Three Rivers bear update


Three Rivers Bear update
On Thursday, August 6, Kyle Stark, Three Rivers resident deputy, spent an hour coaxing this juvenile bear away from the busy highway while awaiting the arrival of the game warden from California Department of Fish and Wildlife.


Wandering bear ended up in captivity to sober up

The year-and-a-half year-old male bear that was captured on Thursday, August 6, remains in custody according to Stephanie McNulty, spokesperson for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife regional office in Fresno. After being held overnight at the Department’s Tulare County facility, the tiny, non-threatening critter remained in unstable condition on Friday, August 7. Three Rivers Bear update

It was reported that the local bear had spent the two previous days prior to its capture dining on rotted plums and wild grapes in the vicinity of Cort Gallery in Three Rivers. One biologist who examined the bear said the critter had become sick and intoxicated from ingesting too much fermented fruit. Three Rivers Bear update

On Friday, August 7, the captured bear was transported to the department’s wildlife lab facility in Madera. The bear is believed to have been held in the Madera facility for several more days until he regained his strength. It is probable, but not yet confirmed, that today, August 14, was the target date to release the youngster back into the wild.    Three Rivers Bear update

Three Rivers Bear update
Kyle Stark, Three Rivers resident deputy, with the help of Daniel Torres, California Department of Fish and Wildlife game warden, prepare to lift the juvenile bear for transport to the department’s facility near Terminus Dam.

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3 thoughts on “Three Rivers bear update

  • August 14, 2020 at 8:52 am

    If not directly into the community, I hope they will make an effort to return him to his home area.
    I know when Critter Creek rescues a bird, they try to release the bird into the same vicinity as the rescue. It seems to make sense.

  • August 14, 2020 at 8:57 am

    Poor little guy! He looks very thin! Hope he got a couple of good meals before they let him loose! 🙂

  • August 14, 2020 at 9:16 am

    Thank you, Deputy Stark and Mr. Torres! Good luck, little bear!


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