Bear Cubs Returned to Wilderness After Rehab

The two cubs were confiscated from a suspected poacher at a California gas station.
2:43 | 02/19/13

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This is a big day for bear cubs that almost didn't get to grow up. They were from last summer at a Nevada -- gas station taken from a man charged with illegally killing their mother. They weighed just fifteen pounds each and would have no chance alone in the forced. So they were brought here to the only certified -- rehabilitation facility in California Lake Tahoe wildlife here. Run by Sheryl and Tom -- -- were given them an opportunity a second chance at life. To be a wild animal -- chance starts today. Visitors to -- -- there. The cubs spent the summer here eating and growing. Then they began hybrid eating today they're moving to a -- in the wild first veterinarian Kevin -- gives them -- As the drug starts to take effect volunteers -- the door and Tom wrangles with problems she may come tortured very. What should make a lot four -- and distributor moves your brother. -- The male cub was indeed it first so he's already mobilized. He's a big load now ninety pounds volunteers carry -- inside for a check up. Can they want to make sure the bears are healthy before they're released. They're being handed over to the state fish and wildlife department mark Kenyon is their man in charge of -- views the ID cards to help us to make sure that the -- -- home while -- teach. The female cub is much smaller 54 pounds just heavy enough to be released safely. This is a happy moment for the couple that his given the cubs such good here. Hopefully they'll be running across -- mountains climbing trees stating that they should do. The bears are loaded into a cage had to pick -- truck then they're on the road bound force agent forest north of Lake Tahoe. Quite remote and away from people so these bears don't have a that a tendency to walk into town industries in the coal. After an hour and a half drive the bears -- move to a snow cat to head out to their new home. -- orphaned cubs have been successfully released in this area since 2004 so the cubs' chances of survival really are very good. The last part of the trip is priceless. Finally it's time to -- the cuts into their new -- it's actually a plastic dog house covered with snow and outfitted with a bit of stroll. The team gently arranges the -- inside. Well we try to get with safe and sense of security it -- and in that sense like they -- -- I'm -- secure spot nothing confine me. -- door is covered with tree branches and a lot of snow and now. Well it's up to the -- If all goes as hoped they'll wake up check out their new neighborhood -- snuggle back in for the rest of the winter.

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