PORTLAND — A black bear cub picked up by an Oregon hiker who said the cub was not moving and barely breathing has been moved to a wildlife center in Washington.
The Oregonian reported that the 3-month-old bear dubbed “Elkhorn” was sent to PAWS Wildlife Center in Snohomish County, Washington, on Friday.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said the cub will be able to develop in the Lynnwood center without being habituated to humans.
Wildlife officials say it’s illegal to take wildlife out of their habitat, but Oregon State Police have said Hancock won’t be cited. An Oregon veterinarian said she and others treated the cub for mild pneumonia.
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Corey Hancock of Salem, Oregon, found the bear alone Monday and took the animal to a local wildlife-rehab facility.