The cub is still alive. The surveillance cameras installed in the surroundings of the Palentina Mountain cave where a bear injured by a male has taken refuge have confirmed that the cub remains with its mother. The still infant was protected by the plantigrade when almost a week ago she was attacked by a bear that ended up dying off a cliff. The bear also fell, but survived, although now the team deployed among the cliffs is trying to find out how the animal is in health to determine how to help it. So far they have left food and water in the cave where they have taken refuge.
The environmental agents deployed by the Ministry of the Environment of the Junta de Castilla y León, in coordination with the Fundación Oso Pardo, have certified the good news through recordings from this past night. The bear cub has been registered thanks to those cameras installed in front of the cave where they have taken refuge, practically inaccessible. Specialists insist that the bear, who is protecting her calf and is probably injured, poses a danger for people to approach in search of more information about her situation.
The next step in the operation consists of continuing to provide food and water support to the mammals and, as indicated by the Ministry in a statement, “try to check the extent of the bear’s injuries to assess its viability, or if, on the contrary, the cub had to be captured to achieve its survival and taken to specialized facilities until it reaches the appropriate weight and age. The cub is barely half a year old and continues to need to suckle from its mother until its instinct sharpens and it can feed on its own. On previous occasions in which these omnivores are orphaned, something relatively common because the males in heat try to kill the cubs so that the females return to the reproductive cycle, attempts have been made to raise the specimens until they can fend for themselves, seeking as long as they have minimal contact with humans. The importance of the bear in these places is paramount because there are hardly “between six and eight females”, according to official figures, in this eastern area of the Palentina Mountain, in the north of the province.
The Board has recalled that this alternative breeding method worked between 2019 and 2020 with Saba and Éndriga, two ursids that, “after passing through the semi-free acclimatization facilities that the Board has on the Valsemana farm (León), could be reintroduced successfully in the Cantabrian Mountains”. Now we still have to know how the mother is and thus gauge what future awaits the cub.
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