Oregon man not cited for picking up dehydrated bear cub

"Every time I thought he was dead, he would just breath once a minute".

After asking for help on Facebook, Hancock, who named the cub Elkhorn because he found it on Elkhorn Road, drove to the Turtle Ridge Wildlife Center on the recommendation of a social media user.

He then took the bear to a wildlife centre in OR where he is recovering well but he can never be returned to the wild. He waited around for the mother bear for 10 minutes, but when she didn't show, Hancock swaddled the "dying" cub in his shirt and ran it back to his auto.

"I hid behind a tree and made sure there wasn't a Momma bear anywhere", he said. He was barely breathing and not responsive, Hancock says. His hydration and body temperature finally normalized around 2a.m.

Interfering with wildlife and taking them out of their natural habitat is illegal, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The bear is expected to make a full recovery, and will be transferred to a full-time rehabilitation centre.

We advise people to never assume a young animal is orphaned unless they saw the mother die. "It is quite common for young to temporarily be left alone in the wild".

A year ago a baby bison at Yellowstone National Park was euthanized after Canadian tourists who thought it looked cold put it in the back of their auto and its bison family refused to let it back into the herd.

"He was extremely emaciated - it was pretty easy to determine he hadn't had food for several days". Elkhorn is now doing well after receiving fluids and a warming blanket.

We owe a big THANK YOU to Elkhorn's hero Corey for finding the distressed cub and safely bringing him to us.

'He did kind of twitch a couple times, so I knew he was dying or going through the motions of death when I found him, ' Hancock told ABC.

Dennehy said Wednesday that state police had decided not to cite Hancock under the law, saying that he had "good intentions" but had been given a warning about why his actions could have had unintended consequences. "I think anybody who's a decent human being would have picked that bear up and done the same thing I did".

  • Joanne Flowers