|Completed bears' den. (Colorado Parks and Wildlife photo.)|
One of those centers, not far from us, fostered seven bear cubs this summer. Can you imagine how much they eat? And how much comes out the other end?
We had donated several large sacks of dry dog food — just a drop in the feed bucket. The bears got lucky when the manager of the Wal-Mart store in a nearby town not only sent over about a pallet-load of dog food but also cartons and cartons of fruit and vegetables.
As for the rest, let's just say that the question is not "Does a bear shit in the woods?" but "Does a wildlife rehabber dump buckets of bear turds in the woods?"
Then autumn comes. I learned that the rehabbers cannot release bears themselves, the way that they do with birds, deer, foxes, etc. It apparently is a question of liability issues. Wildlife officers pick them up and leave them at undisclosed locations.
|Wildlife officers place tranquilized bear in den. (Colorado Parks and Wildlife photo.)|
Presumably, they are sleeping there now.