they require 24-hour-a-day care, she said. Theyre feed every couple of hours. We try to keep it exactly the same as the momma bear would do.
By the time they are released they wont remember the human contact, she said. We just released some bears at Mount Hood we had for two years.
Black bears, the only bear that lives in Oregon, are generally born in pairs or there are three, she said. Very rarely is there just one.
The cubs are in good health, Schubert said.
They dont need any medical care. They just have to get used to not having the mothers milk, she said.
The bears had bad diarrhea but were not dehydrated, she said. They are really, really healthy.
Most people dont know about Wildlife Images because its nonprofit and doesnt advertise, Schubert said.
We probably take in 1,000 to 2,000 animals each year from all over Oregon, she said.
The center has cougars, bobcats, lynx, 19 bears, otters, beavers, birds of prey and even song birds, Schubert said.
If its wild, will take it in,she said.
People may contact Wildlife Images by calling (541) 476-0222 or may find on the Internet at http://www.wildlifeimages.org.
The cubs enjoyed a short celebrity status Monday when Doug Hodges, Daves nephew, took them to visit children at Lisa Harpers Choices for Children Preschool and Daycare.