Another Mother Bear with Cubs Euthanized?

What madness. Just after a mother bear in British Columbia was euthanized for barely hurting a man, comes a report of another mother bear with cubs being taken down, and this time it appears to have been the wrong bear. Near Crestone, Colorado a bear was euthanized by wildlife officials, but a rancher said they got the wrong one. Someone had complained to the Wildlife department about a large and small bear killing their goat, but the officers shot a mother bear with cubs instead.

“She was an amazing mother. She was very attentive. She made special noises to get them up the tree and down it,” said the rancher. (Source: 9news.com) The cubs huddled around the mother bears body waiting for it to awake. The rancher is also an attorney and is considering suing the Wildlife department.

Is it standard policy to orphan bear cubs by euthanizing their mothers? To some this might seem a sentimentally-based complaint, but killing the mother results sometimes in the deaths of the young, and yet they didn’t do any harm. Also, depending on the age of the young, leaving them without a mother could make them more likely to seek easy food sources such as human garbage, because the may not have learned to find every natural food source adult bears use.

Often in such cases bears are attracted to areas where humans live due to unsecured garbage. Making sure food waste is stored properly usually eliminates bear incidents. Also, more residential development is taking place closer to wildlife habitats, and there is less habitat remaining for wild animals. They need many square miles of natural land to move around in when they are looking for food. Crestone has a human population of about 100 or less people, and is located in a mountainous area with many forests. Because of its’ natural beauty and closeness to the Rocky Mountains, a number of spiritual centers are located in the area.

Image Credit: Fred Bauder

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100 comments

Phyl M.
P M.3 years ago

How shameful that people never learn to respect wildlife. The person who killed these bears should be imprisoned & fined. A mistake killed animals.

Alicia N.
Alicia N.3 years ago

humans are pathetic

Lorraine Hagin
Lorraine Hagin3 years ago

Say it how it truely was, this bear was killed and not euthanized for apparently "barely hunting a man" - yeah right! Why was she supposedly doing this, she had cubs for god's sake - this person had no right to even be near her and for this she paid the price - DEATH, disgusting, absolutely disgusting! Mankind treats animals with so little regard that it makes me ashamed to be a part of the human race. Remember we're destroying their environment, we're poach their land to build on and then we expect these poor creatures to understand that they should stay away and if they don't then some trigger happy merciless ranchers/bounty hunters comes along and takes their lives - despicable! It's about time we started respecting and looking after the welfare of our animals on this planet before it's too late or is it already?

Mary Emmons
Mary Emmons3 years ago

It sounds like the Rancher will help out. . .I hope. Poor babies left to fend for themselves. That is messed up!!

karen pieper
karen pieper3 years ago

why did they kill the mother? because it was a threat? why didn't they kill the babies they to will soon grow up to be a threat. and here's the thing, the dumb asses that are shooting them are the same dumb asses who moved into the bear's territory to begin with.

Stacey Cadaret
Stacey Cadaret3 years ago

what the hell wrong with people wrong bear ?? do your F%*@N JOB RIGHT !!!!!!!! QUIT BEING TRIGGER HAPPY!!! YOU P-O-S SORRY THIS STUFF JUST FLOORS ME SOMETIMES

Mary Beth M.
MaryBeth M.3 years ago

Just sickening. Another mistake, oh well. it's just a bear. What becomes of these cubs now? You are responsible and accountable for all your actions and mistakes.

Atocha B.
Mary F.3 years ago

It is a shame that the rangers shot the wrong bear, but it had nothing to do with "manliness". It was just a simple mistake. We all make them.

Johnice R.
Johnice R.3 years ago

So disheartening.

Lydia Price

The poor mother and babies. Such a tragic love story.