‘Too far gone’: Abandoned bear cub passes away despite rescue efforts

Colorado wildlife officers gave a young bear blankets and fluids after the cub was found near...
Colorado wildlife officers gave a young bear blankets and fluids after the cub was found near death close to Manitou Springs on May 2, 2021. The bear sadly didn't survive a second night.(Colorado Parks and Wildlife)
Published: May. 3, 2021 at 12:47 PM MDT|Updated: May. 4, 2021 at 10:06 AM MDT
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UPDATE (5/4): Despite life-saving efforts, wildlife officers were unable to save an orphaned bear cub rescued from a storm Sunday night.

Officers said they’re taking the news hard.

“I take this real personal,” said Michael Sirochman, manager of Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Frisco Creek Wildlife Center. “I feel like I failed despite all our best efforts.”

His somber tone echos the mood at CPW’s southeast office, Parks and Wildlife said.

Sirochman said the bear was extremely underweight and had probably been on its own for a long time.

“We saved three cubs last year, but this bear was too far gone.”


PREVIOUS (5/3): A good Samaritan and several wildlife officers saved a baby bear after the cub was caught during a storm along Ute Pass Sunday night.

The little cub had been abandoned by its mother and was near death when a homeowner spotted it.

“We got a call this morning about a very sick, abandoned bear cub,” said Colorado Parks and Wildlife Officer Cassidy English. “She’s about 10-15 pounds. She was very lethargic; she was out in the storm last night, so she’s very cold.”

Wildlife officers created a nest of blankets inside a carrier and turned on a space heater to get her warm. She “perked up” after getting food, English said.

The cub will now receive further care at CPW’s Frisco Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation Center near Del Norte.

As for why the baby bear was alone, English said there are a few possibilities.

“Something could have happened to Mom, or she could have gotten sick and Mom has other, healthy cubs to take care of. Sometimes moms will leave sick cubs behind. So those are just a couple of reasonings why she could be abandoned, but nobody knows for sure.”

Colorado Parks and Wildlife says the homeowner 100 percent did the right thing by alerting wildlife officers.

“If you ever find abandoned wildlife, just leave it alone and give us a call, and we’ll come out and assess the situation and see if it’s truly abandoned or not. Just like this little cub, she’s definitely abandoned, but other wildlife sometimes like fawns, Mom will leave them alone for an extended amount of time. Bears usually stay with Mom. So if you see a bear cub -- especially this small -- running around by itself, that’s a sign to definitely call us so we can take a look at it.

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