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On May 17 we said goodbye to four orphaned bear cubs who had been in our care for the better part of a year. Two of the cubs were a brother and sister who arrived at PAWS last July after their mother was killed by a car. The other two were brothers who came to us last October after their mother was shot by a hunter.

Together with three other orphans from Oregon, the bear cubs thrived under our care. By the time we tranquilized and examined them on May 16 in preparation for their release, the smallest cub weighed in at 115 pounds, and the largest tipped the scales at 175 pounds. All four were fitted with GPS tracking collars before they were placed in their transport carriers.

Black Bear exam before release

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