ASHLAND, Ore. — Some Ashland Rite Aid customers saw a rare site when they went to the store on Sunday. A one-month-old, 13 pound bear cub wandered into the store in the afternoon.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said the cub likely got separated from its mother and is comfortable enough with humans that it went into the store, and was likely looking for food. The female cub was eventually caught under a basket by Ashland Police and handed off to OSP and eventually ODFW.
The bear was taken to a wildlife center in Corvallis, and after consideration, she is on her way to a rehab facility in Washington.
“That bear is going to get older and bigger and human habituated bears that are big are a lot more concerning than a 13 pounder. So there was that to consider, and then the location. Where are you going to put that little guy,” said Rosemary Sussy, an ODFW Assistant District Wildlife Biologist.
ODFW said the bear will be kept for a year and brought back down to Southern Oregon to be released back into the wild.
Video taken by Robin Bishop.