N.J. Rehab Facility Preparing Orphaned West Milford Bear Cubs For The Wild


CBS New York

PITTSTOWN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Three orphaned bear cubs found earlier this week are being rehabilitated in the hills of Hunterdon County.

CBS 2’s Vanessa Murdock took a trip to the Woodlands Wildlife Refuge on Friday to check up on the cubs.

By human standards, the three bear cubs were having the worst week of their life. They were orphaned Sunday when their mother was euthanized for breaking into a West Milford home. Video shows one of cubs dangling 50 feet off the ground after it scrambled up a tree during the ordeal.

Days later, they were scared, but safe at the Woodlands Wildlife Refuge. Murdock was offered a rare look inside.

“They’re trying to hide. They know that people aren’t something they’re supposed to be friendly with,” refuge executive director Tracy Leaver said.

Leaver said the short time the cubs had with their mother is irreplaceable.

“They’ve learned some…

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