ANCHORAGE, Alaska — By all accounts, the little black bear
spotted near Juneau should be snug in its den, curled up beside its
mother and sleeping away the harsh Alaska winter.
Instead, the orphaned cub on Douglas Island is wide awake and
scrounging for anything to eat — dog food, bird seed, dead crows.
"He is just a little black fuzzball,"
said Brenda Greenbank, who's seen the cub and estimates him to be 25
pounds — the size of a small dog. "I just
can't see him surviving without a mother to protect him."
Now humans have stepped in where Mother Nature has failed. A live trap
was set Thursday at the beachfront home owned by Greenbank and Gary
Rosenberger to try and catch the fuzzball.
The plan is to move the cub to a remote location off the island where
it will be introduced to a denning box made of wood and filled with a
Grant Hilderbrandt, a regional supervisor for the Division of
Wildlife Conservation, said if the cub isn't captured, his chances
of surviving are poor.
"It's a hard life out there," he
The trap was set at Greenbank's home because the bear scored a few
meals there. Rosenberger saw the cub for the first time a couple of
days before Christmas after returning with deer from a hunting trip.
"He went out to the garage and thought he saw
a dog carrying away a front quarter. He followed it a bit and realized
it was a tiny bear," Greenbank said.
The next time Rosenberger had a close encounter with the bear was when
he was putting meat scraps for gulls and eagles in a tin atop the wood
"The wood pile is just outside the front
door. When he reached out to put another handful in there, he just
about touched that guy because he had his face buried in that pan,"
Greenbank said. "The little guy had crawled
up on the wood pile and helped himself."
Black bears in southeast
Alaska normally go into hibernation in late
October or early November, with pregnant sows typically going in
No one really knows for sure what triggers the need to hibernate, but
it probably has to do with the weather getting colder and food
scarcer, Hilderbrandt said.
The orphan probably wasn't in good shape
going into the winter because it was without its mother, Hilderbrandt
said. That could be one reason why it isn't hibernating.
To lure the cub into the trap, apples and cinnamon are being used,
said Neil Barten, area wildlife management biologist on Douglas
"Basically, it smells like Thanksgiving,"
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