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Orphaned Bear Cubs Brought To Ramona Wildlife Center

An orphaned bear cub at the San Diego Humane Society's Ramona Wildlife Center is shown in this undated photo.
San Diego Humane Society
An orphaned bear cub at the San Diego Humane Society's Ramona Wildlife Center is shown in this undated photo.

A pair of orphaned bear cubs were being rehabilitated to go back to the wild and are receiving care at the San Diego Humane Society's Ramona Wildlife Center.

The bears, estimated to be 6 months old, were brought to the San Diego Humane Society (SDHS) after getting too close to people, some of whom fed them. They were captured by California Department of Fish and Wildlife officers on Aug. 18 in the Three Rivers community of Tulare County.

The animals were captured for their own benefit, as well as for public safety reasons, according to the SDHS.

Orphaned bear cubs at the San Diego Humane Society's Ramona Wildlife Center are shown in this undated photos.
San Diego Humane Society
Orphaned bear cubs at the San Diego Humane Society's Ramona Wildlife Center are shown in this undated photos.

"These two cubs are definitely too young to survive on their own without their mother," said Christine Barton, operations and wildlife rehabilitation director at the SDHS' Ramona campus.

"We are thankful that the California Department of Fish and Wildlife was able to capture them when these two orphans began approaching people," Barton added. "It typically doesn't end well for humans or animals when people begin feeding wildlife, regardless of age."

The Project Wildlife team "will provide a safe environment where the bear cubs can practice their natural skills and get the proper nutrition they need to grow and eventually be released back in the wild, where they belong," according to the SDHS.

San Diego Humane Society's Project Wildlife offers wild animal rehabilitation and education programs in San Diego County.