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8B Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter BEARS, from page 5B photo of a large pile of dry pine needles a bear had recently left. Bears tend to marks on trees to show brush back all of the dominance to other bears.' needles, leaves and other natural debris leaving the Are black bears ground exposed. On top and dangerous? around the sides pine Black bears aren't needles provided some typically dangerous to protection from the humans. They tend to be elements. shy and are seldom Understanding this can aggressive toward humans, help humans avoid areas With that said, be aware where mother bears and their cubs might be found. that mama bears are very protective of their cubs. Showing a photo of a When a female has cubs to black bear cub in a wire rear, people are encouraged cage, Kroll said this was one to be aware, that was rehabilitated. Cubs are born in January Sometimes cubs are and sometimes February separated from their after the female bear has mothers for various carried them for a gestation reasons. One method of period of seven months, rehabilitating the cub is to At birth, they're tiny -- send it to the Lake Tahoe weighing less than a pound Wildlife Care program, -- are blind and have little where trained specialists of the thick layers of fur attempt to keep an animal's they will grow to keep them wild instincts active. Once a warm. cub is ready to return to the The cubs tend to remain wild and fend for itself, it in the den until they're can be released. about 2 or 3 months old. Kroll said that one cub At this time the mothers was taken to an area near are hungry, They've spent Butt Lake Dam. They dug a the last few months snow cave for it and generally awake tending to encouraged a natural every need of their cubs. hibernationthrough the The nursing babies, usually rest of winter. The plan was one to three of them, but for it to return to a fully wild state when it awoke. larger numbers are on record, have taken 15 to 25 When bears are relocated, percent of the mother's they're given a radio weight. But even when transmitter or at least an foraging for food, the ear tag so wardens can keep mother's acute hearing-- track of the bear and log their success rate. far more sensitive than a human's -- will be tuned in When observing black to even the faintest cry of bears, people are reminded one her cubs. that bears will stand on Mother bears will their back feet, bare their continue to nurse their cubs teeth and growl in an effort until their chewing teeth to scare off someone. It come in later in the spring, won't attack in this position according to "Bear With however. An attack is done Us," a black bear on all fours. information and protection But seeing a bear in this program. While continuing position doesn't always to nurse her young, the mean it's on the alert. It mother bear is bent on . could simply mean that it's consuming enormous standing to better sniff the calories every day. And air for scents of food or once their teeth come in the other animals. cubs will start learning Black bears rarely attack what's good to eat. humans, Kroll explained. A bear dzd Showing a photograph of," attack a person a mother bear andher two -ut 10 years ago in Sierra cubs, Kroll said this blackCounty. Kpparently, the bear was busy peeling back person had wounded the the bark of a large pine tree. bear and it attacked the Once she had exposed a individual, he said. source of grubs or insects, Black bears are a she would encourage her protected species, Kroll cubs to eat them. said. Although their In the fall the mother will numbers are rebounding, show the cubs how to their habitat is threatened construct a den. These according to Defenders of might be made in a tangle of Wildlife. downed trees, dense brush, The public is encouraged in an existing hollowed tree to use common sense about or even in the pine needles black bears. Just because a in someone's backyard, bear is on the porch or in Kroll showed another the backyard doesn't mean it's a threat, This bear cub was captured and was going to be rehabilitated someplace far away from the usual human use areas. Lt. Kyle Kroll wasn't sure where this happened, but scenes like this are all too common in homes and cabins throughout the area. Bears don't know they're invading someone's property, they're just doing what they're programmed to do -- find food. and then returned tO the wild eea~flke Chicken for dinner~ or any time they can get it. This bear was caught in the act of ripping apart the door to a seemingly sturdy coop. Bears are strong and can inflict a lot of damage when they're after something. 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