These are photos of the two little bear cubs that we got in on Friday, May 29.
The cubs came from Duarte, CA (in L.A. County), at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains. They were with their mother when she was shot and killed. The shooter said that the mother bear had been walking through his yard and scared his wife, so he went to get his shotgun and killed her.
It took F&G two weeks to catch these little cubs. They were examined at the Wildlife Investigations Lab in Rancho Cordova on Thursday, May 28th, and LTWC we got the call Friday morning and went to pick them up.
On Friday evening, Dr. Willits examined the cubs, and we were able to take the photos below. Aside from several foxtails found in their ears, they both appear to be healthy. They both certainly have healthy appetites (as our webcam viewers have noted during mealtimes!).
Cheryl holding a healthy bear paw!
This photo shows the foxtails that Dr. Willits removed from the cubs' ears. Both of the cubs had inflammed ears thanks to these unwelcome little guests; they're going to be a lot more comfortable without them.